PRESIDENT LINCOLN by Demi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 12, 2016

"A picture-book portrait that's beautiful as well as admiring. (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
With a jewel cutter's precision of image and a like economy of language, Demi tells the story of the 16th U.S. president. Read full book review >
MIRACLE MAN by John Hendrix
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Brief of text but memorably illustrated. (Picture book/religion. 5-9)"
Some of Jesus' message is here, but the focus is on selected miracles and the wonder thereof. Read full book review >

DEEP ROOTS by Nikki Tate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Still, a solid foundation, a taproot to appreciating the incredible diversity and contribution of trees to our everyday lives. (resources, glossary index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A rangy introduction to trees and how they sustain our very existence. Read full book review >
LIVING FOSSILS by Caroline Arnold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"School and public libraries whose copies of James Martin's Living Fossils (1997) have worn out will welcome this inviting new look at a popular subject, as will kids with an interest in paleontology and evolution. (timeline, glossary, resources) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Six creatures whose essential appearances haven't changed in millions of years provide an introduction to the idea of "living fossils." Read full book review >
LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"With a smart balance of humor and heart, this is a winning sequel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dirk Daring, Secret Agent (2014) returns for another spy romp. Read full book review >

FENWAY AND HATTIE by Victoria J. Coe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Young dog lovers will enjoy Fenway's point of view, even if his eagerness wears a bit thin. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Fenway, a young, exuberant Jack Russell terrier, is having lots of trouble getting his "short human," Hattie, to behave. Read full book review >
MABEL JONES AND THE FORBIDDEN CITY by Will Mabbitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"If this is the future, count child fans in. (Adventure. 8-11)"
Crepuscular carnivores! Hypnotized egrets! Amputated bottoms! The pajama-clad child pirate Mabel Jones is back for her latest adventure. Read full book review >
WHAT ARE YOU GLAD ABOUT? WHAT ARE YOU MAD ABOUT? by Judith Viorst
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"An unusually mixed bag. (Poetry. 6-10)"
The title of Viorst's latest collection of poetry for children provides an open invitation for readers not only to ponder feelings in general, but to examine their reactions to the assembled poems as well. Read full book review >
THE MAGE OF TRELIAN by Michelle Knudsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A solid, satisfying genre performance; it may not invent any new tricks, but it executes each component in a grand fashion. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
An exemplary middle-grade fantasy trilogy concludes with a blast. Lots of blasts. Read full book review >
LITTLE CAT'S LUCK by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Excellent for young readers and all cat lovers. (Verse fiction. 7-12)"
This little cat's luck turns out to be dependent on the kindness of strangers, and that, most satisfyingly, connects back to her own unerring kindness. Read full book review >
LOUISE TRAPEZE DID NOT LOSE THE JUGGLING CHICKENS by Micol Ostow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Louise is a feisty gal with the best of intentions. She just 'accidentally a-little-bit' messes everything up. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Louise Trapeze is back (Louise Trapeze Is Totally 100% Fearless, 2015), longing to be more mature than ever.Read full book review >
SARA LOST AND FOUND by Virginia Castleman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Written from debut novelist Castleman's childhood experience of adoption from an orphanage, this title offers much fodder for discussion. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Placed in foster care, 10-year-old Sara wrestles with the meaning of family, loyalty, and love. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >