THE CROOKED SIXPENCE by Jennifer Bell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An auspicious trilogy opener. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Ivy and her brother Seb, 14, discover a surprising parallel world of uncommon objects and people when their grandmother is injured just after Christmas. 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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >