NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Equal parts wistful and uplifting—a small triumph. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A previously unpublished story from the author of Goodnight Moon takes flight in this poignant, charming picture book. Read full book review >
THE LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A memorable life dedicated to music and civil rights, presented with commensurate style. (bibliography, further reading, listening, and viewing) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Twentieth-century racism tried hard to deny this great performer her voice—and failed. Read full book review >

THE MURDERER'S APE by Jakob Wegelius
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Short attention spans need not apply, but committed, careful readers will be richly rewarded. (Mystery. 10 & up)"
When her friend and partner, the sailor Henry Koskela, is wrongfully imprisoned for murder, Sally Jones works for years to free him. Read full book review >
TRAIN I RIDE by Paul Mosier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A harrowing, moving, immersive, and ultimately uplifting debut novel. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Rydr, as she calls herself, is trying to put a brave face on a journey that feels much like doom. Read full book review >
FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP by Laura Atkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"This first book in the Fighting for Justice series is a must-read for all civics classrooms. (resources for activism, note from Karen Korematsu, bibliography) (Blended nonfiction/historical fiction. 8-14)"
When Fred Korematsu, a young Japanese-American man, defied U.S. governmental orders by refusing to report to prison camps during World War II, he and his allies set in motion a landmark civil liberties case. Read full book review >

LESSER SPOTTED ANIMALS by Martin Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This ambitious nonfiction picture book uncovering extraordinary, rarely spotlighted creatures is both informative and funny—quite a feat. (glossary, key) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Meet the numbat, fairy armadillo, zorilla, banded linsang, hirola, and a world of lesser-known animals. Read full book review >
THE HARLEM CHARADE by Natasha Tarpley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A story that motivates justice and inspires kindness, this will have readers hoping for another outing with these appealing protagonists. (author's notes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
The worlds of three Harlem kids collide in an intriguing historical mystery. Read full book review >
RIVERS OF SUNLIGHT by Molly Bang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A handsome invitation to earth science. (notes) (Nonfiction. 4-10)"
The way that the warmth of our sun creates the ebb and flow of water among Earth, its atmosphere, its oceans, and land is the subject of this latest edition to Chisholm and Bang's gorgeous series. Read full book review >
WARRIOR BRONZE by Michelle Paver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A shining conclusion to a stunning series. (Historical fantasy. 8-12)"
Hylas and Pirra travel to Messenia and Lykonia to find Issi, Hylas' sister, and retrieve the dagger of Koronos from the evil Crow army. Read full book review >
LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A song of love vs. a cacophony of hate—all in a beautiful model of bookmaking. (timeline, bibliography, credits and sources) (Historical verse fiction. 11-18)"
A powerful and riveting account of an American couple in love when that love was ruled illegal in many American states. Read full book review >
WATERSONG by Tim McCanna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Beautiful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A red fox seeks shelter as a rainstorm builds in intensity. Read full book review >
GORILLA DAWN by Gill Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A riveting survival adventure with an important message. (Fiction. 9-14)"
A child soldier and a park ranger's son rescue an infant gorilla. 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 >