TIGER'S VOYAGE by Colleen Houck
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Hankies, cold showers and possibly a neck brace for all the emotional whiplash are recommended. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Hunky Indian were-tiger-sibling rivals continue to claw at the heart of their American lady love in this quest quartet's penultimate doorstopper. Read full book review >
DON'T BREATHE A WORD by Holly Cupala
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Cupala knows her venue inside out and renders this harsh but lively world of hygienically challenged Dumpster divers with a lot of heart. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Two separate threads come together in this offering from the author of Tell Me a Secret (2010): a grim but compelling take on an abusive relationship and a coming-of-age love story. While they don't entirely mesh, the author's considerable narrative gifts keep readers engaged throughout. Read full book review >

THE PRINCESS OF BORSCHT by Leda Schubert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Appetizing and heartwarming. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Too many cooks can make wonderful borscht. Read full book review >
WHEREVER YOU GO by Heather Davis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"Poignant and eventually quite moving. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
This ghost story gently delivers growing emotional power as it explores the thoughts of three teens, including the ghost. Read full book review >
A DAY IN THE OFFICE OF DOCTOR BUGSPIT by Elise Gravel
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Real visits to the doctor are rarely so hilarious. (Graphic picture book. 5-8)"
Expect delighted choruses of "Eeewww, gross!" at every turn from newer readers taking this tour of an outer-space clinic. Read full book review >

FLYAWAY by Lucy Christopher
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Emotionally affecting and remarkably convincing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When newly constructed power lines ruin the annual return of the whooping swans Isla and her father rise early to witness, the death of several of the wild creatures and her father's sudden and severe illness both confound Isla and emphasize her loneliness. Read full book review >
UNDER THE MESQUITE by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A promising, deeply felt debut. (Spanish glossary) (Verse fiction. 12 & up)"
A resilient Mexican-American girl copes with familial obligation and loss in this free-verse novel. Read full book review >
MOUSE & LION by Rand  Burkert
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A favorite ancient fable beautifully presented in the tradition of the finest picture books, this does not replace Jerry Pinkney's transcendent, Caldecott-winning The Lion & the Mouse but proudly takes its place beside it. (Picture book. 3 & up)"
A wee African grass mouse "receives top billing" (according to a concluding note) in this visually stunning retelling of Aesop's fable set amid the Aha Hills of Africa. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Thinly clad in the guise of a novel, this self-help book for kids with epilepsy offers a positive message but is unremarkable literarily. (Self-help fiction. 9-14)"
A teen with epilepsy has fantastic basketball skills, honed by years of relentless practice, but still struggles frequently with his condition. Read full book review >
MY MESSY BODY by Liza Fromer
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"While it provides accurate information on topics that should appeal to curious school-age readers, this work's reliance on the limited shock value of colloquial terminology seems inappropriate for the intended audience. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
An unusual anatomy book combines familiar children's terms for bodily functions—pee, poop, snot, etc.—with accurate, relatively simple explanations of their roles. Read full book review >
EDDIE SHAPES UP by Ed Koch
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 8, 2011

"Larded with earnest purpose but unconvincing and far from likely to be the first call for attention to America's weight problem that children or parents will encounter. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With a message-driven tale of a plump lad who turns over a new leaf, an ex-mayor of New York and his sister clobber readers with the Board of Education. Read full book review >
THE BOY WITH PINK HAIR by Perez Hilton
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Cheery-looking and well-intentioned, but missing a crucial kid sensibility. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There aren't any direct references to boys liking boys or girls liking girls in this story about open-mindedness; it simply calls for tolerance for those who may be thought of as "different," such as this boy, who in addition to his startling looks also likes to cook. 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 >