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 >
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 >
MOLLY & PIM AND THE MILLIONS OF STARS by Martine Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Warm and wise for middle-grade readers who appreciate just a hint of the fantastic. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When her mother is accidentally transformed by a powerful potion, Molly learns to accept the magic in her own life. Read full book review >
SECRET ORIGINS by James Riley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A literary hall of mirrors, with plenty of thrills and laughs to keep 'nonfictionals' in the game. (Metafictional fantasy. 11-13)"
Bethany's latest book-diving exploit takes her and her friends into a superhero comic, a realm where, of course, the good guys always win—or do they? Read full book review >

THE WIZARD'S DOG by Eric Kahn Gale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An ingenious and entirely credible (at least dog lovers will agree with this) twist on the familiar tale. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A tardy corrective for previous versions of the legend of the Sword in the Stone—which leave out the dog. Read full book review >
STEF SOTO, TACO QUEEN by Jennifer Torres
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Once readers get past the drama, they'll cheer for Stef Soto, her family, and Tía Perla. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Debut novelist Torres delivers a light, touching novel about a seventh-grader, her first-generation family's food truck, and her tribulations at school. Read full book review >
MARY BOWSER AND THE CIVIL WAR SPY RING by Enigma Alberti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Plenty of work for sharp eyes and active intellects in this history-based series opener. (answers, historical notes, biographies, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Using a provided packet of helpful tools, readers can search for clues along with a historical spy in the house of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. Read full book review >
THE BODIES OF THE ANCIENTS by Lydia Millet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Memorably unusual but haphazard; the series peaked with its opener, The Fires Beneath the Sea (2011). (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Children, adults, and myriad creatures fight the final battle in a war over climate change. 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 >
THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE by Keir Graff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Fast-paced, anarchic fun for reluctant and avid readers alike. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With his father in Antarctica and his brothers enjoying adventurous summers elsewhere, Brian endures his in aptly named Boring, Illinois, beta testing Uncle Gary's educational software (Summer's Cool) alongside his unfriendly cousin, Nora, until a discovery in the woods changes everything. 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 >
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 >