EXOPLANETS by Karen Latchana Kenney
Released: March 1, 2017

"A concise companion and update to Vicki Oransky Wittenstein's Planet Hunter (2010). (index, source notes, bibliography, websites) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
An enticing overview of tools, techniques, and discoveries in what the author rightly characterizes "a red-hot field in astronomy." Read full book review >
SPLINTER by Sasha Dawn
Released: March 1, 2017

"Detailed and suspenseful. (Mystery. 12-18)"
Sami still hopes that her mother is alive 10 years after she disappeared. She also hopes that her father didn't murder her. Read full book review >

NINJA PLANTS by Wiley Blevins
Released: March 1, 2017

"An interesting take on a subject not often covered in books for middle school and teen readers. (glossary, selected bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 12-17)"
The plant world includes many curiosities whose "sneaky" adaptations help ensure their survival and reproduction. Read full book review >
WAKING IN TIME by Angie Stanton
Released: March 1, 2017

"Without sparks to sustain it, the story fizzles. (Science fiction. 14-16)"
She's going back in time; he's going forward; they meet in 1961. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2017

"An unusual approach to vampires with shudders tempered by plenty of humor. Readers will happily welcome back Quinnie and the Maiden Rockers. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Amateur sleuth and wild jumper-to-conclusions Quinnie Boyd is back in a second cozy mystery (The Maypop Kidnapping, 2016)—this time trying to determine if a pair of visiting horror writers are blood-sucking vampires. Read full book review >

CAMP SO-AND-SO by Mary McCoy
Released: March 1, 2017

"Weird, fun, clever, and different—in a good way. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Camp is supposed to be about arts and crafts, capture the flag, and lazy days swimming in the lake, but at Camp So-and-So, nothing is as it's supposed to be, or even as it seems. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2017

"This may work as an introduction to the concept of ACT, but it's too simplistic to help readers engage in self-directed ACT practices. (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
A very generalized introduction to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Read full book review >
FUTURE THREAT by Elizabeth Briggs
Released: March 1, 2017

"A quick and satisfying middle volume that may make readers almost wish it was the end. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
The second installment in Briggs' time-travel trilogy introduces new players and conspiracies that threaten Elena's present and future. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2017

"An engagingly written, deeply researched account of a little-known part of World War II. (maps, photos, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The role of Navajo Code Talkers in World War II is fairly well-known, but this informative book reveals the equally important contributions of Sioux Code Talkers who served in the Pacific theater. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2017

"A possible discussion starter, though enigmatic to a fault. (Picture book. 11-18)"
A subtle reminder that education is a gift no amount of bullying can spoil. Read full book review >
SEEKING REFUGE by Irene N. Watts
Released: March 1, 2017

"A book that invites close reading, this will spark interest in the plight of all refugees. (glossary) (Graphic historical fiction. 10-16)"
An 11-year-old Jewish girl travels alone from Berlin to Great Britain in the Kindertransport of 1938. Read full book review >
BLACK BLIZZARD by Kristin F. Johnson
Released: March 1, 2017

"Emergency safety advice laced with teen banter makes for a quick read. (Adventure. 12-16)"
A real disaster follows a competitive one for an Arizona teen. 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 >