THE WARDEN'S DAUGHTER by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Moving and memorable. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Perpetually angry, motherless Cammie O'Reilly, the warden's daughter, sets about turning Eloda Pupko, the silent, distant trustee working as "Cammie-keeper," into a mother figure over the summer she turns 13. Read full book review >
THE ICARUS SHOW by Sally Christie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An aspirational mix of Greek myth and painful truths for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
"Coming soon!…A boy is going to fly! Do you believe it?…Will you be there???" Read full book review >

FLICKER AND MIST by Mary G. Thompson
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This tale of mixed heritage and divided loyalties with an engaging heroine will appeal to fans of character-driven fantasy. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Myra has inherited her Leftie mother's Ability to become invisible, called flickering, but using it would endanger her high-profile, mixed-blood family. Read full book review >
MARESI by Maria Turtschaninoff
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Strong on neopagan religion and ritual; dubious on female empowerment. (maps) (Fantasy. 13-16)"
An idyllic abbey of women is attacked by men. Read full book review >
THE CURSED QUEEN by Sarah Fine
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Exciting, with more excitement ahead. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A warrior receives dangerous magic that she can't control in this companion to The Impostor Queen (2016). Read full book review >

A CRACK IN THE SEA by H.M. Bouwman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This novel touches on sensitive and tragic moments in history and gives them fantastical remediation for a provocative, immersive read. (afterword, bibliography) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In the "second world" dwell people who did not arrive of their own volition. But in that world exist communities and harmony, between and among the Raftworlders (with dark brown skin and tightly curled hair) and the Islanders (with lighter-brown skin and straight hair). Read full book review >
SCAR ISLAND by Dan Gemeinhart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Children who respond to it well will read it over and over again. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lord of the Flies set on Alcatraz, with the Gothic sensibility of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Read full book review >
THE IMPOSSIBLE CLUE by Sarah  Rubin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A perplexing mystery with a savvy sleuth and unexpected outcome. (Mystery. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old math whiz keen on solving problems tackles the case of a missing scientist. Read full book review >
THE WEARLE by Chris d’Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Enjoyable but not exceptional fare for d'Lacey's fans and readers of Tui T. Sutherland's dragon books. (list of characters, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Young dragon Gabrial and young human Ren cross paths, uncover a hidden evil, and unravel a mystery. Read full book review >
THE GRIFFIN OF DARKWOOD by Becky Citra
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Solid worldbuilding makes this a believable, page-turning adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The son of a fantasy novelist finds himself in an adventure worthy of one of his mother's plots. Read full book review >
THE LIFE FANTASTIC by Liza Ketchum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A jam-packed ride through early-20th-century performance culture, if one can hold on. (list of songs, author's note, glossary, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Raised on the road with vaudevillian parents and gifted with a golden voice, young Teresa LeClair sets out to "shoot for the stars—or die trying" in Ketchum's newest historical novel. Read full book review >
KRYSIA by Krystyna Mihulka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Elegant, eye-opening, and memorable. (Memoir. 10-15)"
A young girl endures life as a political prisoner. 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 >