BLACKHEARTS by Nicole Castroman
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Little history, large romance. (Historical romance. 12-18)"
In 1697 Bristol, England, the daughter of a wealthy merchant and his West Indian slave falls in love with the man who will become Blackbeard. Read full book review >
THE MAGE OF TRELIAN by Michelle Knudsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A solid, satisfying genre performance; it may not invent any new tricks, but it executes each component in a grand fashion. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
An exemplary middle-grade fantasy trilogy concludes with a blast. Lots of blasts. Read full book review >

LITTLE WHITE LIES by Brianna Baker
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"As the kids say nowadays, that's not OK. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Is co-opting a persona or a culture that's not one's own ever OK—even when given permission to do so? Read full book review >
PEAS AND CARROTS by Tanita S.  Davis
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A worthy read for teens looking to expand their worldviews. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Unwillingly brought together, two girls rely on snap judgements to guide their encounters with each other, and as a result, tempers flare. Read full book review >
GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"This too-long heroine's journey requires that the next volume provide sufficient fireworks to keep readers invested in the planned four-book series. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Reborn as the infamous "lightning girl," Mare struggles to build an army of newbloods to face the murderous new king. Read full book review >

WHERE FUTURES END by Parker Peevyhouse
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Strange and compelling, this won't be for every reader; the ones who love it will feel transported to another place. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Five novellas weave together a possible future of a decaying world where everyone wants to find their way to the Other Place. Read full book review >
BLEEDING EARTH by Kaitlin Ward
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Grisly and sickening (but in the best way possible), the novel more than delivers on its promise of the macabre for lovers of horror, and curious readers will close the book with countless questions about religion, science, and human nature. (Horror. 13 & up)"
"Bones Found to Be of Human Origin, Blood Beginning to Fester." In the spirit of M.T. Anderson's Thirsty (1997), Ward's apocalyptic novel will have readers checking the ground beneath their feet after each turn of the page. Read full book review >
RED INK by Julie Mayhew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A taut portrayal of grief, pain, and the ties that bind families, to be read with a careful, critical eye. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
In her debut novel, Mayhew deftly explores the ways the sudden death of 15-year-old Melon's mother affects their family's oral history. Read full book review >
REIGN OF SHADOWS by Sophie Jordan
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"All the standard tropes and clichés, only ever-so-much more so. (Dystopian fantasy. 14-18)"
Star-crossed romance smolders in a sunless fairy-tale kingdom of ugliness, horror, and grisly violence. Read full book review >
THE VAMPIRE BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB by Rusty Fischer
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Here's hoping the profoundly unkind depiction of vamplit fans (Nora's 'vannabe' readers are bedecked in 'outdated frills' and give themselves names like Countess Cruella) won't insult the very readers who might enjoy the gory vamp silliness. (Horror. 13-17)"
A 17-year-old author of vampire pulp finds herself starring in real-life vampire pulp. Read full book review >
PLAYING FOR THE DEVIL'S FIRE by Phillippe Diederich
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Childhood at its most hopeful and heartbreaking; readers seeking lighthearted, sanitized fare should turn away. (glossary) (Fiction. 12-15)"
In photojournalist Diederich's harrowing debut novel, 13-year-old Liberio "Boli" Flores endures the effects of narcoviolence sweeping Mexico. Read full book review >
THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"Personal and cultural complexities distinguish this fresh and fascinating look at a lawless future. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
The world's geopolitical balance rests on a genetically modified sea monster and his 17 1/2-year-old trainer. Can she resist the adrenaline rush of a pirate's life to keep the world aright? 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 >