Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This fast-paced story will likely compel its readers to learn more about North Korea after finishing it. (Memoir. 12-18)"
A pampered son of the elite survives a nightmarish ordeal in this page-turner of a memoir. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A compelling, unusual coming-of-age story. (Fiction. 12-18)"
After a tragic event changes the course of her life, Cara discovers a new version of herself. Read full book review >

NICKEL by Robert Wilder
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A witty, angst-filled drama that succeeds in spite of its flaws. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Ninth-grader Coy doesn't feel comfortable in his own skin. Read full book review >
WAR DOGS by Rebecca Frankel
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"Although fascinating, this lengthy effort seems nearly interchangeable with the adult version. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Military service dogs perform a variety of roles, but those trained to sniff out IEDs are the primary focus of this effort. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A superhero tale that never quite takes flight. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
In the 22nd century, the population includes meta-humans, those whose dormant superhuman powers were activated by the solar flares that also sparked World War III. Read full book review >

THE RULES OF EVER AFTER by Killian B.  Brewer
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"While the overarching message—'Your happiness shouldn't deny another's happiness. Don't ever try to deny a person their happily ever after'—is commendable, the novel lacks heft. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A young white man who doesn't want to play by society's rules finds his bliss in this frothy alternative fairy tale. Read full book review >
SKYBORN by Lou Anders
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A throneworthy consort in a series forged in fantasy. (maps, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Friends are the family you choose, and family is the enemy you combat in an oppressive empire ripe for rebellion. Read full book review >
THE ONES by Daniel Sweren-Becker
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The interesting concept is utterly foiled by pedestrian writing. (Dystopian thriller. 14-18)"
In a near-future America, intolerance against genetically engineered citizens takes a violent turn. Read full book review >
HOW TO MAKE OUT by Brianna R. Shrum
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An unlikable character in a predictable romantic predicament makes for a miss. (Fiction. 14-18)"
To make money, Renley will discover who she truly is. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While the book's not a total miss, better mystery and better representation can be found elsewhere. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In her fifth novel, Shaw tackles friendship, trust, and difference. Read full book review >
DANCING IN THE RAIN by Shelley Hrdlitschka
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Explores the realistic truth that not all relationships can be mended while also offering healing and hope. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Grieving her adoptive mother's death, Brenna begins learning more about her biological family, including her birth mother, Kia—whose pregnancy was detailed in Dancing Naked (2002). Read full book review >
GUTLESS by Carl Deuker
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The sports may hook readers, but the bullying will land them. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Adding layers of complexity to the interactions of athletes, this sports novel set in Seattle offers a twofer: football and soccer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >