PRISON BOY by Sharon E. McKay
Released: March 15, 2015

"Another gut-wrenching tale from McKay (War Brothers, 2014, etc.) focusing on children victimized by war and poverty. (Fiction. 12-14)"
What chances have abandoned children to survive the hazards of life on the mean streets of an unnamed developing country riven by civil war? Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 2015

"Francie may not be a real detective, but she is so confident that there's never really any doubt of her eventual success, making her good company but perhaps not riveting reading for hard-core mystery fans. (Mystery. 11-16)"
Preus, author of the Newbery Honor-winning Heart of a Samurai (2010), is known for her engrossing historical fiction. Now she changes pace and offers a mystery set in the present.Read full book review >

WHERE I BELONG by Tara White
Released: March 15, 2015

"Though stories of contemporary Indian youth are badly needed, this one fails to engage. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A Mohawk girl adopted into a white family gets in touch with her heritage against the backdrop of the 1990 Oka crisis in Quebec. Read full book review >
Released: March 12, 2015

"Magic exposes the extent of vicious school bullying in this arresting middle school mystery. (Magical realism. 10-14)"
A 13-year-old who sees memories tackles the mystery of a missing girl. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 2015

"Though Andraka's test and other inventions remain years away from real-world use, his evident delight in science and his rocky adolescence furnish plenty of role-model material—and not just for STEM savants. (Memoir. 11-15)"
Meet the gay geeky high school genius who won top prize at the world's most prestigious science fair with a revolutionary test for early signs of pancreatic cancer. Read full book review >

TAGGED by Diane C. Mullen
Released: March 10, 2015

"A solid, interesting novel. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A 14-year-old graffiti artist spends a summer away from his inner-city home. Read full book review >
BREAKING SKY by Cori McCarthy
Released: March 10, 2015

"Smart, exciting, confident—and quite possibly the next Big Thing. (Dystopian thriller. 12-16)"
Teen pilots fight for the cause in a dystopian future. Read full book review >
BURNING KINGDOMS by Lauren DeStefano
Released: March 10, 2015

"Committed fans will find the story only just intriguing enough to continue. (Dystopian adventure. 12-18)"
This sequel to the innovative Perfect Ruin (2013) brings the series down to the ground, literally.Read full book review >
IN A SPLIT SECOND by Sophie McKenzie
Released: March 10, 2015

"Lucky U.K. readers get cliffhangers and toothsome prose, but at least Americans still get the thrills of the shooting practice and bombing plots. (Thriller. 13-15)"
In a very near future, two teenagers in a scarcely functional London are caught up in terrorist plots. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 2015

"Mushy but satisfying. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Learning, loving and surviving with cancer. Read full book review >
LITTLE PEACH by Peggy Kern
Released: March 10, 2015

"Despite clear good intentions, the book's focus on victimization is ultimately distancing, creating a likable-but-alienating protagonist. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A 14-year-old flees a terrible home situation only to land in child prostitution. Read full book review >
SILENT ALARM by Jennifer Banash
Released: March 10, 2015

"Overall, a moving, insightful treatment of a difficult and timely topic. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Unassuming violinist Alys finds her life tragically altered when her older brother Luke kills 15 people, including himself, in a school shooting. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >