THE HOUSE OF MONTHS AND YEARS by Emma Trevayne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A just-scary-enough adventure that might send readers to investigate more about real-life 'calendar houses' like Amelia's new one. (Horror. 8-12)"
An awkward protagonist takes on an unconventional "haunted" house in this dark middle-grade fantasy from England. Read full book review >
SQUIRREL MEETS WORLD by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite a rough start, Doreen's story offers a heroine it's easy to go nuts over. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A middle-grade origin story for Squirrel Girl, one of Marvel Comics' wackiest superheroes. Read full book review >

IT'S A MYSTERY, PIG FACE! by Wendy McLeod MacKnight
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A summer adventure that determined young readers may enjoy. (Mystery. 9-11)"
Tracy—gratingly—delights in calling her younger brother "Pig Face"; although she has a reasonably amicable relationship with him, she appears oblivious to the hurtful nature of her chronic name-calling. Read full book review >
THE ALARMING CAREER OF SIR RICHARD BLACKSTONE by Lisa Doan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A (mostly) good beastly adventure. (Historical science fiction. 8-12)"
Adventure abounds when a pale and grubby London street urchin escapes the city to work for an eccentric scientist. Read full book review >
MALALA by Raphaëlle Frier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A realistic and inspiring look at Malala Yousafzai's childhood in Taliban-controlled Pakistan and her struggle to ensure education for girls. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A fight for girls' education. Read full book review >

LEGENDS' LAIR by Joe O'Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A joyful approach to sports—'Yiz are playing a stormer out there'—and a salute to the importance of understanding history. (Fiction. 10-14)"
O'Brien conjures an old Irish soccer pitch as the setting to settle an old, sentimental feud. Read full book review >
GRIZZLY PEAK by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Nail-biting journey with a heart. (Adventure. 8-11)"
An adventure trip in British Columbia's Cariboo Mountains may be the best chance for a father and son to reconnect. Read full book review >
THE SECRET PROJECT by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An astonishing way to lay the groundwork for such works for older readers as Steve Sheinkin's Bomb (2012), this is a beautifully told introduction to a difficult subject. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A picture book takes on the creation of the atomic bomb. Read full book review >
SIMON THORN AND THE VIPER'S PIT by Aimée Carter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fan-pleasing sequel that will have readers anticipating the next installment. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Simon Thorn and his friends return to face new challenges at school and in the Animalgam world. Read full book review >
SPURT by Chris Miles
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A story about losing yourself in the quest to belong that gets lost in its own telling. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Fourteen-year-old Jack Sprigley is different from the rest of his eighth-grade class in one very embarrassing way: he hasn't hit puberty. Read full book review >
BONE JACK by Sara Crowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A lovely, eerie adventure that balances the ancient magic with its protagonist's very real character growth. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a grim season, one rural tradition seems less like a boys' romp and more like a gateway for the old powers. Read full book review >
THE CASTLE IN THE MIST by Amy Ephron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sequel is suggested; beguiled readers will hope it happens. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Although contemporary in setting, adult author Ephron's (Loose Diamonds, 2011, etc.) first children's book is a paean to classical English children's books of yore. 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 >