THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH'S by Lee Gjertsen Malone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Sweet, funny, exciting—a spectacular debut. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After an attempt to go coed fails, one seventh-grader remains the lone boy at an all-girls school. Read full book review >
THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE by Jennifer Maschari
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"The therapeutic message overwhelms this well-meant debut. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A fantasy exploration of grief so overwhelming that it threatens to engulf its sufferer. Read full book review >

THE DASTARDLY DEED by Holly Grant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A fine middle volume, lit up with 'laughs and tears and the occasional fart joke.' (wig information and quiz appended) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Aspiring detective/veterinarian/artist Anastasia McCrumpet's escape from vile St. Agony's Asylum leads to radical changes of fortune, status, mission, and even name in this revelation-packed sequel to The League of Beastly Dreadfuls (2015).Read full book review >
BAA BAA SMART SHEEP by Mark Sommerset
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Barnyard high jinks that won't be to everyone's taste (especially turkeys). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Smart sheep? More like smartypants sheep. Read full book review >
FABULOUS FROGS by Martin Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Most frog books focus on life cycle; this one nicely highlights diversity instead. (Nonfiction picture book 3-6)"
An overview of the fantastic variety found among the over 5,000 frog species of the world. Read full book review >

PLATYPUS by Sue Whiting
by Sue Whiting, illustrated by Mark Jackson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Smoothly written and gently informative, this is a nice addition to the elementary-level nature shelf. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
With its rubbery ducklike bill, reptilian walk, and venomous spurs, the puzzling platypus is a mammal like no other. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT LIKE THIS by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Move over, Goodnight Moon. There's a new star on the bedtime bookshelf. (Picture book. 1-5)"
The third entry in Murphy's ...Like This series explores the nighttime world of animal parents and babies settling down for sleep. Read full book review >
DYLAN THE VILLAIN by K.G. Campbell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Dylan may have his flaws, but he does his name proud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dylan Snivels wants to make a name for himself. Read full book review >
GREENLING by Levi Pinfold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Chilling and thought-provoking, this picture book for older readers invites discussion. (Picture book. 9 & up)"
When a green baby creature appears on their remote Australian farm, the Barleycorns take it in, nurture it, and become part of its natural world—at least for a season. Read full book review >
ALAN'S BIG, SCARY TEETH by Jarvis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Lackluster. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A vain, toothy alligator learns a lesson. Read full book review >
SUPER JUMBO by Fred Koehler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Broadly entertaining. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A small elephant's superhero ambitions leave unintended chaos wherever he goes. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A lively biography that reflects the spirit of the intrepid reporter. (author's note, source notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 11-14)"
As the title implies, this biography focuses largely on reporter Nellie Bly's 10 grim days in a New York City insane asylum for women in 1887, which influenced public opinion and gained her instant celebrity. 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 >