FAMILY GAME NIGHT AND OTHER CATASTROPHES by Mary E. Lambert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Although broken parents are common fodder these days, this debut story is a standout. (Fiction. 9-14)"
"It's like trying to save the Titanic by bailing water with a teaspoon." That's how Annabelle regards her life ever since her mother's hoarding took over the house and her father left. Read full book review >
WITCH SWITCH by Sibéal Pounder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Plenty of zany fun in the land of the little witches. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Another wild romp in Sinkville follows Witch Wars (2016) as Tiga and her friends try to solve the mystery of disappearing witches. Read full book review >

The Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island by Elizabeth Lorayne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An eye-pleasing picture book that offers a winning mix of adventure, science, and poetry, with a strong heroine who invites readers to view the world as a place of natural wonder."
In this second installment of an ecologically based adventure series for children, a young naturalist and ship's captain sails to a remote island and discovers a threat to the local wildlife. Read full book review >
BOB AND JOSS GET LOST! by Peter McCleery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"This clever home-away-home arc with a 'go with the flow' twist has the added bonus of motivating readers' engagement. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two friends rent a sailboat, get lost, become shipwrecked, and end up on a (seemingly) deserted beach. Read full book review >
MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD by P.J. Hoover
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A decent sophomore dig that won't require heavy excavation. (glossary, notes) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Combatting the god of chaos as he siphons every last drop of light from the sun is a prime excuse for skipping science camp. Read full book review >

BATS by Falynn Koch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Lots of science and a little story—but it's an uneasy mix. (Graphic informational fiction. 8-10)"
Along with an injured little brown bat, readers meet over a dozen other bat species and learn all about bat behavior. Read full book review >
DOROTHEA LANGE by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A fine introduction to an important American artist. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
"One of the leading documentary photographers of the twentieth century" comes to life in Weatherford's latest historical work. Read full book review >
THE MANY REFLECTIONS OF MISS JANE DEMING by J. Anderson Coats
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Ignore the lackluster title and cover. This one's a keeper. (Historical fiction. 8-14) "
A hardscrabble frontier girl finds happiness in hard work and compromise. Read full book review >
YOU CAN READ by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"As a representative of the 'reading is awesome' genre, this offers a fairly witty alternative to the often drearily earnest run of the mill. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This book's title and cover, on which two kids tote heaps of books, will have librarians, teachers, and book mavens immediately reaching for it. Read full book review >
THE WIDTH OF THE WORLD by David Baldacci
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A quest fantasy that moves further into mediocrity despite plenty of borrowed notions and tropes. (glossary) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Vega Jane and her cohorts at last find the home base of the evil wizards who have conquered the world—and discover that rebellion carries a high price. Read full book review >
PIP BARTLETT'S GUIDE TO UNICORN TRAINING by Jackson Pearce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A resolutely but not obnoxiously feel-good episode with well-merited just deserts all round. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Pip, who can talk to magical animals, runs into both a major challenge and a mystery at the Triple Trident show. Read full book review >
PENGUIN DAY by Nic Bishop
by Nic Bishop, photographed by Nic Bishop
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"The family dynamic may seem familiar to many young readers and listeners—and the regurgitation bit should stimulate some lively audience response. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
Close-up color photos invite viewers to join a family of rockhopper penguins on its daily round. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >