PATHFINDERS by Tonya Bolden
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 >
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 >

THE SILVER GATE by Kristin Bailey
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Tender and magical. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Wynn is a sweet-natured 11-year-old with physical and mental challenges that have caused her to be labeled a changeling and hidden away with her mother in a lonely hut far from the serfs' village. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY by Kate O'Hearn
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though far from perfect, an improvement over the first outing. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When war threatens the nine realms, Odin sends Freya, a young Valkyrie, and Archie, her human friend, to Midgard to rescue Brünnhilde, a runaway hero of legend. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A solid resource for teens seeking advice on planning their futures. (notes, further resources) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Wooster offers teens too shy or scared to be themselves the stories of others who have embraced their true selves. Read full book review >

BEHELD by Alex Flinn
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"These fizzily undemanding romantic spins on familiar tales go down easy. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
Following Mirrored (2015), Towering (2013), and more, Flinn continues her retellings of folk and fairy tales, this time featuring "Little Red Riding Hood," "Rumpelstiltskin," "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," and "The Ugly Duckling." Read full book review >
STONE MIRRORS by Jeannine Atkins
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A fascinating, tantalizing glimpse. (bibliography) (Verse historical fiction. 12-18)"
Edmonia Lewis was a noted African-American sculptor whose career begins in this verse novel set in the late 1800s. Read full book review >
CRUSHING IT by Joanne Levy
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An undemanding, entertaining, and engaging romp with a predictable happy ending. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Kat, a down-to-earth seventh-grader, self-conscious of her braces-and-eyeglasses appearance, gets roped into playing Cyrano de Bergerac for her gorgeous, popular cousin, Olivia, and her best friend and soul mate, Tyler. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2017

"Readers willing to go with the book's flow should enjoy this logic-free, apocalyptic caper. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Fifteen-year-old intersex, mixed-race (Vietnamese and Dominican) teenager Blake's life with a special-agent dad and a helicopter-pilot mom is anything but "normal"—and it's about to get a lot thriller-ier. Read full book review >
WAYFARER by Alexandra Bracken
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Far too lengthy for any but the most avid fans. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Star-crossed time-traveling lovers Etta and Nicholas, now separated, try to find each other in adventures across the world and history in this continuation of Passenger (2016). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A hopeful premise damaged by an improbable plot and unlikely characters. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When SoCal native Gabi moves to Alaska, she expects to always be a fish out of water, but in just a short time, she learns to call the frozen tundra home. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >