THE SWORD OF SUMMER by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A fast-paced, eventful, and largely successful pivot. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
First there were the Greek gods, then the Egyptian gods, then the Roman gods—now Riordan takes on the Norse gods. Read full book review >
CITY OF THIRST by Carrie Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A fiery climax and a hard choice set Marrill on course for further adventures on the Pirate Stream. Avast! (Fantasy. 10-13)"
On a second voyage upon the ocean of chaos that spans time and space, Marigold "Marrill" Aesterwest faces evil wizards and a mad king—not to mention friendly, giant bugs and snails, a sideways island, and a worlds-destroying Iron Tide. Read full book review >

HOW TO BUILD A CAR by Saskia Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Young makers will find the Scrap Pack's enthusiasm infectious, but even as broad overviews, these offer at best incomplete pictures. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A mouse, a bird, and a junkyard frog assemble a car from the ground up—cluing in readers who may be a bit vague on what's beneath all those hoods…or at least what used to be. Read full book review >
A MYSTERIOUS EGG by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Adventures in dinosaur husbandry—a bit bland but palatable fare for younger independent readers. (glossary) (Science fantasy. 7-9)"
In this series kickoff for dinophiles (and who isn't one?), a Wyoming dig yields an egg that's not exactly fossilized. Read full book review >
THE LAST BOGLER by Catherine Jinks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Better in its parts than its whole—but even second-drawer Jinks tops the general run. (map, glossary of slang) (Historical fantasy. 10-13)"
Weary "Go-Devil Man" Alfred Bunce and his uncertain apprentice, Ned, face a seemingly overwhelming plague of child-eating bogles in this busy trilogy closer. Read full book review >

THE STOLEN CHAPTERS by James Riley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Likely to leave more than a few punctures in even the most levelheaded reader's sense of reality. (Metafictional fantasy. 10-13)"
A fictional character's megalomaniacal scheme to insert himself into every novel ever written precipitates a merry chase through meta-realms in this brain-cracking sequel. Read full book review >
DEAD POSSUMS ARE FAIR GAME by Taryn Souders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Diverting and frequently funny. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A opossum in rigor mortis "catches" a dodgeball and inspires a fifth-grade math project. Read full book review >
PLAYING JULIET by Joanne Stewart Wetzel
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An earnest and creditable effort that will resonate with thespians both young and old. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When you are a (nearly) teenage aspiring actress, sometimes it feels like "all the world's a stage," but Beth Sondquist's favorite stage is about to be repossessed. Read full book review >
THE CARE & KEEPING OF US by Cara Natterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"For a preteen who enjoys writing her thoughts and a mom whose relationship with her daughter is already good, this well-meant offering might help ease the pair through a difficult time. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A "How-to-Say-It" package about preteen physical, emotional, and social concerns for mothers and their daughters. Read full book review >
FREEDOM FLIGHT by Patrick Jones
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Although little recent fiction deals with children of damaged veterans, there are numerous outstanding works about addicted parents that would resonate more with readers than this weak title. (Fiction. 11-16)"
High school sophomore Paige's mother, a captain in the military, has just come home from Afghanistan, seemingly a welcome event. Read full book review >
THE ENCHANTED EGG by Kallie George
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Graduates of sparkly chapter-book series will be right at home and looking for the next installment posthaste. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Clover must take care of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency when Mr. Jams leaves her alone again.Read full book review >
MY DIARY FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Jodi Lynn Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An endearing narrator, a beguiling world that accommodates both mermaids and Pixy Stix, and a genuinely moving family story propel this adventure for readers who don't look too hard at the details. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
In her diary, Gracie Lockwood records her family's flight for the fabled Extraordinary World, where magic doesn't exist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >