THE CROOKED SIXPENCE by Jennifer Bell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An auspicious trilogy opener. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Ivy and her brother Seb, 14, discover a surprising parallel world of uncommon objects and people when their grandmother is injured just after Christmas. Read full book review >
FIRE COLOR ONE by Jenny Valentine
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A story about an ugly situation that explodes into beauty through cunning and resilience. (Fiction. 13-17)"
In any family, not everything is as it seems, but in Iris' family, this is a big problem. Read full book review >

THE HARLEM CHARADE by Natasha Tarpley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A story that motivates justice and inspires kindness, this will have readers hoping for another outing with these appealing protagonists. (author's notes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
The worlds of three Harlem kids collide in an intriguing historical mystery. Read full book review >
LIFERS by M.A. Griffin
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An ambitious misfire. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A British teen investigates a local disappearance. Read full book review >
FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP by Laura Atkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"This first book in the Fighting for Justice series is a must-read for all civics classrooms. (resources for activism, note from Karen Korematsu, bibliography) (Blended nonfiction/historical fiction. 8-14)"
When Fred Korematsu, a young Japanese-American man, defied U.S. governmental orders by refusing to report to prison camps during World War II, he and his allies set in motion a landmark civil liberties case. Read full book review >

THAT BURNING SUMMER by Lydia Syson
Released: Jan. 26, 2017

"Rewarding on many levels, but it doesn't deliver all that it seems to promise. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
It's July 1940 on the marshy Kentish coast of England, and the Battle of Britain is being fought overhead. Read full book review >
CITY OF SAINTS & THIEVES by Natalie C. Anderson
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A story full of twists and turns, proving nothing is ever as black and white as it may seem. (glossary) (Thriller. 12-16)"
Anderson's debut mystery novel features a Congolese teenager bent on revenge. Read full book review >
ELON MUSK AND THE QUEST FOR A FANTASTIC FUTURE by Ashlee Vance
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A modern American success story, neither overly earnest nor unreservedly adulatory. (timeline) (Biography. 11-14)"
Vance slims down his 2015 portrait of an entrepreneur who has made and spent several eye-watering fortunes on the way to restarting our country's space program and possibly revolutionizing the auto industry. Read full book review >
THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE by Ali Standish
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"This is the sort of melodramatic story that relies on the characters never telling each other the whole truth; add that to being yet another book about a tragic medical situation for a miss. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A grieving boy befriends an unconventional girl in a small Southern town in Standish's debut. Read full book review >
THE SOMEDAY BIRDS by Sally J. Pla
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Hopeful, authentic, and oddly endearing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
While serving as a journalist in Afghanistan, a widowed father of four is injured, leaving him hospitalized and his children without a parent. Read full book review >
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 >
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN by Gerry Swallow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Clever, humorous sequel with a 'take-charge, kick-butt' heroine. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Blue in the Face (2016), 12-year-old, white Elspeth returns to the parallel world of New Winkieland. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 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 >