UNDEFEATED by Steve Sheinkin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Superb nonfiction that will entertain as it informs. (source notes, works cited, acknowledgments, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Young readers of this biography may be surprised that Jim Thorpe, an athlete they may never have heard of, was once considered "the best athlete on the planet." Read full book review >
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT FIRST LADIES by Ruby Shamir
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A breezy way to, as Abigail Adams urged, 'remember the ladies.' (list of presidents and first ladies, source notes) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
A gathering of spirited, intelligent women who accompanied—and, sometimes, shepherded—our country's presidents into the White House. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A comprehensive treasury of memories, verbal art, and play. (notes, bibliography, index) (Folklore. 1-10)"
An ebullient collection of African-American playtime lore, traced to its sources. Read full book review >
PATHFINDERS by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A lively volume and an excellent approach to U.S. history. (glossary, source notes, bibliography, image credits, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In 16 minibiographies, Bolden tells the stories of little-known African-Americans who "had big, bold dreams. Pursued passions. Caught up with their callings." Read full book review >
MISSION TO PLUTO by Mary Kay Carson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A worthy companion to Catherine Thimmesh's Team Moon (2006) with similar appeal. (glossary, web resources, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A team effort sends a space probe to the edge of our solar system. Read full book review >

SCAR ISLAND by Dan Gemeinhart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Children who respond to it well will read it over and over again. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lord of the Flies set on Alcatraz, with the Gothic sensibility of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Read full book review >
THE BAD GUYS by Aaron Blabey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"We challenge anyone to read this and keep a straight face. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Four misunderstood villains endeavor to turn over a new leaf…or a new rap sheet in Blabey's frenzied romp. Read full book review >
A KIDS' GUIDE TO AMERICA'S FIRST LADIES by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An inspirational lot, overall, of women who have 'enhanced our country in many resplendent ways.' (selected sources, index) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
Frank profiles of 45 women who, for the most part, made the best of a "weird job." Read full book review >
THE WARDEN'S DAUGHTER by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Moving and memorable. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Perpetually angry, motherless Cammie O'Reilly, the warden's daughter, sets about turning Eloda Pupko, the silent, distant trustee working as "Cammie-keeper," into a mother figure over the summer she turns 13. Read full book review >
THE SWEETEST SOUND by Sherri Winston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Readers will be rooting for both Cadence as she claims her gift and the community who supports her. (Fiction. 8-12)"
What if, in not keeping a promise to God, you make a deal with the devil? Read full book review >
FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES by Ellen Oh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A natural for middle school classrooms and libraries, this strong collection should find eager readers. (Anthology. 8-12)"
Edited by We Need Diverse Books co-founder Oh, a collection of short stories that embraces a wide cultural spectrum of authorship. Read full book review >
EMILY DICKINSON by Emily Dickinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"This arresting edition makes for a wonderful introduction to Dickinson's poetry that's sure to captivate all ages. (introduction, glossary, notes, bibliography) (Poetry. 8-12)"
An illustrated Dickinson primer for young and old. 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 >