Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"It's a broad emotional story with interesting bits and pieces, but it doesn't work as a whole. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When the rebellious Andi draws good-girl Sam out of her comfort zone and to a party in the woods, the pair encounters bellicose brothers York and Boston. Read full book review >
TAKE THE FALL by Emily  Hainsworth
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The story offers plenty of red herrings but falls short of thrilling. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Gretchen Meyer's list of friends was long; the list of suspects who wanted her dead is even longer. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A nonstop time-travel romp. (author's note; maps, not seen) (Fantasy. 14-18)"
She was born in Honolulu's Chinatown late in the Hawaiian monarchy, but the only home Nix has known is the Temptation, the ship her father, Slate, and his crew sail through time to destinations real and imaginary, seeking a way into the past—before her mother died giving birth to Nix. Read full book review >
SOME OF THE PARTS by Hannah Barnaby
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A touching depiction of the pain of grief. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Tallie was driving with only a learner's permit the night that her brother, Nate, died in a car crash. Read full book review >
THE WORD FOR YES by Claire Needell
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An engrossing story proving the hard truth that it isn't always strangers who hurt us the worst of all. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In the aftermath of a devastating incident at a high school party, three sisters struggle to help one another. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Those who suspend their disbelief and stick with Caleb to the end of his journey will be rewarded with some answers, but perhaps not as many as they expect. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Caleb's journey through a surrealistic landscape that's reminiscent of his favorite video game could be the beginning of his recovery from family trauma. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"In this lively sequel, both fans and readers new to the story can enjoy the enterprising endeavors of these steadfast friends. (Fiction. 11-14)"
After successfully establishing their party-planning venture, (You're Invited, 2015) the four friends behind RSVP feel ready to handle their first wedding.Read full book review >
THE CIRCLE OF LIES by Crystal Velasquez
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The book closes with events that will no doubt be the cornerstone of the plot of the next book; here's hoping that it will be believable. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The second installment in the Hunters of Chaos series doesn't waste time getting started. Read full book review >
UNDER THE DUSTY MOON by Suzanne Sutherland
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Readers will cringe at Vic's failures and cheer for her triumphs. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Over the course of one summer, the daughter of a Canadian indie-rock goddess grapples messily with all of her relationships. Read full book review >
JACK & LOUISA by Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Giving this story its lift is its profound and infectious love of musical theater. Budding thespians will applaud. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Things go so badly awry at rehearsals for the Shaker Heights Middle School production of Guys and Dolls that Jack and Louisa, the school's "resident theater nerds" and the stars of the musical, wonder if the show will go up. Read full book review >
RIDERS by Veronica Rossi
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Not a lot of plot or subtlety, but plenty of explosions in this macho, military story. (Fantasy. 14-20)"
Bickering boys slouch toward something in this semi-apocalyptic action tale. Read full book review >
STEPPING OUT by Laura Langston
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An entertaining and intriguing glimpse into stand-up. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Paige cracks jokes to compensate for her club foot, but she has real talent and dreams of a career in comedy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >