CALICO GIRL by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"At once heartbreaking and uplifting, a gentle, lyrical story of a determined black girl's journey toward freedom during the Civil War. (afterword, bibliography, endnotes) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A young enslaved girl embraces the promises and uncharted world of freedom in the early days of the American Civil War. Read full book review >
YOU THROW LIKE A GIRL by Rachele Alpine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A near miss. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Gabby is having the worst—or possibly the best—summer ever. Read full book review >

SWITCHING GEARS by Chantele Sedgwick
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Best for fans of three-hanky weepers. (Romance. 12-16)"
Emmy grapples with the death of her first love, a potential new boyfriend, and her mom's diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's. Read full book review >
#FAMOUS by Jilly Gagnon
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A missed opportunity. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A viral photo throws two teenagers' lives into chaos. Read full book review >
A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY by Ellen Emerson White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Go girl. (Fiction. 13-18)"
High school senior Jill Cafferty is a very talented pitcher who is about to become the first woman to be drafted by a major league baseball team. Read full book review >

LAST DAY ON MARS by Kevin Emerson
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Enigmatic enemies, sabotage, space travel, and short, bone-wracking bits of time travel make for a banging adventure. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
All remaining humans are leaving Mars for a distant planet, but departure day goes sideways. Read full book review >
FINDING JADE by Mary Jennifer Payne
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"With repetitive language, underdeveloped storyline, and lackluster worldbuilding, this series opener leaves much to be desired. (Paranormal adventure. 12-16)"
A Canadian teen discovers paranormal powers in the near future. Read full book review >
ADDIE BELL'S SHORTCUT TO GROWING UP by Jessica Brody
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Warm, if frothy, acknowledgment of the value of keeping true, longtime friends. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
On the eve of her 12th birthday Addie wishes she were 16. Read full book review >
THE WISH GRANTER by C.J. Redwine
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Satisfying fare for fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
In a companion book to The Shadow Queen (2016), Ari becomes a reluctant princess when her brother makes a disastrous deal with the notorious Wish Granter. Read full book review >
DARE YOU by Jennifer Brown
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"It's good that Nikki's developed some self-control, as it will help motivate readers to stick around for Volume 3 and the continuation of the mystery. (Suspense. 12-18)"
In this sequel to Shade Me (2016), synesthete Nikki Kill continues her search for the murderer of Peyton Hollis and for answers that can explain her own past. Read full book review >
BY YOUR SIDE by Kasie West
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A simmering romance that gives weight to mental health and hard choices. (Fiction. 13-18)"
After a weekend trapped in a library together, two teens from different social stratospheres are drawn to one another. Read full book review >
THE RELEASE by Tom Isbell
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Flimsy, phoned-in, and forgettable. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 13-17)"
Book, Hope, and the others continue their desperate search for safety after The Capture (2016) in this trilogy conclusion. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >