STRANGE FRUIT by Gary Golio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A must-read, must-discuss that will speak to children and linger with adults.(Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Lynching: a strange and difficult but important topic for a song—and for this picture book. Read full book review >
THE NEGRO LEAGUES by Matt Doeden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"It's conventional fare, but it's systematic and at least a little broader in scope than older titles. (notes, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A broad survey of African-Americans in baseball, from the end of the Civil War to the era of Jackie Robinson and the last of the barnstormers. Read full book review >

YOURS TRULY by Heather Vogel Frederick
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Truly's fans cheer the return of the likable sleuth in this family-oriented mystery in which past and present collide. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Following Absolutely Truly (2014), this second Pumpkin Falls Mystery follows middle schooler and gumshoe Truly Lovejoy as she tackle mysteries surrounding a local feud and a family secret. Read full book review >
ARTEMIS by George O'Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Admire her—from a distance—and don't dis her or her mom. (notes, character profiles, discussion questions, reading lists) (Graphic mythology. 8-14)"
O'Connor offers a portrait of the Wild Goddess of the Hunt as probably the last of the Olympians you'd want to cross. Read full book review >
AUDACITY JONES STEALS THE SHOW by Kirby Larson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A suspenseful little mystery with heart. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Audacity Jones returns for her next adventure, this time helping Harry Houdini in his quest to make an elephant disappear. Read full book review >

GORILLA DAWN by Gill Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A riveting survival adventure with an important message. (Fiction. 9-14)"
A child soldier and a park ranger's son rescue an infant gorilla. Read full book review >
CLEO EDISON OLIVER IN PERSUASION POWER by Sundee T. Frazier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Cleo's an engaging, effervescent original whose story unfolds with humor and insight, probing weighty issues with a light touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In her latest business venture (creating personalized barrettes), the pint-size entrepreneur harnesses the power of social networking, fifth-grade style. Read full book review >
HE WHO DREAMS by Melanie Florence
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This novel allows young readers to embrace their own heritages and realize they stand on the shoulders of all their ancestors. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Living on his Cree mother's Aboriginal reserve but looking like his redheaded Irish father, narrator John McCaffrey struggles to discover where he belongs. Read full book review >
THE BEST MISTAKE MYSTERY by Sylvia McNicoll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Readers who can get past the tonal quibbles will appreciate seeing how this class geek discovers that some of his brainy quirks make him a fine budding sleuth. (Mystery. 9-12)"
A bomb threat leads to early school dismissal and leaves Stephen entangled in intrigue. Read full book review >
LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A song of love vs. a cacophony of hate—all in a beautiful model of bookmaking. (timeline, bibliography, credits and sources) (Historical verse fiction. 11-18)"
A powerful and riveting account of an American couple in love when that love was ruled illegal in many American states. Read full book review >
PLAYING CUPID by Jenny Meyerhoff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A fast read for budding romance fans, from the Wish series. (Fiction. 8-12)"
At Austen Middle School, seventh grade means the Austen Business Challenge. Latina Clara's project? Matching up couples for the Hot Chocolate Social. Read full book review >
NEWSPRINTS by Ru Xu
by Ru Xu, illustrated by Ru Xu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Despite a few rough edges, a promising start. (Graphic science fiction. 11-13)"
An escalating war unites a ragamuffin with a secret and two fugitives with secrets of their own in this steampunk-tinged opener. 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 >