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
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 >