ABC DREAM by Kim Krans
by Kim Krans, illustrated by Kim Krans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"On the whole, sophisticated, subtle, and stunning. (Alphabet book. 5-8)"
A wordless alphabet book becomes an identification game. Read full book review >
VIOLET AND VICTOR WRITE THE MOST FABULOUS FAIRY TALE by Alice Kuipers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A jam-packed view of the creative process of two imaginative siblings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Twins Violet and Victor are back for another bout of collaborative (and sometimes competitive) writing. Read full book review >

A TINY PIECE OF SKY by Shawn K. Stout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Successfully warmhearted and child-centered. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
As her favorite sister heads off to Aunt Dottie's farm, Frankie Baum expects her own summer of 1939 to be dull, but her father's new restaurant creates an unexpected widening of her world. 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 >
NANUK THE ICE BEAR by Jeanette Winter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"As in other books by the author, big issues are presented in an accessible manner and subtly enough that adults can guide children to an age-appropriate understanding of them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The story of a female polar bear provides an overview of the species' life cycle and includes the mention of environmental changes that threaten their existence. Read full book review >

BLUE IN THE FACE by Gerry Swallow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A surprising heroine fulfills her destiny in this rollicking version of Mother Goose. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
After throwing a terrible tantrum, a horrid 11-year-old wakes up in a parallel world and discovers her true self. Read full book review >
THE EXTRA YARD by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"For football fans, what's not to like? (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Cinderella theme plays out for middle school football fans in this second book in the Home Team series. Read full book review >
LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY by Cheryl Blackford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Skip. (Historical fiction. 8-10)"
Sibling evacuees find a seemingly abandoned baby on a Yorkshire dale. Read full book review >
BEAR IS NOT TIRED by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Warm and wonderful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bear doesn't want to miss one moment with his duck family. 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 >
THE TIN SNAIL by Cameron McAllister
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"An unusual, mostly successful wartime adventure. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A tiny rural village does its part for the war effort by hiding what could be the greatest car ever invented. 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 >
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 >