PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Long but intriguing, and sometimes exciting—the payoff is in the future. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A dedicated violinist finds her life taking a different turn when she learns that she is a time traveler in this series opener. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A fair wealth of good information too often obscured by what feels like a desperate need to be liked. (Collective biography. 9-12)"
A dozen vest-pocket profiles of notorious fugitives—good, bad, and, in the case of Typhoid Mary, ugly. Read full book review >

SCIENCE STUNTS by Jordan D. Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Magical science that's amazing, astounding, and sure to appeal to middle-grade and middle school readers. (biographies, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Showman Dr. Dazzleberry and his friends Galileo, Newton, and Einstein demonstrate and explain 25 astonishing science tricks. Read full book review >
ARROWS by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Hasty plot resolution and uneven character development make this myth-inspired teen romance less than heavenly. (Fantasy. 13-17)"
Surprise! Not only are the Greek gods real, but their interference in the love lives of mortals has disastrous consequences. Sound familiar? Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An important if sometimes-awkward study of two scientists who helped to change the world. (timeline, glossary, who's who, chapter notes, bibliography, for more information, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
"Radioactivity was the first new property of matter discovered since Sir Isaac Newton defined the law of gravity in 1686," and the work of Irène Curie and Lise Meitner in the early 20th century helped to open the door to modern physics. Read full book review >

THE DOOR BY THE STAIRCASE by Katherine Marsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Well-drawn characters, an original setting, and a satisfying resolution are the ingredients that make this carefully crafted middle-grade adventure a highly rewarding read. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Will bravery, kindness, and perceptiveness be enough to earn 12-year-old orphan Mary Hayes a permanent home with Madame Zolotaya, the elderly woman who rescues her from a terrible Buffalo orphanage? Read full book review >
ALISTAIR GRIM'S ODD AQUATICUM by Gregory Funaro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Dive head-, feet-, or face-first into this delicious danger. (character list) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
If it's fear that keeps the senses sharp, all five of Grubb Grim's must be knives. Read full book review >
WORLDS OF INK AND SHADOW by Lena Coakley
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A potentially intriguing experiment runs aground. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Worlds collide and characters come to life when four young writers discover the limits of their creative powers. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A KISS by Robin Palmer
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"While the road may be well-trodden, readers are still in for a breezy, enjoyable ride. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Back to the Future meets The Breakfast Club for Generation Z.Read full book review >
THE TIARA ON THE TERRACE by Kristen Kittscher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An entertaining mystery featuring kids who readily outsmart all the adults; what could be better? (Mystery. 9-12)"
Following The Wig in the Window (2013), preteen sleuths Sophie Young and Grace Yang are back for a second outing, joined by Trista Bottoms, this time investigating the death—and potentially the murder—of a man managing their major local parade.Read full book review >
SUPERHEROES DON'T EAT VEGGIE BURGERS by Gretchen Kelley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A sweet exploration of an evolving friendship burdened by some tiresome tropes; should Kelley focus on the former and move past the latter, she will do well. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A middle school student solves his problems with a seemingly magic journal. Read full book review >
MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY OLYMPICS by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Dewey like this? Of course, and so will upper-elementary and middle school readers and gamers alike. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Can the hometown champions defeat teams from around the country in a new contest at Mr. Lemoncello's fantastic library? 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 >