VIVIAN AND THE LEGEND OF THE HOODOOS by Terry Catasús Jennings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"A story that honors both tradition and its young protagonist's desire to live in the present. (bibliography) (Picture book. 4-9)"
Paiute protagonist Vivian tries to find a way to connect her people's traditions with the modern world. Read full book review >
HONEY GIRL by Jeanne Walker Harvey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"Though a bit rough around the edges, this very personal story should engage animal-loving readers. (additional information, activities) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Honey Girl is well-known in her habitat of the waters off northern Oahu. Read full book review >

WHEN THE RAIN COMES by Alma Fullerton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A beautiful introduction to life and culture on a little-known island nation—and a delightful read whether for the first or the 100th time. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-9)"
Although set in faraway Sri Lanka, Fullerton's rhythmic tale holds a universal message: that even the smallest and youngest among us can summon up the courage to face, and overcome, the most gargantuan challenges. Read full book review >
ROBINS! by Eileen Christelow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Anthropomorphic but basically sound and as infectious as the ubiquitous bird's own 'Cheerily-cheerily, cheerily-cheerup, cheerup!' (author's note, glossary, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Two young robins ("robin teenagers!") chattily describe their first spring and fall. Read full book review >
SOLDIER SONG by Debbie Levy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A moving tale of ordinary soldiers in a great conflict who find solace in music. (notes on the war, the battle, the song, Civil War timeline, bibliography, quotation sources) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
One song was embraced by both sides of the very bloody conflict: "Home Sweet Home." Read full book review >

JASPER AND THE RIDDLE OF RILEY'S MINE by Caroline Starr Rose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Villains and allies provide colorful melodrama, but it's the brothers' struggle to survive the Yukon wilderness with its harsh beauty and unforgiving cold that will keep readers entranced. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
News that gold's been discovered in northern Canada has just arrived in 1897 Seattle; learning that his brother, Mel, has joined the stampede of amateur prospectors, Jasper, 11, follows him north. Read full book review >
LET'S EAT by Kimberley Veness
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will want to go out and get some dirt under their fingernails. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Stories abound at the local supermarket, but you will have to talk to the food. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >