By the catalog: Abrams Kids, 2016.

While I'm at it, here's ANOTHER storify: me live-tweeting the 2016 offerings from Abrams Kids:

Recently, at Kirkus Reviews...

Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Behold the Bones by Natalie C. Parker

Behold the Bones by Natalie C. Parker

...I've written about Natalie C. Parker's Beware the Wild and Behold the Bones:

It plays with classic horror tropes as well as elements from fairy tales—the danger and wild in nature, the power of belief, the importance of origin—but it’s also very much a story about siblings and family. It deals with domestic abuse—the long-term fallout and how hard it can be to break the cycle—and it explores the lines between love and obsession, the instinct to protect and the desire to control.

American Ace, by Marilyn Nelson

American Ace, by Marilyn Nelson

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

...as well as a little about Marilyn Nelson's American Ace, as well as a list of books it inspired me to pick up:

 It deals with family and culture and race; with the relationships between fathers and sons, between extended family and immediate. Ultimately, it’s less about the mystery itself, and more about how a shift in a person’s understanding of his own identity can affect how he sees the world and his place in it. It’s about discovering history in terms of the macro and the micro—about seeing the larger patterns of history and about how individual people fit into that pattern, about the Tuskegee Airmen as a group and about the individuals who made up the whole.

...and finally, I put together a list of the books I went ahead and bought MYSELF for Valentine's Day:

Last year, I wrote about my decision to give myself a Valentine: pre-ordering a whole slew of upcoming romances. I enjoyed myself so entirely—for months, books just APPEARED in my mailbox, it was like MAGIC—that I’ve decided to make it a personal tradition. But I’ve also decided to give it a tweak: rather than ordering purely upcoming books, I’m going to buy some backlist titles, too!

Yesterday at Kirkus Reviews...

Peas and Carrots, by Tanita S. Davis

Peas and Carrots, by Tanita S. Davis

The Girl from Everywhere, by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere, by Heidi Heilig

...I rounded up a whole bunch of YA books due out this month. BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I NEED MORE BOOKS TO READ.

Today at Kirkus Reviews...

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

...I wrote about Meg Medina's Burn Baby Burn and HOW FANTASTIC IT IS:

Medina weaves in details about the time—the movie Carrie prompted the “little knives” conversation—as well as specific events and slang and ’70s culture and descriptions of clothing and so on in a way that is so entirely organic that I felt like I was watching a movie that had actually been filmed in the ’70s. (I say “watching a movie” because I didn’t even notice myself turning the pages—I was that engrossed.)

SO GOOD SO GOOD SO GOOD!

*falls over from the excellence*

Today at Kirkus Reviews...

The Girl from Everywhere, by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere, by Heidi Heilig

...I talk about Heidi Heilig's upcoming The Girl from Everywhere:

The worldbuilding incorporates both history and myth, and Heilig’s descriptions of Hawaii—most of the story takes place in Hawaii toward the end of the monarchy—are colorful and lush and vivid and loving. It’s a fast-paced adventure with plenty of action, but it also deals with empire and colonialism, with class and racism—personally, as experienced by Nix, whose mother was Chinese, and other members of Slate’s very diverse crew, as well as part of the larger picture—and with guilt and grief and addiction.