A CRACK IN THE SEA by H.M. Bouwman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This novel touches on sensitive and tragic moments in history and gives them fantastical remediation for a provocative, immersive read. (afterword, bibliography) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In the "second world" dwell people who did not arrive of their own volition. But in that world exist communities and harmony, between and among the Raftworlders (with dark brown skin and tightly curled hair) and the Islanders (with lighter-brown skin and straight hair). Read full book review >
WOLF IN THE SNOW by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Deeply satisfying. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A near-wordless story of kindness repaid. Read full book review >

GAME OVER, SUPER RABBIT BOY! by Thomas Flintham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A strong series start. (Early reader. 5-7)"
In a video game, a superpowered rabbit must rescue a singing dog that brings everyone happiness. Read full book review >
FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES by Ellen Oh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A natural for middle school classrooms and libraries, this strong collection should find eager readers. (Anthology. 8-12)"
Edited by We Need Diverse Books co-founder Oh, a collection of short stories that embraces a wide cultural spectrum of authorship. Read full book review >
XO, OX by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Persistence pays off seems to be the message in this bracingly un-Valentine-ish love story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children get their first lesson in unrequited love reading the letters between lovelorn Ox and self-centered Gazelle. Read full book review >

MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON by Linda Williams Jackson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The bird's-eye view into this pivotal moment provides a powerful story, one that adults will applaud—but between the avalanche of old-South homilies and Rose Lee's relentlessly hopeless struggle, it may be a hard sell for younger readers. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
The ugly brutality of the Jim Crow South is recounted in dulcet, poetic tones, creating a harsh and fascinating blend. Read full book review >
ADRIFT by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The simple storyline and art complement each other as readers are gently guided to comprehend the folly of judging a book by its cover. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What happens when the loudest (and smelliest) polar bear finds himself stuck on an ice floe with the quietest and most fastidious polar bear? They build a wall! Read full book review >
THE BIG SECRET by Alexa Pearl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Sweet and spunky. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
A young horse discovers the magical reason why she doesn't fit in. Read full book review >
THE IMPOSSIBLE CLUE by Sarah  Rubin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A perplexing mystery with a savvy sleuth and unexpected outcome. (Mystery. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old math whiz keen on solving problems tackles the case of a missing scientist. Read full book review >
THE WARDEN'S DAUGHTER by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Moving and memorable. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Perpetually angry, motherless Cammie O'Reilly, the warden's daughter, sets about turning Eloda Pupko, the silent, distant trustee working as "Cammie-keeper," into a mother figure over the summer she turns 13. Read full book review >
THE ICARUS SHOW by Sally Christie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An aspirational mix of Greek myth and painful truths for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
"Coming soon!…A boy is going to fly! Do you believe it?…Will you be there???" Read full book review >
JAY VERSUS THE SAXOPHONE OF DOOM by Kara Kootstra
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Orr's afterword has the final words—on passion, struggle, respect—qualities Kootstra has spun into her story with understated dexterity. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Kootstra manages to breed a saxophone to a hockey stick and produce one sweet boy. 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 >