Risuko by David Kudler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 15, 2016

"A tight, exciting, and thoughtful first volume in what promises to be a fine series about a female ninja."
In this YA historical novel set in Japan's Sengoku period, a girl who adores climbing attends an unusual school. Read full book review >
Counteract by Tracy Lawson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An exuberant start to a promising new YA series about a totalitarian America."
Lawson (Resist, 2012, etc.) mixes true-to-life fears with intimate character portrayals in this conspiracy thriller, her first work of YA fiction. Read full book review >

Gambit by C.L. Denault
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Complex worldbuilding provides a strong backbone for this well-written start to a planned series with a resolute heroine."
In this YA dystopian adventure, a village girl with special skills learns she's an heiress—and betrothed. Read full book review >
Zoe's Sidewalk by Tiffany Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2013

"Cheerful art and an encouraging story of one girl's hard work leading to real change."
A little girl realizes she can't help her grandmother until she helps her community in this moving debut by Robinson, featuring Matsuoka's fantastic illustrations of a modern African-American family. Read full book review >
Walker The Goose by Susanne Blumer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"An appealing tale of good things coming to geese who wait."
A goose longs for a place to belong in this rhyming, based-on-a-true-story picture book from Blumer (Wooly Meets the Chickens, 2015). Read full book review >

THE JOURNEY OF CAPTAIN SCAREDY CAT by José Carlos Andrés
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"The suggested coping strategy won't work for all children, but if read with proper gusto, the book will be a sure storytime hit. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A once fearless pirate captain gets his mojo back—just in time for bed. Read full book review >
THE GALINOS by Luis Amavisca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Cold comfort to know we are the not the only environmentally destructive hooligans in the universe. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On distant planet Gala, many Galinos have a bad case of wastefulness. Sound familiar? Read full book review >
The Temple of Paris by Laura DeBruce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"Not quite as exciting or satisfying as its predecessor, this novel still delivers an appealing continuation of the elixir story."
Two American teenagers embark on a mission to track down the foremost expert on a powerful potion in this sequel to DeBruce's YA thriller The Riddle of Prague (2013). Read full book review >
Nomadin by Shawn Cormier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2010

"This novel casts a fresh spell for fans of the boy-wizard genre."
In this YA fantasy debut, a wizard's apprentice must help stop a Necromancer from escaping his prison within a book. Read full book review >
The King of Average by Gary Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A skilled and witty tale about a boy who would be king that should appeal to children and adults."
A supposedly average boy realizes that he's not so mediocre after all in this debut middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
The Dirt Bike Detective by Douglas L. Hoover
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A remarkable debut enlivened by heroic portions of silliness, spirit, and depth."
In this debut upper middle-grade mystery, several outcast students at a charter school search for their missing teacher. Read full book review >
YOU GOT THIS! by Maya S. Penn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"There's no doubt Maya will continue to change the world for the better, and those who can follow her advice might have a shot at joining forces. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
If every teenager were as together as author Penn, the world would be a much different place. 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 >