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 >
IF YOU WERE HERE by Jennie Yabroff
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"A lukewarm work of realism layered with elements of fantasy and mystery. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Tess who could see the future. Read full book review >

SNOWBIRDS by Crissa-Jean Chappell
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"The ending feels a bit pat and safe, yet this novel will still find readers. (Mystery. 14-17)"
The disappearance of her friend will send a Mennonite girl on a journey of discovery. Read full book review >
DRAWN AWAY by Holly Bennett
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A definite crowd-pleaser for fairy-tale enthusiasts and fantasy lovers. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
The Little Match Girl finds her way to modern-day Canada in this haunting adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's bleakest fairy tale. Read full book review >
THE RADIUS OF US by Marie Marquardt
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A rushed ending is only a small distraction in this otherwise eye-opening story. (Fiction. 14-18)"
As in Dream Things True (2015), Marquardt explores the American dream, this time through the lenses of two traumatized teens. Read full book review >

PHOENIX RISING by Bryony Pearce
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Thrilling steamship adventure overcomes wobbly worldbuilding. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
A pirate ship plies the garbage-strewn and poisonous seas of a late 21st century finally recovering from the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. 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 >
MISSION TO PLUTO by Mary Kay Carson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A worthy companion to Catherine Thimmesh's Team Moon (2006) with similar appeal. (glossary, web resources, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A team effort sends a space probe to the edge of our solar system. Read full book review >
HIDEOUT by Watt Key
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"It's man versus nature as well as man versus man in this tale that will have strong appeal to Key's fans and adventure lovers. (Adventure. 10-15)"
Key treads familiar territory in this tale of boys trying to be men, this time in the dangerous swampy bayous of Mississippi. 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 >
THE LAST HARVEST by Kim Liggett
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though the book seems to want to read like a teen version of Stephen King's 'Children of the Corn' with romance, its implausible characters and chaotic plotline will leave readers cold. (Horror. 14-18)"
Clay Tate never believed his dead father's crazed ramblings about devil worshippers in Midland, Oklahoma. Read full book review >
POISON'S KISS by Breeana Shields
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Avoid this curry-house fantasy and try Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's The Conch Bearer (2003) or Roshani Chokshi's The Star-Touched Queen (2016) instead. (author's note) (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A girl raised as an assassin is sent after a cute boy in Sundari, an Indian-inflected fantasyland. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 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 >