BANISHED by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Readers won't learn history from this anachronistic and sometimes-inconsistent adventure, but they might enjoy some angst-ridden passionate yearning. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A Bronze Age desert adventure continues in this second trilogy entry, spicing its inspirational romance with the sybaritic wickedness of pagan sex worshippers. Read full book review >
SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN by Jeff Garvin
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Overall, a welcome mirror for gender-fluid teens and a helpful introduction for others. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Riley Cavanaugh, whose father is a prominent politician in a conservative Southern California county, navigates being gender fluid and experiencing panic attacks. Read full book review >

AWAY WE GO by Emil Ostrovski
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Lovers of self-consciously witty nihilist profundities will be thrilled; alas that the snark is mired in the stale trope of tragic gay romance. (Dystopia. 14-17)"
Intellectual boys' boarding school story meets near-future dystopia in this end-times tale. Read full book review >
SAMURAI RISING by Pamela S. Turner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A well-researched narrative told with true grit. (author's notes, timeline, glossary, chapter notes, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
The life of 12th-century samurai Minamoto Yoshitsune unfolds in this compelling and often shocking nonfiction account. The opening warning doesn't lie: very few people die of natural causes. Read full book review >
OF BETTER BLOOD by Susan Moger
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Sure to spark difficult but necessary discussions. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 13-16)"
Moger's debut novel tackles a little-studied chapter of American history. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A valuable and entertaining resource for both budding historians and those seeking biographical information on a few of the many nearly forgotten women of that time. (index not seen) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A collection of brief yet informative biographies of American women of the Colonial era. Read full book review >
THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC by Connie Goldsmith
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An arresting, illuminating, and unlikely-to-be-forgotten story. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Welcome to the you-better-be-Brave New World of emergent viruses. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A serviceable exploration of the role of personality in science and pop culture. (source notes, glossary, bibliography, for further information, websites) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A guided tour through the ages demonstrates how philosophers, scientists, and doctors have tried to understand "the workings of human personality." Read full book review >
STAY IN THE GAME by Megan Atwood
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Highly engaging, with more to come. (Thriller. 12-18)"
This first in a series of five novellas that follow a single storyline introduces the first participant in a contest that seems too good to be true. Read full book review >
RAISE THE STAKES by Megan Atwood
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Pages will turn right up to the cliffhanger. (Thriller. 12-18)"
This third in a series of five novellas that follow one storyline adds white teen Colin to the list of reluctant participants in the Contest. Read full book review >
BEAT THE ODDS by Megan Atwood
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Compelling suspense delivered in a small dose. (Thriller. 12-18)"
This second in a series of five novellas following a single storyline focuses on Latina Ana, who is trying to escape her abusive foster father. 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 >
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 >