DOVE EXILED by Karen Bao
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Its protagonist of Asian heritage aside, it's a standard-issue dystopian middle volume. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
Even though she is on Earth, Phaet can't hide from the evil, totalitarian Lunar government for long. Read full book review >
SAVING WONDER by Mary Knight
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A likable protagonist and good writing can't overcome the novel's problems. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's been five years since 12-year-old Curley's mother and little brother drowned when a coal mine slurry pond broke its banks and swallowed them and seven years since his father died in a mining accident. Read full book review >

SOAR by Joan Bauer
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 >
THE TRUTH by Jeffry W. Johnston
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A crackerjack idea hobbled by weak characters and the author's heavy hand. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A teen hostage is forced to recount his battle with a home invader. Read full book review >
DEEP ROOTS by Nikki Tate
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Still, a solid foundation, a taproot to appreciating the incredible diversity and contribution of trees to our everyday lives. (resources, glossary index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A rangy introduction to trees and how they sustain our very existence. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fans of the series may appreciate its untiring comedic banter, but the endless sparkles and running jokes start to lose a bit of their luster, making this feel a bit like a one-trick pony—er, unicorn. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
In this third installment, Phoebe and her unicorn find themselves encountering yet more whimsical hilarity. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A serviceable exploration of the role of personality in science and pop culture. (source notes, glossary, bibliography, for further information, websites) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A guided tour through the ages demonstrates how philosophers, scientists, and doctors have tried to understand "the workings of human personality." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"Though it's a bit of a slog, readers of Book 1 will find it worth the time for its unexpected conclusion. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
A lost prince and his ladylove must defeat the tyrant rampaging over the steppes with an army of enslaved spirits in this sequel to The Oathbreaker's Shadow (2015).Read full book review >
NORA & KETTLE by Lauren Nicole Taylor
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"A complicated, unlikely friendship with an ending that feels simplified. (Historical fiction. 13-16)"
Teens Nora and Kettle endure hardships while leading two different lives in 1950s America. She lives in a brownstone; he, on the streets. But, at their very cores, they share a common need: survival. Read full book review >
OUR MOON by Elaine Scott
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Well-captioned illustrations and photographs, diagrams, and pithy text boxes round out this handsome package. (glossary, bibliography, websites, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
This examination of Earth's closest orbital companion presents historical information, scientific fact and theory, an overview of the Apollo missions, and recent discoveries. Read full book review >
THE CIRCLE OF LIES by Crystal Velasquez
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The book closes with events that will no doubt be the cornerstone of the plot of the next book; here's hoping that it will be believable. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The second installment in the Hunters of Chaos series doesn't waste time getting started. Read full book review >
APOLLO by George O'Connor
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Apollo's darker tendencies overshadow his divine radiance here but, as usual, make better tales. (Olympian family tree) (Graphic mythology. 8-14)"
O'Connor makes out his latest Olympian as a tragic hero "who has had many loves, but whose loves seldom prosper." To say the least. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >