A TRUE PRINCESS OF HAWAI‘I by Beth Greenway
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"Generosity, princesses, volcanoes, deities—maybe there's too much packed into this story. (bibliography) (Picture book. 6-8)"
History mixes with folklore in this story of the Mauna Loa volcano. Read full book review >
HONEY GIRL by Jeanne Walker Harvey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"Though a bit rough around the edges, this very personal story should engage animal-loving readers. (additional information, activities) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Honey Girl is well-known in her habitat of the waters off northern Oahu. Read full book review >

OTIS THE OWL by Mary Holland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"May inspire budding owl enthusiasts. (additional information, activities) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
A photographic guide to a young barred owl's first few months of life. Read full book review >
VIVIAN AND THE LEGEND OF THE HOODOOS by Terry Catasús Jennings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"A story that honors both tradition and its young protagonist's desire to live in the present. (bibliography) (Picture book. 4-9)"
Paiute protagonist Vivian tries to find a way to connect her people's traditions with the modern world. Read full book review >
MOONLIGHT CRAB COUNT by Neeti Bathala
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"A useful introduction to citizen science. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
On a late spring night under a full moon, Leena, her mother, and her dog count horseshoe crabs on an island beach. Read full book review >

WHEN THE RAIN COMES by Alma Fullerton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A beautiful introduction to life and culture on a little-known island nation—and a delightful read whether for the first or the 100th time. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-9)"
Although set in faraway Sri Lanka, Fullerton's rhythmic tale holds a universal message: that even the smallest and youngest among us can summon up the courage to face, and overcome, the most gargantuan challenges. Read full book review >
Bedtime for Buzzy by T.J. Hackworth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A giggleworthy ode to creativity perfect for youngsters who have trouble saying good night."
When a boy refuses to go to bed, his toys encourage him to rest in this debut picture book. Read full book review >
LAUNDRY DAY by Jessixa Bagley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"This tale of badger mischief is excellent both as a read-aloud and as a book for beginning readers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The energetic badger boys, Tic and Tac, agree to hang laundry while Ma Badger goes to market—and Ma receives a shock when she returns. Read full book review >
MAE AND JUNE AND THE WONDER WHEEL by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite moments of charm, the story and characterization are not compelling enough to save this offering. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Making a new friend is always a good thing—and one who appreciates your canine buddy and joins in your imaginative games with gusto is even better! Read full book review >
IF I HAD A LITTLE DREAM by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Easy on the eyes and ears; excellent for bedtime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Rhyming stanzas explore the notion of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, each one beginning with the words, "If I had a little…." Read full book review >
BUNNY'S BOOK CLUB by Annie Silvestro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sweet salute to reading. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A bunny who loves books finds a cunning way to build his own library. Read full book review >
THE MESMERIST by Ronald L. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A gripping tale enhanced by a convincingly detailed setting and drawing on classic fantasy memes. (Fantasy/horror. 10-12)"
Jess and her widowed mother eke out a genteel living in Victorian England as spiritualists, claiming to communicate with the dead; when a cryptic message replaces the fake they've prepared for a grieving client, her mother—terrified—insists they flee to London. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 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 >