BE YOUR OWN DOG by Keri Claiborne Boyle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Not too amusing, not too original, not too necessary. (Picture book.3-7)"
Teddy is a large, gray-brown dog who enjoys his life as "leader of the pack," until he receives the unwanted present of a cat companion. Read full book review >
ARGOS by Ralph Hardy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"An unfortunate choice of narration robs this epic tale of its power. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The epic tale of The Odyssey is told from the point of view of Odysseus' faithful dog, Argos.Read full book review >

Risuko by David Kudler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 15, 2016

"A tight, exciting, and thoughtful first volume in what promises to be a fine series about a female ninja."
In this YA historical novel set in Japan's Sengoku period, a girl who adores climbing attends an unusual school. Read full book review >
GIFTS FROM THE ENEMY by Trudy Ludwig
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2104

"The story loses focus on occasion, but no one who reads it will forget the history. (vocabulary list, study guide) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
This book is a biography of Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener, but from time to time, he seems like a supporting character. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >