BAD KITTY GOES TO THE VET by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Even a brush with death (or a bad tooth) can't reform this Bad Kitty. Good thing. We'd miss her! (Graphic/nonfiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Bad Kitty isn't eating? It must be a sign of the apocalypse…or worse. Read full book review >
SUPERHEROES DON'T EAT VEGGIE BURGERS by Gretchen Kelley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A sweet exploration of an evolving friendship burdened by some tiresome tropes; should Kelley focus on the former and move past the latter, she will do well. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A middle school student solves his problems with a seemingly magic journal. Read full book review >

MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY OLYMPICS by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Dewey like this? Of course, and so will upper-elementary and middle school readers and gamers alike. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Can the hometown champions defeat teams from around the country in a new contest at Mr. Lemoncello's fantastic library? Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE GIRL IN GREY by Jordan Stratford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A tragically flawed premise results in a lamentable waste of excellent writing. (Historical mystery. 8-12)"
More spurious adventures with those crime-solving minxes Ada Byron (Lovelace) and Mary Godwin (Shelley). Read full book review >
A NEW ARRIVAL by Anna Alter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Good friends and familiar situations will make readers feel at home in this second volume of the series. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The Sprout Street neighborhood is shaken up by the arrival of a new resident. Read full book review >

THE SKELETON TREE by Iain Lawrence
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Unsettling and compelling, a gripping, evocative read. (author's note) (Adventure. 8-12)"
Chris, 12, is thrilled to sail from Kodiak, Alaska, down to Vancouver, British Columbia, with Uncle Jack but surprised (and not thrilled) to discover Frank, a sullen teen, is coming, too; the boys' mutual antipathy grows even after they're shipwrecked on the wild Alaskan coast, where cooperation is a precondition for survival. Read full book review >
PAPER WISHES by Lois Sepahban
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This historical debut speaks volumes of love and longing. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
During World War II, Manami and her parents and grandfather are forced to relocate from Bainbridge Island in Washington to Manzanar, an internment camp in California for Japanese-Americans. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF BEARHAVEN by K.E. Rocha
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"While the story is not remotely realistic, it finds strength in silliness and periodic action sequences. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
When Spencer's parents go missing, he's tossed into a conspiracy of bear-abuse networks and talking bears. Read full book review >
MANATEE RESCUE by Nicola Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Previously published in England as Manatee Baby (2013), this appealing animal-survival adventure is based on a true episode described in an afterword. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a remote Amazon village, Manuela and her cousin Libia convince an entire village to cease manatee fishing after the two girls rescue, nurture, and release a manatee calf Manuela accidentally speared while hunting its mother. Read full book review >
BOUNDERS by Monica Tesler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A bland treatment of a familiar premise. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Young cadets enter training to become space explorers only to find that their real mission may be far more sinister than exploration. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT PARADE by Kathryn Tanquary
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An introductory foray into Japanese culture for fantasy readers. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A Japanese teen travels the spirit world to break a curse upon her family. Read full book review >
TERROR AT BOTTLE CREEK by Watt Key
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Fare to satisfy readers captivated by disaster, particularly outdoor enthusiasts, but less satisfying to aspiring feminists. (Adventure. 9-13)"
When a hurricane strikes the Alabama coastal swamps, it takes real expertise to survive. 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 >