SOME OF THE PARTS by Hannah Barnaby
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A touching depiction of the pain of grief. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Tallie was driving with only a learner's permit the night that her brother, Nate, died in a car crash. Read full book review >
PETE MILANO'S GUIDE TO BEING A MOVIE STAR by Tommy Greenwald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Alas, there's no blockbuster here. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Can Charlie Joe Jackson's pal Pete Milano survive the transition from school prankster to Hollywood movie star? Read full book review >

SPACE HOSTAGES by Sophia McDougall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The book's odd pacing may disorient some readers, but they'll be very happy to be disoriented. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
The titles in McDougall's space-adventure series are a little misleading, and even the characters know it. Read full book review >
ASCENDING THE BONEYARD by C.G. Watson
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Those who suspend their disbelief and stick with Caleb to the end of his journey will be rewarded with some answers, but perhaps not as many as they expect. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Caleb's journey through a surrealistic landscape that's reminiscent of his favorite video game could be the beginning of his recovery from family trauma. Read full book review >
YOU'RE INVITED TOO by Jen Malone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"In this lively sequel, both fans and readers new to the story can enjoy the enterprising endeavors of these steadfast friends. (Fiction. 11-14)"
After successfully establishing their party-planning venture, (You're Invited, 2015) the four friends behind RSVP feel ready to handle their first wedding.Read full book review >

THE CIRCLE OF LIES by Crystal Velasquez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
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 >
ECHO ECHO by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"In all, though, a visual and interpretive feast bringing timeless tales to a young audience. (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
Poetic portraits of well-known figures from Greek mythology. Read full book review >
PILFER ACADEMY by Lauren Magaziner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A fun fantasy romp. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Hogwarts is a school for wizards. Pilfer Academy is a school for thieves. Read full book review >
JACK & LOUISA by Andrew Keenan-Bolger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Giving this story its lift is its profound and infectious love of musical theater. Budding thespians will applaud. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Things go so badly awry at rehearsals for the Shaker Heights Middle School production of Guys and Dolls that Jack and Louisa, the school's "resident theater nerds" and the stars of the musical, wonder if the show will go up. Read full book review >
OUR MOON by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
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 >
STEPPING OUT by Laura Langston
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An entertaining and intriguing glimpse into stand-up. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Paige cracks jokes to compensate for her club foot, but she has real talent and dreams of a career in comedy. Read full book review >
PASSOVER by Monica Polak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Good supplementary material to increase the holiday's meaning and currency for older children. (glossary, index, references) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An overview of the holiday of Passover is elaborated with personal narratives, the story's connection to the Holocaust, and various Seder customs practiced in several countries around the world. 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 >