STRANGE FRUIT by Gary Golio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A must-read, must-discuss that will speak to children and linger with adults.(Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Lynching: a strange and difficult but important topic for a song—and for this picture book. Read full book review >
THE NEGRO LEAGUES by Matt Doeden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"It's conventional fare, but it's systematic and at least a little broader in scope than older titles. (notes, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A broad survey of African-Americans in baseball, from the end of the Civil War to the era of Jackie Robinson and the last of the barnstormers. Read full book review >

YOURS TRULY by Heather Vogel Frederick
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Truly's fans cheer the return of the likable sleuth in this family-oriented mystery in which past and present collide. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Following Absolutely Truly (2014), this second Pumpkin Falls Mystery follows middle schooler and gumshoe Truly Lovejoy as she tackle mysteries surrounding a local feud and a family secret. Read full book review >
THE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET! by Carmen Agra Deedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This subtle, modern multicultural tale is a must-have: 'Kee-kee-ree-KEE!' Indeed! (Picture book. 4-9)"
The streets of the village of La Paz ring with song, both the musical kind and the symphony of life. Read full book review >
ARTEMIS by George O'Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Admire her—from a distance—and don't dis her or her mom. (notes, character profiles, discussion questions, reading lists) (Graphic mythology. 8-14)"
O'Connor offers a portrait of the Wild Goddess of the Hunt as probably the last of the Olympians you'd want to cross. Read full book review >

AUDACITY JONES STEALS THE SHOW by Kirby Larson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A suspenseful little mystery with heart. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Audacity Jones returns for her next adventure, this time helping Harry Houdini in his quest to make an elephant disappear. Read full book review >
GORILLA DAWN by Gill Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A riveting survival adventure with an important message. (Fiction. 9-14)"
A child soldier and a park ranger's son rescue an infant gorilla. Read full book review >
CLEO EDISON OLIVER IN PERSUASION POWER by Sundee T. Frazier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Cleo's an engaging, effervescent original whose story unfolds with humor and insight, probing weighty issues with a light touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In her latest business venture (creating personalized barrettes), the pint-size entrepreneur harnesses the power of social networking, fifth-grade style. Read full book review >
A SURPRISE FOR TERESITA / UNA SORPRESA PARA TERESITA by Virginia Sánchez-Korrol
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Teresita's anticipation will ring true to any kid who's been saddled with an evening birthday party. (Bilingual picture book. 5-9)"
A young girl celebrating her birthday waits for a gift from her uncle, absorbing the sights and sounds of her city neighborhood. Read full book review >
THE BEST MISTAKE MYSTERY by Sylvia McNicoll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Readers who can get past the tonal quibbles will appreciate seeing how this class geek discovers that some of his brainy quirks make him a fine budding sleuth. (Mystery. 9-12)"
A bomb threat leads to early school dismissal and leaves Stephen entangled in intrigue. Read full book review >
LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A song of love vs. a cacophony of hate—all in a beautiful model of bookmaking. (timeline, bibliography, credits and sources) (Historical verse fiction. 11-18)"
A powerful and riveting account of an American couple in love when that love was ruled illegal in many American states. Read full book review >
ALL THAT GLITTERS by Lisa Ann Scott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Gentle, positive, and surprisingly introspective for the genre. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A young pony learns about confidence and patience at the Enchanted Pony Academy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >