THE MESMERIST by Ronald L. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A gripping tale enhanced by a convincingly detailed setting and drawing on classic fantasy memes. (Fantasy/horror. 10-12)"
Jess and her widowed mother eke out a genteel living in Victorian England as spiritualists, claiming to communicate with the dead; when a cryptic message replaces the fake they've prepared for a grieving client, her mother—terrified—insists they flee to London. Read full book review >
DRAGON CAPTIVES by Lisa McMann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An unfortunate revival. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old twins Thisbe and Fifer's magical abilities are far greater than their brother Alex's. But in the 10 years since the great battle that cost him the use of his arm, Alex, leader of Artimé, has become fearful and overprotective. Read full book review >

BLUEBERRY PANCAKES FOREVER by Angelica Banks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Richly complex and nourishing. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The third book in the Finding Serendipity series finds Tuesday McGillycuddy back in the fictional world of Vivienne Small, but this time Tuesday's adversary is a jealous character of her mother's own imagination. Read full book review >
IN THE TRENCHES by Justin Larocca Hansen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The heroes may be secondhand, but the story is quickly becoming first-rate. (Graphic adventure. 9-12)"
Superhero brothers must face off against a particularly nefarious foe: their history teacher. Read full book review >
STINKBOMB & KETCHUP-FACE AND THE BADNESS OF BADGERS by John Dougherty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A study in parodic mayhem. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Upon orders from the king of Great Kerfuffle, white siblings Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face embark on a taleworthy quest to rid their home of mischievous badgers. Read full book review >

THE BEATLES by Jason Quinn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A lively and informal look at the young Beatles. (Beatles facts) (Graphic biography. 10-14)"
This introduction to the Beatles during their formative years in the late 1950s and early '60s reveals their struggle to reach "the toppermost of the poppermost" of the rock-music world. Read full book review >
TONY by Ed Galing
Kirkus Star
by Ed Galing, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will hear the 'clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop' in every image of this astonishing book. (Picture book. 2-12)"
Poet Galing (1917-2013) leads Tony, a dairy delivery horse, through the veil of memory, encantatory phrasing—circling and repetitious—calling him plodding from pre-dawn into the present, his sturdy flank barely expanding with the effort. Read full book review >
ABC PASTA by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Younger kids are not likely to recognize many of the lesser-known types of pasta, but what a toothsome way to have fun with them. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Get your forks ready—this salute to pasta via the ABCs is truly entertaining, as the subtitle states. Read full book review >
SKATEBOARDS by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Radical. (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Part minibiography, part DIY guide, this engaging book chronicles the making of handmade skateboards by a lifelong aficionado. Read full book review >
MRS. WHITE RABBIT by Gilles Bachelet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"Mr. White Rabbit may be about to become 'late' in more ways than one. (Picture book. 6-12, adult)"
The wife of a certain always-late rabbit is not pleased with her domestic situation. Read full book review >
MODERN ART MAYHEM by Susie Hodge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A potentially entertaining but challenging venture into the complex world of modern art that will have students and teachers reaching frequently for their reference books. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Get ready for a fast-paced art-themed scavenger hunt in which a tousle-haired white preteen follows clues back and forth throughout the book. Read full book review >
FAMOUS FAILS! by Crispin Boyer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An unusual and satisfying collection, and who will quibble with the Chicago Cubs' 'Lesson Learned': 'Believe you will succeed!'? (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
If at first you don't succeed, then at least enjoy the epic failures of others, for as well as the pleasures of schadenfreude, there are lessons to be learned. 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 >