UP FROM THE SEA by Leza Lowitz
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"It's the haunting details of those around Kai that readers will remember. (author preface, afterword) (Verse fiction. 12-14)"
Kai's life is upended when his coastal village is devastated in Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami in this verse novel from an author who experienced them firsthand. Read full book review >
THE TIN SNAIL by Cameron McAllister
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"An unusual, mostly successful wartime adventure. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A tiny rural village does its part for the war effort by hiding what could be the greatest car ever invented. Read full book review >

CHLOE IN INDIA by Kate Darnton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Blonde American Chloe's perspective gives Western readers a way into this tale of inequality in a foreign culture, mitigating some of the stereotyping. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Chloe is not happy about leaving her shady, green Boston home for life in oppressively hot Delhi, India, especially since she stands out as the only blonde American in her grade. Read full book review >
BLUE IN THE FACE by Gerry Swallow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A surprising heroine fulfills her destiny in this rollicking version of Mother Goose. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
After throwing a terrible tantrum, a horrid 11-year-old wakes up in a parallel world and discovers her true self. Read full book review >
ZERO DAY by Jan Gangsei
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Skip it. (Thriller. 12-16)"
At age 8, Adele Webster disappeared from her home without a trace. Read full book review >

THE EXTRA YARD by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"For football fans, what's not to like? (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Cinderella theme plays out for middle school football fans in this second book in the Home Team series. Read full book review >
SOAR by Joan Bauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An outstanding, tender exploration of courage and the true nature of heroism and, for good measure, a fine homage to America's game, as well. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Jeremiah has a lot of heart, which is a little ironic, since the heart that beats in his chest is a transplanted one.Read full book review >
PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Long but intriguing, and sometimes exciting—the payoff is in the future. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A dedicated violinist finds her life taking a different turn when she learns that she is a time traveler in this series opener. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A fair wealth of good information too often obscured by what feels like a desperate need to be liked. (Collective biography. 9-12)"
A dozen vest-pocket profiles of notorious fugitives—good, bad, and, in the case of Typhoid Mary, ugly. Read full book review >
SCIENCE STUNTS by Jordan D. Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Magical science that's amazing, astounding, and sure to appeal to middle-grade and middle school readers. (biographies, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Showman Dr. Dazzleberry and his friends Galileo, Newton, and Einstein demonstrate and explain 25 astonishing science tricks. Read full book review >
ARROWS by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Hasty plot resolution and uneven character development make this myth-inspired teen romance less than heavenly. (Fantasy. 13-17)"
Surprise! Not only are the Greek gods real, but their interference in the love lives of mortals has disastrous consequences. Sound familiar? Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An important if sometimes-awkward study of two scientists who helped to change the world. (timeline, glossary, who's who, chapter notes, bibliography, for more information, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
"Radioactivity was the first new property of matter discovered since Sir Isaac Newton defined the law of gravity in 1686," and the work of Irène Curie and Lise Meitner in the early 20th century helped to open the door to modern physics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >