THREE GOOD THINGS by Lois Peterson
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An effective, quick, and involving story. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl struggles to care for her mentally ill mother as they wander from town to town. Read full book review >
SLEIGHT OF HAND by Natasha Deen
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A brief but powerful look at a teen in trouble. (Fiction. 10-18)"
Javvan, an immigrant to Canada from India, only wanted to impress a girl, but her brother gets him arrested for stealing a car. Read full book review >

THE AFTER-ROOM by Maile Meloy
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"This series finale wraps up most of its loose ends in a satisfying bow, leaving just enough room for imaginative middle-grade readers and teens to conjure up their own futures for Janie and Benjamin. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Orpheus and Eurydice as incipient Cold War spies. Read full book review >
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN by Renee Collins
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Suspenseful, poignant, and romantic: well worth the read. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Mystery, romance, time travel, and danger…this one has it all. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The inventiveness of the many worlds Marguerite traverses should keep fans happy. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
The parallel-universe sci-fi/romance story begun with A Thousand Pieces of You (2014) continues.Read full book review >

FAST BREAK by Mike Lupica
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Nothing groundbreaking here, but Lupica delivers solid sports action and character growth. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Jayson, a tough kid from the poor part of Moreland, North Carolina, is sent across town to live with foster parents, where he'll play basketball for a rival team. Read full book review >
CAPTIVE by A.J. Grainger
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"What better forbidden romance than with a man who chloroforms a girl and zip-ties her to a bed? (Thriller. 12-14)"
The 16-year-old daughter of the U.K.'s prime minister is kidnapped by terrorists. Read full book review >
SONDHEIM by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Musical-theater lovers, whether front-of-curtain, backstage, or audience, will revel in this journey in which 'Every moment makes a contribution / Every little detail plays a part.' (list of shows, film scores, bibliography, videography, discography, source notes) (Biography. 12-18)"
With a deft hand and unbridled admiration for her subject, Rubin presents the career of a musical theater giant. Read full book review >
TRAFFICK by Ellen Hopkins
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Less startling than its predecessor; a hopeful aftermath tale for readers already attached to these characters. (Verse fiction. 14-18)"
Five white teens move on with their lives after doing sex work in Las Vegas. Read full book review >
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT by Mike Winchell
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A fine collection and a boon to writing teachers everywhere. (Anthology. 10-16)"
Twenty writers share how they drew upon personal experiences to write short fiction. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE BRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A thoughtful exploration of grief and life. (Fiction. 16-18)"
After the death of her mother, Georgia tries to really live while figuring out what that means. Read full book review >
HOTEL RUBY by Suzanne Young
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"While fans of supernatural-romance may want to give this The Shining-meets-The Great Gatsby book a try, readers looking for a less-transparent plot and a more-complicated mystery would do better to look elsewhere. (Horror. 14-18)"
Audrey knows her father is grief-stricken over the death of her mother, but abandoning her and her brother at the home of a grandmother they hardly know is almost unforgivable. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >