KRYSIA by Krystyna Mihulka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Elegant, eye-opening, and memorable. (Memoir. 10-15)"
A young girl endures life as a political prisoner. Read full book review >
THE LIFE FANTASTIC by Liza Ketchum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A jam-packed ride through early-20th-century performance culture, if one can hold on. (list of songs, author's note, glossary, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Raised on the road with vaudevillian parents and gifted with a golden voice, young Teresa LeClair sets out to "shoot for the stars—or die trying" in Ketchum's newest historical novel. Read full book review >

HUSH by Surya Sajnani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"A mostly satisfying addition to the interactive board-book shelf. (Board book. 1-3)"
Simple, repetitive text, familiar sounds, and developmentally appropriate graphics characterize this simple board book for little ones. Read full book review >
FARM by Surya Sajnani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"A fun choice to promote dexterity and animal recognition. (Board book. 2-3)"
Little fingers can slide three vertical panels to reveal the black-and-white images of common farm animals. Read full book review >
ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 30, 2016

"A bland if pretty treatment for adults who feel their children are not ready for the original. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Paired to creamy, surreal illustrations, an abbreviated and retold account of Alice's sojourn from her encounter with the Cheshire Cat on in this sequel to Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole (2015). Read full book review >

CATS ALOFT by Lisa Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Feline aficionados may love the cat characters, but the 'mystery' won't leave them purring. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Cat brothers Anton and Cecil are on the road again…or above it, as the case may be. Read full book review >
AGATHA PARROT AND THE HEART OF MUD by Kjartan Poskitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Agatha is distinctive, funny, and engaging. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Agatha Parrot is a sprightly kind of girl. Read full book review >
LUCKY LAZLO by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"The title indicates that Lazlo is lucky, but readers of this delightful book will undoubtedly feel that they are really the lucky ones. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lazlo is in love with an actress playing Alice, and thus his adventure into the wonderful world of theater begins. Read full book review >
NINJA ON THE FARM by Luke Flowers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Amusing and accessible. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Moby Shinobi, a young ninja, is eager to use his many skills to help Farmer Bob with his myriad chores. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU by Rebecca Doughty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A celebration of friendship that uses metaphors to excellent effect. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Doughty explores the difference one person can make. Read full book review >
THAT'S ME LOVING YOU by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Combine this with a kissing hand, and children will be ready to set off on their own to explore the world, safe in the knowledge that they are loved. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Rosenthal describes the love an adult caregiver has for a child as expressed through nature metaphors. Read full book review >
HOW DO DINOSAURS CHOOSE THEIR PETS? by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Mammoth fun for dinosaur and pet lovers alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Face it: when you think about dinosaurs and other animals, you think predator-prey, no? 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 >