NICE WORK, FRANKLIN! by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A solid, immensely readable introduction to a complex man, in a complex time of history. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The 32nd president faced many challenges, including enduring and overcoming a difficult illness and helping to cure an economic sickness of the nation. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE GIRL IN GREY by Jordan Stratford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A tragically flawed premise results in a lamentable waste of excellent writing. (Historical mystery. 8-12)"
More spurious adventures with those crime-solving minxes Ada Byron (Lovelace) and Mary Godwin (Shelley). Read full book review >

ALL PAWS ON DECK by Jessica Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"These salty sea dogs put the bite back in buccaneering. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 6-9)"
Two bored pups take to the high seas in an imaginative and homophone-friendly caper. Read full book review >
SCIENCE STUNTS by Jordan D. Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Magical science that's amazing, astounding, and sure to appeal to middle-grade and middle school readers. (biographies, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Showman Dr. Dazzleberry and his friends Galileo, Newton, and Einstein demonstrate and explain 25 astonishing science tricks. Read full book review >
A NEW ARRIVAL by Anna Alter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Good friends and familiar situations will make readers feel at home in this second volume of the series. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The Sprout Street neighborhood is shaken up by the arrival of a new resident. Read full book review >

KENYA'S ART by Linda Trice
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"The emphasis on art as something that's not useful and on holding on to items by branding them as art makes this one to miss. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A broken-toy purge turns into an art-making session in this didactic look at recycling and reuse. Read full book review >
TO THE STARS! by Carmella Van Vleet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This welcome addition to the field of female fliers will be informative as well as inspirational for girls. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
This biography of Kathy Sullivan joins the ranks of picture books about women who have taken to the air. Read full book review >
HILLARY by Jonah Winter
by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Raúl Colón
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This book's audience will select itself; red staters will avoid it, but Clinton's fans will love it. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
She is a powerful force in current American politics and immediately identifiable by her first name. Read full book review >
BELLA'S BEST OF ALL by Jamie Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Cute, but a miss nevertheless. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A little mouse compares her things to her mother's, and all but one come up short. Read full book review >
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON by Michelle Markel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Go-girl power and a good read. (timeline, artist's note, selected bibliography) (Picture books/biography. 7-10)"
The strong roots of a presidential hopeful. Read full book review >
SOAR by Joan Bauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An outstanding, tender exploration of courage and the true nature of heroism and, for good measure, a fine homage to America's game, as well. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Jeremiah has a lot of heart, which is a little ironic, since the heart that beats in his chest is a transplanted one.Read full book review >
A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON by Ramin Ganeshram
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Children whose grown-ups do not address the material in the notes with them will be left with a sorely incomplete understanding of both the protagonists' lives and slavery itself. (recipe) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Delia's papa, Hercules, faces a seemingly insurmountable challenge: how to bake a birthday cake for his master, President George Washington, without sugar? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >