ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST by Mary  Losure
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Narrative nonfiction at its best and most convincing. (acknowledgements, source notes, bibliography, index not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The last of the magicians: Sir Isaac Newton. 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 >
FIRE COLOR ONE by Jenny Valentine
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A story about an ugly situation that explodes into beauty through cunning and resilience. (Fiction. 13-17)"
In any family, not everything is as it seems, but in Iris' family, this is a big problem. Read full book review >
LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A song of love vs. a cacophony of hate—all in a beautiful model of bookmaking. (timeline, bibliography, credits and sources) (Historical verse fiction. 11-18)"
A powerful and riveting account of an American couple in love when that love was ruled illegal in many American states. Read full book review >

OUR OWN PRIVATE UNIVERSE by Robin Talley
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An important and heartfelt contribution to contemporary teen lit about queer women: hopeful, realistic, and romantic, Talley's newest is sure to satisfy. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A diverse story of first times and finding oneself. Read full book review >
GORILLA DAWN by Gill Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A riveting survival adventure with an important message. (Fiction. 9-14)"
A child soldier and a park ranger's son rescue an infant gorilla. Read full book review >
FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP by Laura Atkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"This first book in the Fighting for Justice series is a must-read for all civics classrooms. (resources for activism, note from Karen Korematsu, bibliography) (Blended nonfiction/historical fiction. 8-14)"
When Fred Korematsu, a young Japanese-American man, defied U.S. governmental orders by refusing to report to prison camps during World War II, he and his allies set in motion a landmark civil liberties case. Read full book review >
TRAIN I RIDE by Paul Mosier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A harrowing, moving, immersive, and ultimately uplifting debut novel. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Rydr, as she calls herself, is trying to put a brave face on a journey that feels much like doom. Read full book review >
UNDEFEATED by Steve Sheinkin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Superb nonfiction that will entertain as it informs. (source notes, works cited, acknowledgments, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Young readers of this biography may be surprised that Jim Thorpe, an athlete they may never have heard of, was once considered "the best athlete on the planet." Read full book review >
PATHFINDERS by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A lively volume and an excellent approach to U.S. history. (glossary, source notes, bibliography, image credits, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In 16 minibiographies, Bolden tells the stories of little-known African-Americans who "had big, bold dreams. Pursued passions. Caught up with their callings." Read full book review >
STONE MIRRORS by Jeannine Atkins
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A fascinating, tantalizing glimpse. (bibliography) (Verse historical fiction. 12-18)"
Edmonia Lewis was a noted African-American sculptor whose career begins in this verse novel set in the late 1800s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >