THE BIG DARK by Rodman Philbrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Readers who get past the sketchy science will find a riveting, credible, and even inspiring vision of life just after the apocalypse. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
When a solar flare knocks out all technology, residents of an isolated New Hampshire town must figure out how to survive. Read full book review >
WHEN MISCHIEF CAME TO TOWN by Katrina Nannestad
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This heartwarming and richly engaging tale explores grief and the sustaining support of humor with an abundance of love. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Irrepressible Inge Maria has been sent to live with her grandmother on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, after her mother's death. Read full book review >

THE LAST BOGLER by Catherine Jinks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Better in its parts than its whole—but even second-drawer Jinks tops the general run. (map, glossary of slang) (Historical fantasy. 10-13)"
Weary "Go-Devil Man" Alfred Bunce and his uncertain apprentice, Ned, face a seemingly overwhelming plague of child-eating bogles in this busy trilogy closer. Read full book review >
UNDER THEIR SKIN by Margaret Peterson Haddix
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A solid middle-grade read. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A pair of twins can't resist disobeying their parents when they learn that their family has a secret—from them. Read full book review >
FORTUNE FALLS by Jenny Goebel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Still, it's not the worst luck to pick this up; there are some nice moments, humor, and a satisfying ending. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Can bad luck ever be a good thing? Read full book review >

RUBY LEE AND ME by Shannon Hitchcock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"The story is acceptable as a book about familial relationships and self-forgiveness, but it fails as the historical narrative it purports to be. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
It's 1969, and 12-year-old Sarah's life is in turmoil. Read full book review >
GLOW by W.H. Beck
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This eye-catching introduction to a science mystery will surely make its audience want to know more. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
The phenomenon of bioluminescence is explored with photographs of animals that make their own light and discussion of some possible purposes for this interesting adaptation. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM by Rob Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Dim and dismal. (Illustrated fiction. 11-13, adult)"
Cut-paper silhouettes illustrate this large-format tale of a young prince's efforts to break the chains of loneliness and isolation imposed on him by his high station. Read full book review >
HENRY FORD FOR KIDS by Ronald A. Reis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Budding engineers and inventors as well as students of American history will find plenty of food for both thought and reflection here. (period photos, bibliography, index) (Biography. 11-13)"
Hands-on projects add interactive extras to this judicious portrait of the industrial giant as a brilliant but flawed genius. Read full book review >
BIG BOOK OF ROCKETS AND SPACECRAFT by Louie Stowell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Eye-filling fare for the next generation of space travelers. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
A huge double-gatefold view of the International Space Station highlights this gallery of spacegoing craft past, present, and future. Read full book review >
THE WHITE HOUSE by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"A selective but resplendent tour. (Informational pop-up. 6-9)"
White House high spots, presented with 3-D flair by the archon of paper architects. Read full book review >
HOW TO BREAK A HEART by Kiera Stewart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Although overlong and narrowly aimed at romantically minded early-adolescent girls, this story will reward tenacious readers with a touching conclusion. (Fiction. 10-13)"
After 13-year-old Mabry Collins is dropped by her heartthrob, Nick Wainwright, (her 19th straight dumping in a row), Thad Bell, a boy with his own grudge against Nick, promises to teach her how to become the yin to Nick's yang. 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 >