BEASTLY BRAINS by Nancy F. Castaldo
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The book's high-interest topic is ill-served by its execution. (resources, glossary, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
An exploration of animal intelligence. 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 >

EYES & SPIES by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Released: March 14, 2017

"Though there are plenty of issues worthy of attention not addressed here, this lively effort serves well as a revealing, thoughtful, and provocative introduction to a complex subject and alarming realities. (further reading, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The word "Orwellian" is oddly absent in this chilling look at how we now live in a world of near-constant surveillance and data collection. Read full book review >
COME ON IN, AMERICA by Linda Barrett Osborne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A slim volume big on historical information and insight. (timeline, source notes, credits) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A wide-ranging exploration of World War I and how it changed the United States forever. Read full book review >
BIRTHDAYS by Nikki Tate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"The intended audience may find this less interesting than educators and librarians looking for program ideas; nevertheless, a useful book. (glossary, references and resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A survey of birthday customs from ancient times to today's birthday wishes on social media. Read full book review >

THE <i>WHYDAH</i> by Martin W. Sandler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A fascinating, vivid look at what one shipwreck reveals about the realities of the 'Golden Age of Piracy.' (maps, photos, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Sandler tells the exciting true story of the only wrecked pirate ship ever found and the mysteries it revealed. Read full book review >
NIGHT WITCHES by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Despite quibbles, it's sure to satisfy fans of Carolyn Meyer, Dear America, and Lasky's own previous World War II fiction. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A rarely told story of sisterhood, passion, and survival during World War II. Read full book review >
SIOUX CODE TALKERS OF WORLD WAR II by Andrea M. Page
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"An engagingly written, deeply researched account of a little-known part of World War II. (maps, photos, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The role of Navajo Code Talkers in World War II is fairly well-known, but this informative book reveals the equally important contributions of Sioux Code Talkers who served in the Pacific theater. Read full book review >
THE BODY MARKET by Donna Freitas
Released: March 28, 2017

"Skip the lukewarm romance to get to the eventful ending. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Skylar's floundering after the deceptions and betrayals uncovered in Unplugged (2016). Read full book review >
ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON by Alex Irvine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Uninspired: reads and looks like a rough draft. (timeline, bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 11-13)"
An account of the first moon landing, with special focus on Michael Collins, the astronaut who stayed aloft in the command module. Read full book review >
AMERICAN PHAROAH by Shelley Fraser Mickle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Quibbles aside, Pharoah is himself an inspiration, and most horse-loving children will hang on every word.(Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A racehorse biography for middle graders. Read full book review >
STARFALL by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2027

"A high-energy graphic offering. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
Animal warriors band together to fight a faction of evil moon bunnies. 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 >