THE SWEETEST SOUND by Sherri Winston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Readers will be rooting for both Cadence as she claims her gift and the community who supports her. (Fiction. 8-12)"
What if, in not keeping a promise to God, you make a deal with the devil? Read full book review >
ONE LAST WORD by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This striking, passionate anthology reminds young readers and adult fans of poetry alike that while black life remains 'no crystal stair,' there remains reason to hope and a reserve of courage from which to draw. (historical note, author's notes, biographies, sources, index) (Poetry. 10 & up)"
Timely and thought-provoking, Grimes' collection transports young readers through the enduring expressiveness of the Harlem Renaissance, juxtaposing classic poems of the era with her own original work and full-color art by contemporary African-American illustrators. Read full book review >

RAPPY GOES TO THE SUPERMARKET by Dan Gutman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Kids practicing their reading skills deserve better. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The reluctant rhyming, rapping dino has to be dragged to the supermarket by his mother, but maybe shopping isn't so bad. Read full book review >
SCAR ISLAND by Dan Gemeinhart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Children who respond to it well will read it over and over again. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lord of the Flies set on Alcatraz, with the Gothic sensibility of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Read full book review >
SPUNKY LITTLE MONKEY by Bill Martin Jr.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Great for storytime or for little monkeys who need encouragement to run around. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Every little monkey needs to get up and move! Read full book review >

HEART TO HEART by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Rebuses get a text update for a modern love note. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ehlert combines her iconic cut-paper images of fruits and vegetables with some text-speak to create a rebus story for Valentine's Day. Read full book review >
VICTOR AND HUGO by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"If readers are ready to forgive its confused plot, the art offers much to appreciate. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two dogs rescue their master's accordion—and the world's music—in Paris. Read full book review >
THE WEARLE by Chris d’Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Enjoyable but not exceptional fare for d'Lacey's fans and readers of Tui T. Sutherland's dragon books. (list of characters, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Young dragon Gabrial and young human Ren cross paths, uncover a hidden evil, and unravel a mystery. Read full book review >
PEN PALS by Alexandra Pichard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Pichard blends modern interests with the old-fashioned charm of receiving letters by post, proving in this digital age of social media, texting, abbreviation, and brevity that there's still magic behind the stamp. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A friendship blooms in this homage to the handwritten letter. Read full book review >
HUG IT OUT! by Louis Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"It's not a complex story, but it's a wise one that shows through a specific example how siblings get along, even when they often don't. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The push and literal pull (usually hair) of sibling rivalry is explored in a direct and comically knowing way in animator Thomas' debut picture book. Read full book review >
WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A BANG AND A CLANG by Emma J. Virján
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Muted giggles but no standing ovation for this orchestra. (Early reader. 3-6)"
The fourth in the early-reader Pig in a Wig series. Read full book review >
MARTIN'S DREAM DAY by Kitty Kelley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A bland, undistinguished photo essay of a milestone event in American history. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Celebrity biographer Kelley offers an account of the 1963 March on Washington, paired to the images of acclaimed photojournalist Tretick. 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 >