THE HOUSE THAT ZACK BUILT by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Perfect for giggling and sharing and right on target for lap-time reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A new version of a beloved classic. Read full book review >
PUNK SKUNKS by Trisha Speed Shaskan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Not a stinker, but no hit record either. (Picture book. 4-6)"
BSFs, best skunks forever! Maybe…. Read full book review >

LOUISE TRAPEZE DID NOT LOSE THE JUGGLING CHICKENS by Micol Ostow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Louise is a feisty gal with the best of intentions. She just 'accidentally a-little-bit' messes everything up. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Louise Trapeze is back (Louise Trapeze Is Totally 100% Fearless, 2015), longing to be more mature than ever.Read full book review >
SWAP! by Steve Light
Kirkus Star
by Steve Light, illustrated by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Keep your bitcoins—you never know when somebody might need a button. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A broken-down captain and his young, peg-legged mate rediscover an ages-old system to rebuild their battered ship without spending a penny. Read full book review >
FENWAY AND HATTIE by Victoria J. Coe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Young dog lovers will enjoy Fenway's point of view, even if his eagerness wears a bit thin. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Fenway, a young, exuberant Jack Russell terrier, is having lots of trouble getting his "short human," Hattie, to behave. Read full book review >

RAVENOUS by MarcyKate Connolly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A fantastical adventure fortified by its flawed heroine. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
Greta—one of the girls sold to Belladoma as fodder for the sea monster who threatens monthly floods in Monstrous (2015)—makes a dangerous deal with a witch to save her brother.Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE HUNGRY BUNNY HORDE by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"While not exactly novel, it's well-executed and very funny. (Fantasy. 5-7)"
The Princess in Black's cutest adventure yet—no, really, the monsters are deceptively cute. Read full book review >
MABEL JONES AND THE FORBIDDEN CITY by Will Mabbitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"If this is the future, count child fans in. (Adventure. 8-11)"
Crepuscular carnivores! Hypnotized egrets! Amputated bottoms! The pajama-clad child pirate Mabel Jones is back for her latest adventure. Read full book review >
A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO BEAR SPOTTING by Michelle Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Be sure to snuggle up to 'the stuffed kind' of bears and share this book with future Scaredy Squirrel series fans. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A handy story for little adventurers curious about the outdoor world. Read full book review >
TIGER AND BADGER by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A very funny and fine tribute to a very young friendship. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Tiger and Badger are very young—maybe 4—and they are best friends, doing as best friends do. Read full book review >
BAD LUCK by Pseudonymous Bosch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"For readers who like (or at least don't mind) continual authorial asides, a sturdy middle volume. ('backmatter'; map and illustrations, not seen) (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Still struggling to keep up with his wizardly fellow campers, Clay finally discovers his particular talent when the arrival of a large cruise ship touches off a round of assaults and rescues on remote Price Island. Read full book review >
THE EXTINCTS by Veronica Cossanteli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A mostly enjoyable British import that should be better than it is. (glossary) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Animals—mythical and extinct—abound in George Drake's hometown, Squermington. 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 >