THE LUCKIEST SCAR ON EARTH by Ana Maria Spagna
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"It's delightful to see a female snowboarder as narrator, and readers who can get past the book's unevenness will find distinctive characters and an underrepresented subject. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen snowboarder reconnects with her estranged father, an ardent environmentalist. Read full book review >
ONE AMAZING ELEPHANT by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Interesting but uneven. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A middle-grade friendship and family story plays out against a circus backdrop. Read full book review >

THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A familiar-feeling historical adventure elevated by use of setting. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A Celtic princess is abducted, enslaved, and sent to a gladiatrix school in Julius Caesar's Rome. Read full book review >
THE BONE SNATCHER by Charlotte Salter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An adventure-filled tale that intrigues despite its flaws.(Fantasy. 10-15)"
A lonely orphan endures monsters and mayhem in a house on a haunted hill. Read full book review >
ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST by Mary  Losure
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Narrative nonfiction at its best and most convincing. (acknowledgements, source notes, bibliography, index not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The last of the magicians: Sir Isaac Newton. Read full book review >

BEASTLY BRAINS by Nancy F. Castaldo
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The book's high-interest topic is ill-served by its execution. (resources, glossary, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
An exploration of animal intelligence. Read full book review >
SOLDIER SONG by Debbie Levy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A moving tale of ordinary soldiers in a great conflict who find solace in music. (notes on the war, the battle, the song, Civil War timeline, bibliography, quotation sources) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
One song was embraced by both sides of the very bloody conflict: "Home Sweet Home." Read full book review >
JASPER AND THE RIDDLE OF RILEY'S MINE by Caroline Starr Rose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Villains and allies provide colorful melodrama, but it's the brothers' struggle to survive the Yukon wilderness with its harsh beauty and unforgiving cold that will keep readers entranced. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
News that gold's been discovered in northern Canada has just arrived in 1897 Seattle; learning that his brother, Mel, has joined the stampede of amateur prospectors, Jasper, 11, follows him north. Read full book review >
DISRUPTOR by Arwen Elys Dayton
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Just as plodding as the first two volumes. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
The Seeker trilogy concludes. Read full book review >
LET'S EAT by Kimberley Veness
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will want to go out and get some dirt under their fingernails. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Stories abound at the local supermarket, but you will have to talk to the food. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF MONTHS AND YEARS by Emma Trevayne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A just-scary-enough adventure that might send readers to investigate more about real-life 'calendar houses' like Amelia's new one. (Horror. 8-12)"
An awkward protagonist takes on an unconventional "haunted" house in this dark middle-grade fantasy from England. Read full book review >
SQUIRREL MEETS WORLD by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite a rough start, Doreen's story offers a heroine it's easy to go nuts over. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A middle-grade origin story for Squirrel Girl, one of Marvel Comics' wackiest superheroes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >