A TINY PIECE OF SKY by Shawn K. Stout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Successfully warmhearted and child-centered. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
As her favorite sister heads off to Aunt Dottie's farm, Frankie Baum expects her own summer of 1939 to be dull, but her father's new restaurant creates an unexpected widening of her world. Read full book review >
WITCH WARS by Sibéal Pounder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A sweet little magical tale with at least one sequel on the way. (Paranormal comedy. 8-12)"
A girl dives down a drainpipe to discover a world of witches, and everybody there thinks she's one too. Read full book review >

FRIDAY BARNES, GIRL DETECTIVE by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Delightful, highly logical, and well-informed fun. (Mystery. 8-12)"
She's only 11, but she's smarter and better informed than most adults, and she's determined to solve mysteries for a living. Read full book review >
HENRY CICADA'S EXTRAORDINARY ELKTONIUM ESCAPADE by David Teague
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Whimsy gone wrong. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Henry Cicada's dream is to be ordinary and unnoticed, but he learns that sometimes being yourself is much better than being invisible. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF VALHALLA by Jasmine Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"The combination of adventure, appealing characters, and high stakes should satisfy middle-grade fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two unlikely preteens battle the gods of Norse mythology to save their world from Ragnarok—chaos and destruction. Read full book review >

A MYSTERIOUS EGG by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Adventures in dinosaur husbandry—a bit bland but palatable fare for younger independent readers. (glossary) (Science fantasy. 7-9)"
In this series kickoff for dinophiles (and who isn't one?), a Wyoming dig yields an egg that's not exactly fossilized. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO CAME IN OFF THE ROOF by Annie M.G. Schmidt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A charming, refreshing, and funny treat. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A shy newspaper reporter gets a helping paw from local felines through a mysterious and "cattish" young lady. Read full book review >
THE STOLEN CHAPTERS by James Riley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Likely to leave more than a few punctures in even the most levelheaded reader's sense of reality. (Metafictional fantasy. 10-13)"
A fictional character's megalomaniacal scheme to insert himself into every novel ever written precipitates a merry chase through meta-realms in this brain-cracking sequel. Read full book review >
THE GOBLIN'S PUZZLE by Andrew S. Chilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"An emphasis on questioning fate, societal rules, and traditions as well as the importance of wit and logic rather than brawn renders this lighthearted adventure fresh. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The princess is kidnapped, a kingdom imperiled, and the fate of West Stanhope's throne rests on a trickster goblin's riddles and a boy without a name. Read full book review >
OVER-SCHEDULED ANDREW by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"For children, a whimsical word of warning. For their parents, a pleasant surprise that this time they're not made out to be at fault. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Andrew's interests threaten to get the better of him in this tongue-in-cheek take on an all-too-common plight. Read full book review >
SOLVING THE PUZZLE UNDER THE SEA by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"An ideal introduction to a lesser-known scientist and an important understanding about how the Earth works. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Working in a time when women were still unwelcome in her field, Marie Tharp mapped the ocean floor and provided convincing evidence for the previously rejected hypothesis of continental drift. Read full book review >
ABE LINCOLN AND THE SELFIE THAT SAVED THE UNION by David  Potter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"History made silly for readers who can't get into it straight. (websites of interest) (Science fiction. 8-12)"
In the second installment of the Left Behinds series, 12-year-old Mel and friends Brandon and Bev travel back to July 1, 1863, to try to foil a nefarious plot to change the course of history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >