Girls Can't Be Knights by Lee French
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 3, 2015

"A clever, feel-good opening to a fantasy series with a tenacious heroine."
The start of a new YA series features a teen orphan and a protective brotherhood of Spirit Knights. Read full book review >
Looking Forward to Christmas by Karen Meyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 30, 2015

"Accessible holiday poetry for the younger set."
It's never too early to get ready for Christmas, according to this brisk collection of devotional verse for children. Read full book review >

Hazelwood Academy by Daniel Bandor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2016

"A derivative take on the magical boarding school novel that offers little entertainment."
In this YA fantasy novel, students attend a magical boarding school where they learn spells, play Mageball, and contend against evil forces. Read full book review >
DRAGONS FROM MARS by Deborah Aronson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A bust. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it (fiery breath and all). Read full book review >
THIS BOOK IS OUT OF CONTROL! by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"It's finally OK for kids to press buttons! This interactive story will empower, educate, and entertain young readers who are on the path to independent reading. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The act of reading a picture book has never gotten so out of control. Read full book review >

NARWHAL by Ben Clanton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Swimmingly delightful and a guaranteed smile-maker. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)"
Undersea adventures have never been so darn cute. Read full book review >
THE MAGICIAN'S KEY by Matthew Cody
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Depth and complexity are added to great effect in this second installment. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Following the events of The Peddler's Road (2015), 12-year-old Max is desperate to return to the Summer Isle where her brother, Carter, is trapped with the children the Pied Piper led away from the town of Hamelin. Read full book review >
HATCHED by Bruce Coville
by Bruce Coville, illustrated by Paul Kidby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Middle-grade readers will be carried along by the buoyancy of the writing, the skillful design, and the humor on almost every page. Egg-ceptionally funny! (Fantasy. 8-11)"
The same team who introduced the Enchanted Realm in Diary of a Mad Brownie (2015; now retitled Cursed) present a second go-round for the delectation of middle-grade fantasy readers. Read full book review >
MYSTERY &  MAYHEM by Crime Club, The
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This appetizing assortment is a nifty invitation to further mystery-reading. (Mystery/short stories. 10-15)"
A selection of 12 original, traditional mysteries loosely organized by minigenre: locked rooms, closed systems, poisonings, and dog stories. Read full book review >
 THE TRAITOR OF BELLTROLL by Lindsay Cummings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Though it lacks depth, the book will connect with its audience.(Fantasy. 8-12)"
Albert, Leroy, Birdie, and newcomer Holt make up Team Hydra, a young group of Balance Keepers that have been called upon to save the planet from destruction. Read full book review >
THE SHADY TREE by Demi
by Demi, illustrated by Demi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An oversimplified tale of greed and generosity. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A poor boy tricks a rich one into selling the shade of his tree. Read full book review >
THE ONLY ROAD by Alexandra Diaz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A deft, harrowing, yet formulaic sketch of a complex subject. (author's note, glossary, further reading, resource list, bibliography) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Terrorized and threatened by a local drug gang, a 12-year-old boy and his 15-year-old cousin flee their Guatemalan village and seek refuge in the United States. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >