ALLIE, FIRST AT LAST by Angela Cervantes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"A sweet middle-grade read that promotes compassion and empathy over competitiveness. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Nothing but a first-place trophy will do for a 10-year-old girl obsessed with living up to her family's name. Read full book review >
POSY THE PUPPY by Jane Clarke
by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Dynamo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"It's twee, but it will have its audience. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Cuddly animals everywhere are lucky to have Dr. KittyCat on call. Read full book review >

SUMMERLOST by Ally Condie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"Honest, lovely, and sad. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A year after losing two family members, a girl spends the summer in a small town with a Shakespeare festival. Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE TOWER by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"Lacks the nuance of such exemplars as Astrid Lindgren's Ronia, the Robber's Daughter (1983) or Sharon Creech's The Castle Corona (2007). (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Will a beautiful young girl locked up in a tower be an ingredient in the spell to fulfill a wicked queen's wish for beauty, or will she be the queen's undoing? Read full book review >
THE CLASSY CROOKS CLUB by Alison Cherry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"The fast pace, colorful, multifaceted characters, and unusual angle make this a quirky, if perhaps disquieting, grandmother-grandchild bonding story. (Thriller. 8-12)"
AJ, a thoroughly modern tomboy, is set up for Victorian horror when she is sent to stay with her grandmother for the summer while her parents conduct research in the Amazon. Read full book review >

HECTOR AND HUMMINGBIRD by Nicholas John Frith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"Lovely. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A bear and a hummingbird in an odd-couple animal friendship. Read full book review >
FROGGY GOES TO THE LIBRARY by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"The only surprise this Froggy outing offers is the librarian's peculiar behavior—maybe it's time for Froggy to stay in bed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Having eaten out, played T-ball, and, of course, gotten dressed in previous books, Froggy finally visits the library in his 25th outing. Read full book review >
MISSION MUMBAI by Mahtab Narsimhan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"An adrenaline-charged exploration of Mumbai with two likable guides. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This adventure-filled quest through the streets of Mumbai becomes a lesson on the value of family and friendship. Read full book review >
THE SUPER-SMELLY MOLDY BLOB by Amy Marie Stadelmann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"Visually lively with an engaging story; here's hoping the next installment exhibits greater diversity. (activities) (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Following The Not-So Itty-Bitty Spiders (2015), twins Olive and Beatrix return for another adventure featuring magic and science in this illustrated early chapter book.Read full book review >
MAXI THE LITTLE TAXI by Elizabeth Upton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"A bouncy read-aloud with an adorable taxi full of dash and spirit. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Maxi the taxi can't wait to start driving through the streets of a big city. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN JACK AND THE PIRATES by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"Gently and agreeably thrilling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jack, Zack, and Caspar (King Jack and the Dragon, 2011) are back in an adventure by the seaside, complete with stormy waters…and pirates!Read full book review >
MIGHTY TRUCK by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 29, 2016

"Truck enthusiasts will wheely groove on this story of a truck Superman. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An adventure-loving truck discovers an alter ego when his boss demands a trip through the car wash. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >