CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"The book doesn't dwell long enough on the smallest moments, but each of them feels like meeting the baseball legend—and maybe, sometimes, even better than the real thing. (historical note, photos) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Brooklyn Dodgers fan Steve's life is changed when Jackie Robinson and his family move into his Jewish neighborhood in 1948. Read full book review >
BUNNY VS. MONKEY by Jamie Smart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"More fun—and silliness—than a barrel of monkeys. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
A gentle rabbit and his forest friends are thrown into upheaval when a mischievous monkey moves into their home. Read full book review >

A FRIEND FOR BO by Elisabeth Zuniga
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Charming and sweet. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lonely little rabbit desperately chooses a very unusual friend. Read full book review >
CLEO EDISON OLIVER, PLAYGROUND MILLIONAIRE by Sundee T. Frazier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A funny, compassionate tale. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Future entrepreneur Cleo, unlike most fifth-graders, has her career path laid out; a new school assignment gives her the opportunity to jump-start her plans. Read full book review >
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON by Cynthia Levinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A respectful, insightful, and inspiring portrait of a fiercely ambitious, remarkably successful woman who has changed the face of American politics. (photos, notes, bibliography) (Biography. 8-12)"
An admiring biography chronicles the life and many remarkable accomplishments of Hillary Rodham Clinton, from childhood to her campaign to become the Democratic candidate for U.S. president in 2016. Read full book review >

COMICS SQUAD #2 by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"One rotten apple aside, a second helping of tasty treats. (Graphic anthology. 7-12)"
The Comics Squad moves from Recess! (2014) to an even more popular theme with a fresh set of minicomics created by a (mostly) fresh slate of artists.Read full book review >
THE ONLY GIRL IN SCHOOL by Natalie Standiford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"An engaging first-person voice and convincing characters make this epistolary novel of friendship and girl power a success. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Claire, the only girl in her small Maryland island school, recounts her fifth-grade year in a series of humorous yet poignant letters to her best friend who moved away. Read full book review >
SPARE DOG PARTS by Alison Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"An unfortunate misalliance of story and illustrations. (Picture book. 3-6) "
In this Canadian import, a little girl speculates on the origins of her beloved pet dog, an endearing mutt with an unusual, mismatched configuration of body parts. Read full book review >
STUDY HALL OF JUSTICE by Derek Fridolfs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Not much more than a vehicle created to spotlight middle school versions of DC Comics heroes and baddies, but fans, at least, will enjoy catching the references. (Graphic fantasy. 9-11)"
Young students with oddly familiar names team up to investigate the nefarious agenda of their school's administration in this batty series opener. Read full book review >
APOLLO by George O'Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Apollo's darker tendencies overshadow his divine radiance here but, as usual, make better tales. (Olympian family tree) (Graphic mythology. 8-14)"
O'Connor makes out his latest Olympian as a tragic hero "who has had many loves, but whose loves seldom prosper." To say the least. Read full book review >
KNIT-KNOTTERS by Sam Hay
by Sam Hay, illustrated by Turine Tran
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This slim chapter book has an even slimmer foundation. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Stella encounters the night sprites, mischievous nocturnal beings that steal socks, hide the caps of markers, and knit children's hair into knots, among other mild wickednesses, in this series opener. Read full book review >
DR. SEUSS by Kate Klimo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Not essential but a handsome tribute. (Early reader/biography. 5-7)"
For children who can read And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street without help, an account of its creator's life and career.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 >