LONG LIVE THE QUEEN by Gerry Swallow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Clever, humorous sequel with a 'take-charge, kick-butt' heroine. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Blue in the Face (2016), 12-year-old, white Elspeth returns to the parallel world of New Winkieland. Read full book review >
FREDERICK DOUGLASS by Walter Dean Myers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A posthumous title of distinction from the multiaward-winning novelist, biographer, historian, and third National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. (timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
From slavery to anti-slavery activist—a life honored and remembered. Read full book review >

THE LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A memorable life dedicated to music and civil rights, presented with commensurate style. (bibliography, further reading, listening, and viewing) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Twentieth-century racism tried hard to deny this great performer her voice—and failed. Read full book review >
TRAIN I RIDE by Paul Mosier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A harrowing, moving, immersive, and ultimately uplifting debut novel. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Rydr, as she calls herself, is trying to put a brave face on a journey that feels much like doom. Read full book review >
FENWAY AND HATTIE AND THE EVIL BUNNY GANG by Victoria J. Coe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A slight and predictable story that will likely find most appeal with serious dog (or bunny) lovers. (Fiction. 8-10)"
There's a single conceit to this series: Fenway, the exuberant Jack Russell terrier who relates the tale, understands people—but in a charming and, well, doggy way. Read full book review >

THE SOMEDAY BIRDS by Sally J. Pla
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Hopeful, authentic, and oddly endearing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
While serving as a journalist in Afghanistan, a widowed father of four is injured, leaving him hospitalized and his children without a parent. Read full book review >
THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE by Ali Standish
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"This is the sort of melodramatic story that relies on the characters never telling each other the whole truth; add that to being yet another book about a tragic medical situation for a miss. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A grieving boy befriends an unconventional girl in a small Southern town in Standish's debut. Read full book review >
ELON MUSK AND THE QUEST FOR A FANTASTIC FUTURE by Ashlee Vance
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A modern American success story, neither overly earnest nor unreservedly adulatory. (timeline) (Biography. 11-14)"
Vance slims down his 2015 portrait of an entrepreneur who has made and spent several eye-watering fortunes on the way to restarting our country's space program and possibly revolutionizing the auto industry. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >