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 >
MISSION TO PLUTO by Mary Kay Carson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A worthy companion to Catherine Thimmesh's Team Moon (2006) with similar appeal. (glossary, web resources, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A team effort sends a space probe to the edge of our solar system. Read full book review >

I AM JIM HENSON by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Nearly every child will know his work already: here's at least a superficial glimpse of his character. (photos, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 3-6)"
Meltzer holds up the great Muppeteer as a role model. Read full book review >
THE BODIES OF THE ANCIENTS by Lydia Millet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Memorably unusual but haphazard; the series peaked with its opener, The Fires Beneath the Sea (2011). (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Children, adults, and myriad creatures fight the final battle in a war over climate change. Read full book review >
WHOSE POOP IS THAT? by Darrin Lunde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A primer on poop and a guessing game, especially for those just beyond toilet training. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Owl pellets, coprolites, bird droppings, and honking big turds—whose waste is that? Read full book review >
MARY BOWSER AND THE CIVIL WAR SPY RING by Enigma Alberti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Plenty of work for sharp eyes and active intellects in this history-based series opener. (answers, historical notes, biographies, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Using a provided packet of helpful tools, readers can search for clues along with a historical spy in the house of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. Read full book review >
ZOO DAY by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Following on Library Day (2016), this is a lovely addition to the creators' series on first experiences. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A little boy visits the zoo for the first time and is enthralled by all its wonders. Read full book review >
THE SUNDOWN KID by Barbara Bietz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"Welcoming guests and even strangers to the dinner table is part of the Shabbat ritual, and it's celebrated nicely here. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
After moving to a town in the Old West, a young, white Jewish boy and his parents find celebrating Shabbat to be a lonely tradition. Read full book review >
BAD KITTY TAKES THE TEST by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Standardized-test companies may want to hurl hairballs, but the loopy humor and silly kitty cast will have fans purring with laughter. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-12)"
How good is Bad Kitty at actually being a cat? 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 >