COUNT YOUR CHICKENS by Jo Ellen Bogart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"There is so much feathered fun here, it's pure poultry in motion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Unfolding in short, bouncy rhymes, this atypical counting book fills its pages with a flock of chickens enjoying a day at the county fair. Read full book review >
BONE JACK by Sara Crowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A lovely, eerie adventure that balances the ancient magic with its protagonist's very real character growth. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a grim season, one rural tradition seems less like a boys' romp and more like a gateway for the old powers. Read full book review >

MOUSE AND HIPPO by Mike Twohy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"While there are plenty of picture books that feature unlikely friendships, young listeners will be pleased to make the acquaintance of these two cheerful creatures and, quite possibly, inspired to view the world in engaging new ways. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two anthropomorphic animals meet unexpectedly and quickly become friends despite their differences. Read full book review >
IT'S A MYSTERY, PIG FACE! by Wendy McLeod MacKnight
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A summer adventure that determined young readers may enjoy. (Mystery. 9-11)"
Tracy—gratingly—delights in calling her younger brother "Pig Face"; although she has a reasonably amicable relationship with him, she appears oblivious to the hurtful nature of her chronic name-calling. Read full book review >
GRIZZLY PEAK by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Nail-biting journey with a heart. (Adventure. 8-11)"
An adventure trip in British Columbia's Cariboo Mountains may be the best chance for a father and son to reconnect. Read full book review >

MALALA by Raphaëlle Frier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A realistic and inspiring look at Malala Yousafzai's childhood in Taliban-controlled Pakistan and her struggle to ensure education for girls. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A fight for girls' education. Read full book review >
LEGENDS' LAIR by Joe O'Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A joyful approach to sports—'Yiz are playing a stormer out there'—and a salute to the importance of understanding history. (Fiction. 10-14)"
O'Brien conjures an old Irish soccer pitch as the setting to settle an old, sentimental feud. Read full book review >
SLOPPY WANTS A HUG by Sean Julian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Short, simple, sweet—and more than likely to spur some similarly slobbery affection between parent and child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dewdrop the fairy is willing to give every forest creature a hug—except for Sloppy the tree dragon. What has Sloppy done? Read full book review >
EVERYWHERE, WONDER by Matthew Swanson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Whether this has children writing their own stories or not, its expansive exhortation should definitely get them noticing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture-book call to dream and to create. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF MONTHS AND YEARS by Emma Trevayne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A just-scary-enough adventure that might send readers to investigate more about real-life 'calendar houses' like Amelia's new one. (Horror. 8-12)"
An awkward protagonist takes on an unconventional "haunted" house in this dark middle-grade fantasy from England. Read full book review >
THE ALARMING CAREER OF SIR RICHARD BLACKSTONE by Lisa Doan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A (mostly) good beastly adventure. (Historical science fiction. 8-12)"
Adventure abounds when a pale and grubby London street urchin escapes the city to work for an eccentric scientist. Read full book review >
SQUIRREL MEETS WORLD by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite a rough start, Doreen's story offers a heroine it's easy to go nuts over. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A middle-grade origin story for Squirrel Girl, one of Marvel Comics' wackiest superheroes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >