THE SECRET MISSION OF WILLIAM TUCK by Eric Pierpoint
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Richly detailed and exhilarating. (Adventure. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old boy is given the power to change the tide of the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >
PIRATES IN PAJAMAS by Caroline Crowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Few will be calmed by this raucous crew's capers, but at least they'll see that sometimes bedtime can be an adventure all its own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A familiar bedtime routine gets a pirate-themed makeover. Read full book review >

DANNY AND THE DINOSAUR AND THE NEW PUPPY by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Welcome back, Danny. Let's hear some more stories about you, your new puppy, and your big, old friend. (Early reader. 4-7)"
The venerable I Can Read! series is extending Syd Hoff's run with new books written and drawn in his familiar style. Read full book review >
BAD PIRATE by Kari-Lynn Winters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Arrrrguably the best piratical dogfight you'll ever sink your teeth into. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Wicked smart pacing and playful art tell the tale of a pirate too doggone loyal for her own good. Read full book review >
J.P. AND THE GIANT OCTOPUS by Ana Crespo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Quick, cut-and-dried behavior modeling to share with children in the wakes of common emotional tempests. (Picture book. 4-6)"
To many if not most children, a first visit to a car wash can be a terrifying experience. Read full book review >

AUSTIN, LOST IN AMERICA by Jef Czekaj
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not the best introduction to the country in terms of either facts or a geography lesson. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A pet-store dog tired of not having a home escapes and heads across the country in search of one. Read full book review >
ELWOOD BIGFOOT by Jill Esbaum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Bright, enticing cartoon illustrations and a character many can identify with will hook storytimers and new readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Elwood Bigfoot is lonely…won't any birdie be his friend? Read full book review >
THE PEDDLER'S BED by Lauri Fortino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Lovely. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Who, really, is the peddler in the yellow bow tie? Read full book review >
PEAS IN A POD by Tania McCartney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Adorable—that just about sums it up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Pippa, Pia, Poppy, Polly, and Peg are as alike as the title would indicate: poppets with naturally curly hair, button-dot features, and patches of color on their cheeks. Read full book review >
LOVELY OLD LION by Julia Jarman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A supportive, honest, and needed explanation of Alzheimer's-type illnesses. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What happens when Grandpa can't remember? Read full book review >
POO IN THE ZOO! by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Certain to excite gushes—of hysterical laughter, that is—from lone readers and storytime audiences alike. (Poopture book. 4-10)"
Proving that there's always something new at the zoo, a pile of luminescent poop leaves even the designated poo-scooper flabbergasted. Read full book review >
SNOWY BEAR by Tony Mitton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An unapologetically sweet book that will engage both little and big hearts alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Where, oh where, can this little polar bear lay his head? 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 >