THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Deb Loughead
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Too many flaws to make it worthy of precious reading time. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Secrets and lies and guilt and shame choke this mild thriller. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An exceptionally well-written and -researched chronicle of a crucial civil rights turning point. (photos, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Bausum, the author of two other excellent books about the civil rights movement (Freedom Riders, 2005; Marching to the Mountaintop, 2012), chronicles a largely overlooked but consequential event in the history of the movement. Read full book review >

SIREN SISTERS by Dana Langer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Touching on family relationships, grieving, growing up, first romance, and Norse mythology, this is an exciting fantasy with a heart-stopping ending by an author to watch. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
On the cusp of her 13th birthday, reluctant siren-in-training Lorelei Salt, who soon will be joining her sisters in luring ships to their dooms with their glorious singing, finds herself responsible for destroying the Sea Witch's curse and saving her sisters' lives in this debut novel set in present-day Maine. Read full book review >
A KIDS' GUIDE TO AMERICA'S FIRST LADIES by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An inspirational lot, overall, of women who have 'enhanced our country in many resplendent ways.' (selected sources, index) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
Frank profiles of 45 women who, for the most part, made the best of a "weird job." Read full book review >
LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT by Josh Sundquist
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Thought-provoking and insightful. (author's note) (Romance. 13-18)"
Sundquist (We Should Hang Out Sometime, 2014) explores blindness and sight in his first novel. Read full book review >

THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT by Chelsea Sedoti
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A solid coming-of-age novel with light spunk and individuality. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Hawthorn Creely always hated Lizzie Lovett, so why is she distraught when Lizzie goes missing in this seamless blend of mystery and relationship fiction? Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A stirring, suspenseful true story of dangerous adventure and remarkable survival. (photos, 'Teddy's Travel Tips,' timeline, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In this true, thrilling adventure story, 55-year-old former president Theodore Roosevelt joins an expedition to explore an uncharted river deep in the Amazon jungle and barely makes it out alive. Read full book review >
FLICKER AND MIST by Mary G. Thompson
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This tale of mixed heritage and divided loyalties with an engaging heroine will appeal to fans of character-driven fantasy. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Myra has inherited her Leftie mother's Ability to become invisible, called flickering, but using it would endanger her high-profile, mixed-blood family. Read full book review >
MARESI by Maria Turtschaninoff
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Strong on neopagan religion and ritual; dubious on female empowerment. (maps) (Fantasy. 13-16)"
An idyllic abbey of women is attacked by men. Read full book review >
UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Excellent prose is undercut by a highly implausible ending. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
Housebound with severe mental illness, a white teen fights her demons and attempts a romance with a neighbor. Read full book review >
THE CURSED QUEEN by Sarah Fine
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Exciting, with more excitement ahead. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A warrior receives dangerous magic that she can't control in this companion to The Impostor Queen (2016). Read full book review >
BECAUSE OF THE SUN by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This lyrical coming-of-age story effectively explores the complicated nature of love and grief. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
A teen girl finds solace in The Stranger, the New Mexico desert, and a blossoming romance as she struggles to grieve the death of her emotionally abusive mother. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >