THE IMPOSSIBLE CLUE by Sarah  Rubin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A perplexing mystery with a savvy sleuth and unexpected outcome. (Mystery. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old math whiz keen on solving problems tackles the case of a missing scientist. Read full book review >
THE WEARLE by Chris d’Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Enjoyable but not exceptional fare for d'Lacey's fans and readers of Tui T. Sutherland's dragon books. (list of characters, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Young dragon Gabrial and young human Ren cross paths, uncover a hidden evil, and unravel a mystery. Read full book review >

ABRAHAM by Frank Keating
by Frank Keating, illustrated by Mike Wimmer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Like the faces on Mount Rushmore, this entry in the series provides a face but falls short on substance. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Following Theodore (2006) and George (2012), Keating adds a new face to the Mount Rushmore series. Read full book review >
THE GRIFFIN OF DARKWOOD by Becky Citra
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Solid worldbuilding makes this a believable, page-turning adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The son of a fantasy novelist finds himself in an adventure worthy of one of his mother's plots. Read full book review >
WHAT ON EARTH? WIND by Isabel Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"A breeze through a subject often covered in the primary grades. Pair with Vicki Cobb and Julia Gorton's I Face the Wind (2003). (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
A multifaceted invitation to young readers to explore, create, and investigate the phenomenon of wind. Read full book review >

KRYSIA by Krystyna Mihulka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Elegant, eye-opening, and memorable. (Memoir. 10-15)"
A young girl endures life as a political prisoner. Read full book review >
REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS by Catherine Herbert Howell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Children will get more from their explorations with these guides along. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Following two titles focusing on birds and rocks and minerals (both 2016, not reviewed), the Ultimate Explorer field-guide series continues to expand. Read full book review >
THE FORBIDDEN POWER by Max Brallier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Perhaps there is appeal for dyed-in-the-wool fans, but it's not likely to make converts. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A misfit toy strives to fit in at his new academy. Read full book review >
HORIZON by Scott Westerfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A solid popcorn adventure. (Science fiction. 9-14)"
A mysterious plane crash lands a pack of kids in an impossible place in Scholastic's newest multiplatform series kickoff. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Cottman wrote a well-received version of this story for adults (The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie, 1999), and this retelling for young readers is just as intriguing. (timeline, map, color photographs, epilogue, suggestions for further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
A Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American journalist recounts how his passion for scuba diving led to an emotional connection to a shipwrecked slave vessel. Read full book review >
POP GIRL by Tallia Storm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Sweet as a sticky piece of bubble gum. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Scottish teen singer Storm writes what she knows in this thinly fictionalized account of a Glasgow girl who turns overnight pop star. Read full book review >
AGATHA PARROT AND THE HEART OF MUD by Kjartan Poskitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Agatha is distinctive, funny, and engaging. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Agatha Parrot is a sprightly kind of girl. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >