CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"This adaptation will diminish Red Cloud's legacy, perpetuate negative stereotypes, and provide incorrect information to young readers: skip. (afterword, acknowledgments, timeline, glossary, historical sites, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
In 1868, Red Cloud, a respected Oglala chief, led an intertribal war against the U.S. Army and won. Read full book review >
INNOCENT HEROES by Sigmund Brouwer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A steppingstone to Michael Morpurgo's War Horse (1983) and a worthy introduction to the Great War. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Brouwer uses the assault on Vimy Ridge during World War I to highlight the bravery of both Canadian troops and the animals that served. Read full book review >

ANIMAL ARK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Beautiful photos, with an impact heightened (sometimes to somewhat dizzying altitudes) by the accompanying words. (author's, photographer's notes) (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-12)"
The Newbery medalist matches bursts of poetic commentary to dozens of dramatic close-ups, mostly of creatures classified as endangered or threatened. Read full book review >
THE PLAYBOOK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This will appeal to fans of Alexander's previous middle-grade novels as well as young sports fans. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Building on the great success of his Newbery-winning The Crossover (2014), Alexander provides advice and life lessons to young readers, drawn mostly from the world of sports and organized by a schema of "rules." Read full book review >
CALICO GIRL by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"At once heartbreaking and uplifting, a gentle, lyrical story of a determined black girl's journey toward freedom during the Civil War. (afterword, bibliography, endnotes) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A young enslaved girl embraces the promises and uncharted world of freedom in the early days of the American Civil War. Read full book review >

YOU THROW LIKE A GIRL by Rachele Alpine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A near miss. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Gabby is having the worst—or possibly the best—summer ever. Read full book review >
SWITCHING GEARS by Chantele Sedgwick
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Best for fans of three-hanky weepers. (Romance. 12-16)"
Emmy grapples with the death of her first love, a potential new boyfriend, and her mom's diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's. Read full book review >
#FAMOUS by Jilly Gagnon
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A missed opportunity. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A viral photo throws two teenagers' lives into chaos. Read full book review >
A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY by Ellen Emerson White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Go girl. (Fiction. 13-18)"
High school senior Jill Cafferty is a very talented pitcher who is about to become the first woman to be drafted by a major league baseball team. Read full book review >
LAST DAY ON MARS by Kevin Emerson
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Enigmatic enemies, sabotage, space travel, and short, bone-wracking bits of time travel make for a banging adventure. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
All remaining humans are leaving Mars for a distant planet, but departure day goes sideways. Read full book review >
FINDING JADE by Mary Jennifer Payne
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"With repetitive language, underdeveloped storyline, and lackluster worldbuilding, this series opener leaves much to be desired. (Paranormal adventure. 12-16)"
A Canadian teen discovers paranormal powers in the near future. Read full book review >
ADDIE BELL'S SHORTCUT TO GROWING UP by Jessica Brody
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Warm, if frothy, acknowledgment of the value of keeping true, longtime friends. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
On the eve of her 12th birthday Addie wishes she were 16. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 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 >