THE PLAYBOOK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This will appeal to fans of Alexander's previous middle-grade novels as well as young sports fans. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Building on the great success of his Newbery-winning The Crossover (2014), Alexander provides advice and life lessons to young readers, drawn mostly from the world of sports and organized by a schema of "rules." Read full book review >
SAM THE MAN & THE RUTABAGA PLAN by Frances O’Roark Dowell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Readers will be happy to spend time with Sam the Man. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Sam is saddled with a rutabaga as his vegetable for the next two weeks in second-grade science. Read full book review >

CALICO GIRL by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"At once heartbreaking and uplifting, a gentle, lyrical story of a determined black girl's journey toward freedom during the Civil War. (afterword, bibliography, endnotes) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A young enslaved girl embraces the promises and uncharted world of freedom in the early days of the American Civil War. Read full book review >
ARTHUR AND THE GOLDEN ROPE by Joe Todd-Stanton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"With picture books seeming to hew to ever more minimalist approaches, this retelling of a Norse myth, rich with adventure and mystery in a wonderfully picturesque package, comes as an opulent treat. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An unlikely hero rescues his Icelandic village in this picture-book retelling of "The Binding of Fenrir." Read full book review >
LAST DAY ON MARS by Kevin Emerson
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Enigmatic enemies, sabotage, space travel, and short, bone-wracking bits of time travel make for a banging adventure. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
All remaining humans are leaving Mars for a distant planet, but departure day goes sideways. Read full book review >

ADDIE BELL'S SHORTCUT TO GROWING UP by Jessica Brody
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Warm, if frothy, acknowledgment of the value of keeping true, longtime friends. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
On the eve of her 12th birthday Addie wishes she were 16. Read full book review >
ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST by Mary  Losure
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Narrative nonfiction at its best and most convincing. (acknowledgements, source notes, bibliography, index not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The last of the magicians: Sir Isaac Newton. Read full book review >
WHEN THE RAIN COMES by Alma Fullerton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A beautiful introduction to life and culture on a little-known island nation—and a delightful read whether for the first or the 100th time. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-9)"
Although set in faraway Sri Lanka, Fullerton's rhythmic tale holds a universal message: that even the smallest and youngest among us can summon up the courage to face, and overcome, the most gargantuan challenges. Read full book review >
ROBINS! by Eileen Christelow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Anthropomorphic but basically sound and as infectious as the ubiquitous bird's own 'Cheerily-cheerily, cheerily-cheerup, cheerup!' (author's note, glossary, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Two young robins ("robin teenagers!") chattily describe their first spring and fall. Read full book review >
SOLDIER SONG by Debbie Levy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A moving tale of ordinary soldiers in a great conflict who find solace in music. (notes on the war, the battle, the song, Civil War timeline, bibliography, quotation sources) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
One song was embraced by both sides of the very bloody conflict: "Home Sweet Home." Read full book review >
JASPER AND THE RIDDLE OF RILEY'S MINE by Caroline Starr Rose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Villains and allies provide colorful melodrama, but it's the brothers' struggle to survive the Yukon wilderness with its harsh beauty and unforgiving cold that will keep readers entranced. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
News that gold's been discovered in northern Canada has just arrived in 1897 Seattle; learning that his brother, Mel, has joined the stampede of amateur prospectors, Jasper, 11, follows him north. Read full book review >
LET'S EAT by Kimberley Veness
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will want to go out and get some dirt under their fingernails. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Stories abound at the local supermarket, but you will have to talk to the food. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 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 >