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 >

AMERICAN ACE by Marilyn Nelson
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Readers will join Nelson's protagonist in quietly hoping for that healing, too. (Verse fiction. 12-16)"
When will the Constitution's racial fractions become a healthy whole? Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"The high-appeal topic will attract many readers, and the suspenseful account will have them trying to solve this still unresolved murder mystery. (author's note, endnotes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
This true-crime narrative examines the question that mesmerized the nation in 1892: did Lizzie Borden kill her father and stepmother? Read full book review >
UP FROM THE SEA by Leza Lowitz
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"It's the haunting details of those around Kai that readers will remember. (author preface, afterword) (Verse fiction. 12-14)"
Kai's life is upended when his coastal village is devastated in Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami in this verse novel from an author who experienced them firsthand. Read full book review >

ZERO DAY by Jan Gangsei
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Skip it. (Thriller. 12-16)"
At age 8, Adele Webster disappeared from her home without a trace. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A teen-issue book with loads of potential that only achieves mediocrity. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Despite a drunken driving charge, a stint in rehab, and an unshakeable thirst for vodka-induced oblivion, 17-year-old Natalie is not an alcoholic. Read full book review >
LIFE AT THE SPEED OF US by Heather Sappenfield
Released: Jan. 8, 2016

"Readers may not understand what's happening, but they'll probably keep reading. (Fantasy. 16-18)"
Grief and self-discovery combine to change one young woman's life. Read full book review >
PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Long but intriguing, and sometimes exciting—the payoff is in the future. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A dedicated violinist finds her life taking a different turn when she learns that she is a time traveler in this series opener. Read full book review >
SCIENCE STUNTS by Jordan D. Brown
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Magical science that's amazing, astounding, and sure to appeal to middle-grade and middle school readers. (biographies, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Showman Dr. Dazzleberry and his friends Galileo, Newton, and Einstein demonstrate and explain 25 astonishing science tricks. Read full book review >
ARROWS by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Hasty plot resolution and uneven character development make this myth-inspired teen romance less than heavenly. (Fantasy. 13-17)"
Surprise! Not only are the Greek gods real, but their interference in the love lives of mortals has disastrous consequences. Sound familiar? Read full book review >
FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A promising if overlong and ambivalent debut. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A determined teen uses sex to regain control over her life. 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 >