LITTLE CAT'S LUCK by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Excellent for young readers and all cat lovers. (Verse fiction. 7-12)"
This little cat's luck turns out to be dependent on the kindness of strangers, and that, most satisfyingly, connects back to her own unerring kindness. Read full book review >
PAX by Sara Pennypacker
Kirkus Star
by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Moving and poetic. (Animal fantasy. 9-13)"
A motherless boy is forced to abandon his domesticated fox when his father decides to join soldiers in an approaching war. Read full book review >

SAMURAI RISING by Pamela S. Turner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A well-researched narrative told with true grit. (author's notes, timeline, glossary, chapter notes, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
The life of 12th-century samurai Minamoto Yoshitsune unfolds in this compelling and often shocking nonfiction account. The opening warning doesn't lie: very few people die of natural causes. Read full book review >
THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC by Connie Goldsmith
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An arresting, illuminating, and unlikely-to-be-forgotten story. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Welcome to the you-better-be-Brave New World of emergent viruses. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES by Rebecca Podos
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This heartfelt and page-turning debut introduces readers to a whip-smart and wise heroine. (Mystery. 13-18)"
The daughter of a bestselling mystery author turns to her favorite literary sleuths for inspiration to find her missing father. Read full book review >

SOME KIND OF COURAGE by Dan Gemeinhart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Poignant and real. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Joseph Johnson searches the Northwest frontier for his missing horse and a new family. Read full book review >
TO CATCH A CHEAT by Varian Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A doctored video showing Jackson Greene and his eighth-grade friends sneaking in to clog Maplewood Middle School toilets pulls the former prankster and his crew into an elaborate set of strategies to catch the perpetrator and foil a couple of would-be cheaters in the process. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO CAME IN OFF THE ROOF by Annie M.G. Schmidt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A charming, refreshing, and funny treat. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A shy newspaper reporter gets a helping paw from local felines through a mysterious and "cattish" young lady. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ACE by Marilyn Nelson
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Readers will join Nelson's protagonist in quietly hoping for that healing, too. (Verse fiction. 12-16)"
When will the Constitution's racial fractions become a healthy whole? 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 >
WHEN MISCHIEF CAME TO TOWN by Katrina Nannestad
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This heartwarming and richly engaging tale explores grief and the sustaining support of humor with an abundance of love. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Irrepressible Inge Maria has been sent to live with her grandmother on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, after her mother's death. Read full book review >
PAPER WISHES by Lois Sepahban
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This historical debut speaks volumes of love and longing. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
During World War II, Manami and her parents and grandfather are forced to relocate from Bainbridge Island in Washington to Manzanar, an internment camp in California for Japanese-Americans. 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 >