THE ONLY GIRL IN SCHOOL by Natalie Standiford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"An engaging first-person voice and convincing characters make this epistolary novel of friendship and girl power a success. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Claire, the only girl in her small Maryland island school, recounts her fifth-grade year in a series of humorous yet poignant letters to her best friend who moved away. Read full book review >
COMICS SQUAD #2 by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"One rotten apple aside, a second helping of tasty treats. (Graphic anthology. 7-12)"
The Comics Squad moves from Recess! (2014) to an even more popular theme with a fresh set of minicomics created by a (mostly) fresh slate of artists.Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A provocative, gripping account. (photos, maps, timeline, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
In this sweeping world history, Mann chronicles the spread of globalization, examining the mingling of the world's ecosystems through travel, trade, colonization, conquest, and migration, from its beginnings in the 15th century to its continued impact in the present day. Read full book review >
THE POSSIBILITY OF NOW by Kim Culbertson
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Psychology with snow. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Normally at the top of the class, list-making Mara freaks out during a calculus test and travels to spend time with her dad, a former professional skier. 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 >

CLEO EDISON OLIVER, PLAYGROUND MILLIONAIRE by Sundee T. Frazier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A funny, compassionate tale. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Future entrepreneur Cleo, unlike most fifth-graders, has her career path laid out; a new school assignment gives her the opportunity to jump-start her plans. 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 >
RISE OF THE WOLF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Fast-moving fun with broad audience appeal, especially recommended for reluctant readers, Rick Riordan fans, and pedal-to-the-metal adventure aficionados. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Nic enjoys training as a charioteer—not that he has a choice—for his grandfather, Radulf, but the uneasy family détente is shattered when Nic learns the Praetors have taken his mother hostage in Volume 2 of this series set in Imperial Rome's turbulent third century. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"The book doesn't dwell long enough on the smallest moments, but each of them feels like meeting the baseball legend—and maybe, sometimes, even better than the real thing. (historical note, photos) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Brooklyn Dodgers fan Steve's life is changed when Jackie Robinson and his family move into his Jewish neighborhood in 1948. Read full book review >
AUDACITY JONES TO THE RESCUE by Kirby Larson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Clever, funny, and sweet in equal measures. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Audacity travels to Washington, D.C., where she foils a kidnapping plot at the White House. Read full book review >
I'M FROM NOWHERE by Suzanne Myers
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Wren's engaging voice combines with a strong sense of place and nicely developed secondary characters to yield a satisfying read. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A California teen finds her way at a ritzy East Coast boarding school. Read full book review >
SHALLOW GRAVES by Kali Wallace
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Constantly entertaining, intriguing, and suspenseful. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
A girl wakes up a year after her murder to discover new, supernatural powers. 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 >