PLAYING CUPID by Jenny Meyerhoff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A fast read for budding romance fans, from the Wish series. (Fiction. 8-12)"
At Austen Middle School, seventh grade means the Austen Business Challenge. Latina Clara's project? Matching up couples for the Hot Chocolate Social. Read full book review >
NEWSPRINTS by Ru Xu
by Ru Xu, illustrated by Ru Xu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Despite a few rough edges, a promising start. (Graphic science fiction. 11-13)"
An escalating war unites a ragamuffin with a secret and two fugitives with secrets of their own in this steampunk-tinged opener. Read full book review >

WARRIOR BRONZE by Michelle Paver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A shining conclusion to a stunning series. (Historical fantasy. 8-12)"
Hylas and Pirra travel to Messenia and Lykonia to find Issi, Hylas' sister, and retrieve the dagger of Koronos from the evil Crow army. Read full book review >
STORM HORSE by Nick Garlick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Overall, a solid horse book with the bonus of a male protagonist. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
A boy in rural Holland works to keep the horse he rescued from the sea. Read full book review >
ME AND MARVIN GARDENS by Amy Sarig King
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A finely wrought, magical coming-of-age tale with a convincing message. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
King, who writes as A.S. King for teens, offers a mystical, fablelike tale for a younger audience. Read full book review >

SHORT by Holly Goldberg Sloan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A charming read with an important message that no matter one's stature, 'the way we move tells the world who we are.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
Julia Marks is taking readers somewhere over the rainbow and embarking on a summer of self-discovery. Read full book review >
THE CRYSTAL RIBBON by Celeste Lim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Fantasy, history, folklore, memorable characters, and even a hint of humor converge for a great read. (Historical fantasy. 9-14)"
This hopeful coming-of-age story weaves together historical facts and spiritual/cultural beliefs to tell a tale of empowerment from the perspective of a poor, young female—one of the lowliest members of society in medieval China. Read full book review >
THE CROOKED SIXPENCE by Jennifer Bell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An auspicious trilogy opener. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Ivy and her brother Seb, 14, discover a surprising parallel world of uncommon objects and people when their grandmother is injured just after Christmas. Read full book review >
RIVERS OF SUNLIGHT by Molly Bang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A handsome invitation to earth science. (notes) (Nonfiction. 4-10)"
The way that the warmth of our sun creates the ebb and flow of water among Earth, its atmosphere, its oceans, and land is the subject of this latest edition to Chisholm and Bang's gorgeous series. Read full book review >
THE HARLEM CHARADE by Natasha Tarpley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A story that motivates justice and inspires kindness, this will have readers hoping for another outing with these appealing protagonists. (author's notes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
The worlds of three Harlem kids collide in an intriguing historical mystery. Read full book review >
LESSER SPOTTED ANIMALS by Martin Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This ambitious nonfiction picture book uncovering extraordinary, rarely spotlighted creatures is both informative and funny—quite a feat. (glossary, key) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Meet the numbat, fairy armadillo, zorilla, banded linsang, hirola, and a world of lesser-known animals. Read full book review >
FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP by Laura Atkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"This first book in the Fighting for Justice series is a must-read for all civics classrooms. (resources for activism, note from Karen Korematsu, bibliography) (Blended nonfiction/historical fiction. 8-14)"
When Fred Korematsu, a young Japanese-American man, defied U.S. governmental orders by refusing to report to prison camps during World War II, he and his allies set in motion a landmark civil liberties case. 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 >