THE RADIANT ROAD by Katherine Catmull
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Fewer words would have made a better story. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A 15-year-old American girl and a half-fairy Irish boy fight to save the gate to the fairies' world. Read full book review >
SHADE ME by Jennifer Brown
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"An intense, often exasperating, sometimes-thrilling series opener. (Thriller. 12-18)"
An 18-year-old girl decides to investigate an attempted murder on her own. Read full book review >

SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Kudos for a fresh take on a fraught topic but not for derailing slavery into a vehicle for romantic angst. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Literacy becomes the key to liberation in a thoughtful debut fantasy. Read full book review >
THE CAPTURE by Tom Isbell
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Heroics, bravery, and action don't compensate for serious implausibility issues. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 13-17)"
The escaped Less Thans and Sisters from The Prey (2015) return to rescue those left behind.Read full book review >
SECRETS OF VALHALLA by Jasmine Richards
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"The combination of adventure, appealing characters, and high stakes should satisfy middle-grade fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two unlikely preteens battle the gods of Norse mythology to save their world from Ragnarok—chaos and destruction. Read full book review >

CONCENTR8 by William  Sutcliffe
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"This thriller is bogged down by polemic and poor character development. (Dystopian thriller. 13-16)"
A near-future thriller about overprescription. Read full book review >
THE ISLE by Jordana Frankel
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Narrative distractions are overcome by action and character development in this duology closer. (Dystopian adventure. 12-16)"
After The Ward (2013), Ren must save her adopted sister, Aven, from Gov. Voss while keeping the newly discovered magical spring from him and his plans.Read full book review >
WE ARE THE ANTS by Shaun David Hutchinson
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Bitterly funny, with a ray of hope amid bleakness. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Extraterrestrials offer depressed, acerbic Henry Denton the chance to save the Earth from certain destruction by pressing a red button. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A richly detailed study that is as perceptive as it is engaging. (photos, timeline, bibliography, chapter notes) (Biography. 12-18)"
Like Cynthia Levinson's Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can (2016), Blumenthal's biography covers Clinton's childhood to her current campaign to become the Democratic candidate for president in 2016 but, written for an older audience, goes into greater depth and detail. Read full book review >
UNDERWATER by Marisa Reichardt
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A moving, reflective exploration of grief, trauma, and how individuals find their paths toward resilience. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Confined to her apartment for four months by crippling panic attacks, Morgan tries to recuperate from the school shooting she witnessed, but her fear of the world's unpredictable dangers hampers her efforts. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A fast, fun popcorn read and promising series opener. (Horror. 12-16)"
A loose Frankenstein retelling set in small-town Texas.Read full book review >
THE KILLING JAR by Jennifer  Bosworth
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"The romance is alluring and Bosworth's descriptions are poetic, but the story's lack of tension and its easy resolution disappoint. (Horror. 14-18)"
Seventeen-year-old Kenna must live with the horrible memory of having committed murder—but she also remembers the raw energy she stole from her victim and how powerful and godlike it made her feel. 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 >