THE ALARMING CAREER OF SIR RICHARD BLACKSTONE by Lisa Doan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A (mostly) good beastly adventure. (Historical science fiction. 8-12)"
Adventure abounds when a pale and grubby London street urchin escapes the city to work for an eccentric scientist. Read full book review >
LEGENDS' LAIR by Joe O'Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A joyful approach to sports—'Yiz are playing a stormer out there'—and a salute to the importance of understanding history. (Fiction. 10-14)"
O'Brien conjures an old Irish soccer pitch as the setting to settle an old, sentimental feud. Read full book review >

RISE OF FIRE by Sophie Jordan
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Skip it. (Fantasy. 12-13)"
A fantasy conclusion brings romance and intrigue. Read full book review >
THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET by Stephanie Morrill
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A mostly well-crafted historical whodunit. (Historical mystery. 12-16)"
A debutante eschews convention to investigate the suspicious disappearance of her best friend. Read full book review >
ABOVE by Jason Chabot
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Unusual and largely engaging. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
In this sequel to Below (2016), 16-year-old Elia longs to return to her home in the clouds, but she is stuck trying to survive in a harsh world where her dark skin and strange eyes mark her as an outsider. Read full book review >

SIMON THORN AND THE VIPER'S PIT by Aimée Carter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fan-pleasing sequel that will have readers anticipating the next installment. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Simon Thorn and his friends return to face new challenges at school and in the Animalgam world. Read full book review >
SPURT by Chris Miles
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A story about losing yourself in the quest to belong that gets lost in its own telling. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Fourteen-year-old Jack Sprigley is different from the rest of his eighth-grade class in one very embarrassing way: he hasn't hit puberty. Read full book review >
BONE JACK by Sara Crowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A lovely, eerie adventure that balances the ancient magic with its protagonist's very real character growth. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a grim season, one rural tradition seems less like a boys' romp and more like a gateway for the old powers. Read full book review >
THE CASTLE IN THE MIST by Amy Ephron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sequel is suggested; beguiled readers will hope it happens. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Although contemporary in setting, adult author Ephron's (Loose Diamonds, 2011, etc.) first children's book is a paean to classical English children's books of yore. Read full book review >
THE MESMERIST by Ronald L. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A gripping tale enhanced by a convincingly detailed setting and drawing on classic fantasy memes. (Fantasy/horror. 10-12)"
Jess and her widowed mother eke out a genteel living in Victorian England as spiritualists, claiming to communicate with the dead; when a cryptic message replaces the fake they've prepared for a grieving client, her mother—terrified—insists they flee to London. Read full book review >
DRAGON CAPTIVES by Lisa McMann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An unfortunate revival. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old twins Thisbe and Fifer's magical abilities are far greater than their brother Alex's. But in the 10 years since the great battle that cost him the use of his arm, Alex, leader of Artimé, has become fearful and overprotective. Read full book review >
BLUEBERRY PANCAKES FOREVER by Angelica Banks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Richly complex and nourishing. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The third book in the Finding Serendipity series finds Tuesday McGillycuddy back in the fictional world of Vivienne Small, but this time Tuesday's adversary is a jealous character of her mother's own imagination. 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 >