YOU DON'T WANT A UNICORN! by Ame Dyckman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Best seen as a joke gift for a unicorn lover. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A child ignores the advice of an unknown narrator and learns by experience why a pet unicorn is a bad idea. Read full book review >
BEAR LIKES JAM by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Comfortable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In his third outing (Room for Bear, 2015; Bear Is Not Tired, 2016), Bear learns to share jam and eat his vegetables. Read full book review >

ONE AMAZING ELEPHANT by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Interesting but uneven. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A middle-grade friendship and family story plays out against a circus backdrop. Read full book review >
ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST by Mary  Losure
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Narrative nonfiction at its best and most convincing. (acknowledgements, source notes, bibliography, index not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The last of the magicians: Sir Isaac Newton. Read full book review >
WHAT WILL GROW? by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Rich with organic material, this choice is as warm and patient as the ground that nurtures the seeds to new life. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
Pine cones. Acorns. Dandelion fuzz. Sunflower seeds. Children are delighted by these natural treasures. But what will become of these little nuggets of life? Read full book review >

I AM NOT A CHAIR! by Ross Burach
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"While the slapstick may appeal to readers, sadly, this book is so confused and arbitrary, most of the humor falls flat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beleaguered giraffe tries to communicate that he isn't a chair. Read full book review >
OUR VERY OWN DOG by Amanda McCardie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Three cheers for Sophie! Perfect fuel for dog lovers' fires. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A family lovingly adopts a dog with much preparation in this cheerful tale that's full of helpful hints for aspiring dog owners. Read full book review >
THE BONE SNATCHER by Charlotte Salter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An adventure-filled tale that intrigues despite its flaws.(Fantasy. 10-15)"
A lonely orphan endures monsters and mayhem in a house on a haunted hill. Read full book review >
LOLA GETS A CAT by Anna McQuinn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This sweet story of first-time pet ownership is sure to appeal to young animal lovers of all kinds and especially to feline fanciers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
McQuinn and Beardshaw's (Leo Can Swim, 2016, etc.) adorable, black preschool heroine, Lola, is back for another turn. Read full book review >
WILD CARDS by Jeff Szpirglas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A good choice for emergent readers who might like to promote improvements to their schools. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The kids in Matt's class love to play with Monster Zap cards during recess, but now their principal has banned them, leaving the child scrambling to find a solution for recess despair. Read full book review >
A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY by Ellen Emerson White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Go girl. (Fiction. 13-18)"
High school senior Jill Cafferty is a very talented pitcher who is about to become the first woman to be drafted by a major league baseball team. Read full book review >
CARNIVAL IN A FIX by Philip Reeve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"More cotton candy than substance, this book trades plot and character for a tour of an amusing setting and a series of mishaps. (Science fiction. 7-11)"
An extraterrestrial girl wants to become a repairwoman at a moon-based amusement park. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >