NOTES ON A NEAR-LIFE EXPERIENCE by Olivia Birdsall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"As in life, there is no happily ever after here, just poignant realization that life's circumstances must be worked through and accepted with a great deal of contemplation, understanding and counseling. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Mia's vision of her perfect upper-middle-class family lifestyle abruptly changes with very little warning or explanation when her father moves out. Read full book review >
CORYDON AND THE FALL OF ATLANTIS by Tobias Druitt
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"The author promises one more episode, set at Troy. (glossary) (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Driven by the same agile imagination and lively wit that animated Corydon and the Island of Monsters (2006), this sequel sends goat-footed young Corydon off to Atlantis to rescue his friend, the gentle Minotaur. Read full book review >

THE PHANTOM ISLES by Stephen Alter
FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Fresh and familiar—an entertaining read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Middle-schoolers Courtney, Orion and Ming accidentally raise the long-dead spirits of Phantom Islanders entrapped by an early 20th-century scientist and carried away from their Indian Ocean home to Carville, Mass., where they've been hidden in books in the library's basement stacks. Read full book review >
BROKEN MOON by Kim Antieau
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"A well-intentioned but flawed execution of a fascinating story. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Six years after she was scarred in a brutal attack—sanctioned by the elders of her Pakistani village as punishment in an interfamily dispute—Nadira, 18, labors as a domestic servant in Karachi, supporting her widowed mother and little brother, Umar. Read full book review >

SILENT ECHOES by Carla Jablonski
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"But the plot moves along quickly and will likely grab the attention of young teens. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Jablonski is in familiar territory in this pseudo time-travel/feminist treatise. Read full book review >
RECKONING by Kate Cary
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"The premise—a heroine torn between love of a good man and the seductive power of a redeemable vampire—will appeal to readers of that genre, and close ties to Dracula and epistolatory style add some originality. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
This vampiric love story, told in diary entries, continues the tale of Dracula's descendents begun in Bloodline (2005). Read full book review >
THE GOD OF MISCHIEF by Paul Bajoria
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"By the end, though Cloy and Bonefinger have been dispatched, and Mog and Nick may have found a home at last, the author leaves too much unexplained to create much sense of closure. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Suspenseful—but at best, loosely connected—elements rattle around in this capacious sequel to the equally patchwork Printer's Devil (2005). Read full book review >
THE NEW POLICEMAN by Kate Thompson
FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Charming. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
J.J. Liddy sometimes wishes he could go clubbing like the other boys instead of playing fiddle at his family's dances every weekend. Read full book review >
THE SECRET TWIN by Denise Gosliner Orenstein
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"A lyrical, melancholy look at healing and human connections. (Fiction. 13-15)"
In this dreamlike narrative, two love-starved young people connect in the brief time they share. Read full book review >
M.L.K. by Tonya Bolden
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Still, an important, comprehensive look at a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement. (author's note, timeline, source notes, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Adding to the growing body of literature about Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, Bolden attempts to portray the passion of a man for a cause when he could have lived a quiet life untouched by the troubles that would come his way. Read full book review >
WILDWOOD DANCING by Juliet Marillier
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"However, the consuming gothic love of Tati and Sorrow, and Jena's burdened but intoxicating relationship with her own slow-to-show true love, will sweep romance fans away. (author's note, glossary, pronunciation guide) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two Grimm's tales, a Transylvanian forest and purple prose combine in an entrancing rush of romance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >