MAKE A ROBOT! by Sago Mini
by Sago Mini, illustrated by Sago Mini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An effective and silly page-turner. (Board book. 1-3)"
The Sago Mini characters create robots. Read full book review >
RABBIT MAGIC by Meg McLaren
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A study in leporine whimsy with lingering poignance. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A magic show turns upside down in McLaren's delightful backstage romp. Read full book review >

THE SILVER GATE by Kristin Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Tender and magical. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Wynn is a sweet-natured 11-year-old with physical and mental challenges that have caused her to be labeled a changeling and hidden away with her mother in a lonely hut far from the serfs' village. Read full book review >
CRUSHING IT by Joanne Levy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An undemanding, entertaining, and engaging romp with a predictable happy ending. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Kat, a down-to-earth seventh-grader, self-conscious of her braces-and-eyeglasses appearance, gets roped into playing Cyrano de Bergerac for her gorgeous, popular cousin, Olivia, and her best friend and soul mate, Tyler. Read full book review >
ONE PROUD PENNY by Randy Siegel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Worth every penny. (historical note, selected facts, resources) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A penny's rough-and-tumble escapades lead to unexpected ends in Siegel and Bloch's engaging picture book. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A comprehensive treasury of memories, verbal art, and play. (notes, bibliography, index) (Folklore. 1-10)"
An ebullient collection of African-American playtime lore, traced to its sources. Read full book review >
JOLLY REGINA by Kara LaReau
by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Jen Hill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"'To shanghai' and 'charming' don't usually go together, but here they do. (Adventure. 7-9)"
When two dull-as-dishwater sisters suddenly find themselves working for female pirates, their days of boredom come sadly to an end. Read full book review >
PABLO IN THE SNOW by Teri Sloat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A delightful and satisfying snowy-day story, with the subtle advantage of a main character with a Spanish name. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lovable lamb ventures out into the snow, playing with friends and getting lost when night falls. Read full book review >
PATHFINDERS by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A lively volume and an excellent approach to U.S. history. (glossary, source notes, bibliography, image credits, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In 16 minibiographies, Bolden tells the stories of little-known African-Americans who "had big, bold dreams. Pursued passions. Caught up with their callings." Read full book review >
THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE by Keir Graff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Fast-paced, anarchic fun for reluctant and avid readers alike. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With his father in Antarctica and his brothers enjoying adventurous summers elsewhere, Brian endures his in aptly named Boring, Illinois, beta testing Uncle Gary's educational software (Summer's Cool) alongside his unfriendly cousin, Nora, until a discovery in the woods changes everything. Read full book review >
THE UNEXPECTED LOVE STORY OF ALFRED FIDDLEDUCKLING by Timothy Basil Ering
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Exuding a zest for living and loving, this nautical narrative is an ode to joy. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this tender story, a newborn duckling experiences music as sweet solace and meaningful communication while searching for love. Read full book review >
HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6 by Caroline Arnold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Arnold captures the joy and mystery of this familiar unit of study. (glossary, websites, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
It's a lucky kindergartner who gets to witness the miracle of life through the incubation of eggs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >