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 >
THE TURN OF THE TIDE by Rosanne Parry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Thematically rich, by turns exciting and reflective, this affectionate homage to the mariner life celebrates human commonality and difference in an increasingly interconnected world. (map, message for young mariners, author note) (Fiction. 9-12)"
After a tsunami destroys their community, Kai's parents, busy repairing a power plant, send him to Astoria, Oregon, to stay with relatives he barely knows, including his cousin Jet, whose ambition is to pilot ships across the dangerous Columbia River bar. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB by Patrick Samphire
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A bit Tom Swift-meets-early Heinlein (though without most of the -isms of those dated classics), joyfully modernizing space pulp for a new audience. (Science fiction/steampunk. 10-12)"
What, ho! This classic boys' adventure on Mars has dastardly villains, dizzying feats of derring-do, and dragons. Read full book review >
GOING WHERE IT'S DARK by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Buck's strength is inspirational, and his family's love and respect are heartwarming. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Buck Anderson knows the dangers of exploring underground caves alone, but when he discovers a new hole in the ground, it proves too tempting to resist. Read full book review >
THE BORDEN MURDERS by Sarah Miller
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"The high-appeal topic will attract many readers, and the suspenseful account will have them trying to solve this still unresolved murder mystery. (author's note, endnotes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
This true-crime narrative examines the question that mesmerized the nation in 1892: did Lizzie Borden kill her father and stepmother? Read full book review >
THE TERRIBLE TWO GET WORSE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"This revenger's comedy, dotted with references to classic plays and philosophical concepts, will be a joy for pranksters and seekers of a good-hearted laugh. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When pranking perfection meets the seemingly unprankable foe, who gets the last laugh? 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 >