JASPER AND THE RIDDLE OF RILEY'S MINE by Caroline Starr Rose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Villains and allies provide colorful melodrama, but it's the brothers' struggle to survive the Yukon wilderness with its harsh beauty and unforgiving cold that will keep readers entranced. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
News that gold's been discovered in northern Canada has just arrived in 1897 Seattle; learning that his brother, Mel, has joined the stampede of amateur prospectors, Jasper, 11, follows him north. Read full book review >
DISRUPTOR by Arwen Elys Dayton
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Just as plodding as the first two volumes. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
The Seeker trilogy concludes. Read full book review >

LEGENDS' LAIR by Joe O'Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A joyful approach to sports—'Yiz are playing a stormer out there'—and a salute to the importance of understanding history. (Fiction. 10-14)"
O'Brien conjures an old Irish soccer pitch as the setting to settle an old, sentimental feud. Read full book review >
EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES by Rhoda Belleza
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An exceptionally satisfying series opener. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
A galaxy perches on the edge of war when word goes out that the crown princess has been assassinated. Read full book review >
TO CATCH A KILLER by Sheryl Scarborough
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite its interesting premise, this debut falls short of its potential. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Scarborough's debut mystery novel follows a teenager on a journey to find her mother's killer. Read full book review >

THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET by Stephanie Morrill
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A mostly well-crafted historical whodunit. (Historical mystery. 12-16)"
A debutante eschews convention to investigate the suspicious disappearance of her best friend. Read full book review >
DENTON LITTLE'S STILL NOT DEAD by Lance Rubin
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sequel that neatly wraps up this funny and original story. (Fiction. 14-18)"
This follow-up to 2015's Denton Little's Deathdate continues the comedic saga of a high school senior who lives in a world in which the government is able to divine at birth when each person will die. Read full book review >
ABOVE by Jason Chabot
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Unusual and largely engaging. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
In this sequel to Below (2016), 16-year-old Elia longs to return to her home in the clouds, but she is stuck trying to survive in a harsh world where her dark skin and strange eyes mark her as an outsider. Read full book review >
BLUFF by Julie Dill
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sly, insightful close-up of risk-taking's seductive, addictive appeal. (Fiction.14-18)"
An Oklahoma teen turns her poker prowess into a source of income then finds it exacts a price. Read full book review >
CRAZY MESSY BEAUTIFUL by Carrie  Arcos
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"This satisfying and unconventional love story explores the various meanings of the word. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Neruda Diaz carries around his legendary namesake's poems, but they haven't helped him find the love he desperately seeks. Read full book review >
THE BEATLES by Jason Quinn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A lively and informal look at the young Beatles. (Beatles facts) (Graphic biography. 10-14)"
This introduction to the Beatles during their formative years in the late 1950s and early '60s reveals their struggle to reach "the toppermost of the poppermost" of the rock-music world. Read full book review >
A TRAGIC KIND OF WONDERFUL by Eric Lindstrom
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An intimate and affecting portrait of mental illness helmed by an achingly real protagonist. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A girl grapples with bipolar disorder as she tries to mend broken friendships and find herself. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >