MARGUERITE'S FOUNTAIN by Rachel Elliot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 4, 2016

"A classic, traditional tale of heroine, villain, and hero—perhaps too traditional. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this British picture-book melodrama, a dancing mouse named Marguerite is bullied by the rat Randolph and eventually rescued by the shy but heroic mouse Benjamin. Read full book review >
WHO IS HAPPY? by Jarvis
by Jarvis, illustrated by Jarvis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 4, 2016

"Despite flaws, valuable practice at a crucial skill. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Young children get plenty of practice identifying 12 key emotions in this interactive question-and-answer book. Read full book review >

COLORS by Aino-Maija Metsola
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 4, 2016

"Unlike its companion, Colors is a conceptual and visual winner. (Board book. 2-4)"
A bold, colorful, and playful board book introduce colors, while its companion addresses the numbers one to 10. Read full book review >
QUEST MAKER by Laurie McKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A sometimes-amusing, sometimes-thrilling, and always entertaining sequel that hints that math might be used for evil and the mystery lunch might pack a deadly surprise. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Prince Caden, future Elite Paladin of the Greater Realm, continues to try and find a way home from the Land of Shadow (aka Asheville, North Carolina), where he and the young sorceress Brynne are trapped with some of their world's greatest villains. Read full book review >
GOOSE GOES TO THE ZOO by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Wall's cheery, flat, brightly colored illustrations are neatly suited to this naïve rendering of the age-old dilemma of friendship: how to enjoy others' company in spite of different tastes and habits. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Human Sophie and goose Goose are best friends; they do everything together, but needless to say, in some respects they are not compatible. Read full book review >

VALKYRIE by Kate O'Hearn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An interesting premise that never comes together. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
As a Valkyrie, Freya is charged with bringing the chosen warriors to Valhalla, where they spend the afterlife drinking, feasting, and battling, but she finds violence horrifying and longs for a different life. Read full book review >
SOUTHERN GOTHIC by Bridgette R. Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Light, frothy, and entertaining."
A budding art historian becomes embroiled in a mystery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Alexander's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
CRIMINAL DESTINY by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Oddly paced with little payoff, this sequel falls victim to middle-volume slump. (Adventure. 8-12)"
After discovering that their home of Serenity, New Mexico, is really a giant science experiment to test the effects of nurturing on clones of master criminals (Masterminds, 2015), four teens escape and head out into the world in search of revenge and freedom.Read full book review >
THE NINE LIVES OF JACOB TIBBS by Cylin Busby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An absorbing historical coming-of-age adventure supported by deeper themes of grief, despair, and determination. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A ship's cat relates his adventures at sea in this middle-grade novel set in the 1840s. Read full book review >
BUILDER MOUSE by Sofia Eldarova
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"There's room on the bookshelf for this yummy friendship-themed picture book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two mice learn that friendship is all about give and take in this sweet and simple tale. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF LETTIE PEPPERCORN by Sam Gayton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"There's plenty of action and creative plotting, but some readers may find it difficult to warm up to the offbeat characters and thus be reluctant to follow Lettie all the way to the grand finale. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This British import combines familiar fantasy elements and quirky details to create a tale filled with transformation and danger. Read full book review >
PAX by Sara Pennypacker
Kirkus Star
by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Moving and poetic. (Animal fantasy. 9-13)"
A motherless boy is forced to abandon his domesticated fox when his father decides to join soldiers in an approaching war. 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 >