Walker The Goose by Susanne Blumer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"An appealing tale of good things coming to geese who wait."
A goose longs for a place to belong in this rhyming, based-on-a-true-story picture book from Blumer (Wooly Meets the Chickens, 2015). Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY OF CAPTAIN SCAREDY CAT by José Carlos Andrés
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"The suggested coping strategy won't work for all children, but if read with proper gusto, the book will be a sure storytime hit. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A once fearless pirate captain gets his mojo back—just in time for bed. Read full book review >

THE GALINOS by Luis Amavisca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Cold comfort to know we are the not the only environmentally destructive hooligans in the universe. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On distant planet Gala, many Galinos have a bad case of wastefulness. Sound familiar? Read full book review >
The Temple of Paris by Laura DeBruce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"Not quite as exciting or satisfying as its predecessor, this novel still delivers an appealing continuation of the elixir story."
Two American teenagers embark on a mission to track down the foremost expert on a powerful potion in this sequel to DeBruce's YA thriller The Riddle of Prague (2013). Read full book review >
Nomadin by Shawn Cormier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2010

"This novel casts a fresh spell for fans of the boy-wizard genre."
In this YA fantasy debut, a wizard's apprentice must help stop a Necromancer from escaping his prison within a book. Read full book review >

The King of Average by Gary Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A skilled and witty tale about a boy who would be king that should appeal to children and adults."
A supposedly average boy realizes that he's not so mediocre after all in this debut middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
The Dirt Bike Detective by Douglas L. Hoover
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A remarkable debut enlivened by heroic portions of silliness, spirit, and depth."
In this debut upper middle-grade mystery, several outcast students at a charter school search for their missing teacher. Read full book review >
YOU GOT THIS! by Maya S. Penn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"There's no doubt Maya will continue to change the world for the better, and those who can follow her advice might have a shot at joining forces. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
If every teenager were as together as author Penn, the world would be a much different place. Read full book review >
If Crows Know Best by Aimee L. Gross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"This YA series starter should be a sure hit with adults who favor traditional quest fantasy, and younger readers who love the political aspects of Sherwood Smith's novels."
A boy becomes embroiled in politics and magic when his country is conquered in this fantastical tale of war and survival, reminiscent of the works of Raymond Feist. Read full book review >
Zenji & the Muzzy Bug by Aisl Madden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 12, 2015

"A vibrantly illustrated, relaxation-focused sleep story that has plenty of appeal."
A bright-green, kid-friendly monster does visualizations to defeat a cold in Madden's children's series debut. Read full book review >
The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A delightful novel that delivers a tightly plotted, character-driven story about a hero confronting wondrous creatures."
This first installment of a projected paranormal fantasy series chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old boy who, after dealing with the disappearance of his mother, moves to another state. Read full book review >
Fair To Hope by S. D. Reed
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"An unusual story that could have used more development and focus in its worldbuilding."
A young woman attempts to escape her destiny in Reed's debut novel, a young-adult urban fantasy. 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 >