Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A sweet, sexy, honest teen romance that just happens to involve two girls—all the more charming for being so very ordinary. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An evangelical lesbian in a small Southern town stumbles on the road to true love—but not for the expected reasons. Read full book review >
PATHS & PORTALS by Gene Luen Yang
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Between the creativity-encouraging coding lessons and the character-driven plotlines, this sequel charms from PenDown to PenUp. (Graphic fiction. 8-14)"
Following Secret Coders (2015), Hopper, Josh, and Eni unlock more of Stately Academy's secrets—but they learn they aren't the only ones doing so. Read full book review >

LION ISLAND by Margarita Engle
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A fierce portrait of a young man's discovery of power through words. (historical background, historical note, references, further reading) (Historical verse/fiction. 11-16)"
This verse novel presents a fictionalized account of a real historical figure who used the power of words to help end forced labor in 19th-century Cuba. Read full book review >
DON'T YOU TRUST ME? by Patrice Kindl
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A chilling reminder that sociopaths aren't always coldblooded serial killers; sometimes they're the girl next door. (Thriller. 13-18)"
Fifteen-year-old "white-bread-white" Morgan is one of the "cold people": she lacks a conscience; love and fear don't apply to her; she's indestructible; and she never does anything for anyone unless there's something in it for her. Read full book review >
POPPY by Mary Hooper
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This mildly interesting peek into a historical setting reads like an elderly person's memoir. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
This British import gives readers a look at one of the ways women served in World War I. Read full book review >

LAST DESCENDANTS by Matthew J. Kirby
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Readers will be anxious for the second installment, soon to follow. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
The debut of an action-adventure series that ties in with the popular "Assassin's Creed" video games. Read full book review >
STING by Jude Watson
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Thrilling and exciting; the perfect choice for a quick read. (Thriller. 10-16)"
Can four teens successfully steal three sapphires and then elude a determined FBI agent, a nasty international crime syndicate, and worse yet, the rare, supposedly caring adults in their lives? Read full book review >
RUNNING GIRL by Simon Mason
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Paced like a television police procedural, with flashes of epiphany, false leads, and race-against-time dangers, this satisfying whodunit overcomes its characterization shortcomings. (Mystery. 13-15)"
Sherlock Holmes, if Holmes were a biracial, at-risk, 16-year-old slacker—a genius stoner who consorts with burglars and homeless dropouts. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Poignant and powerful. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Jacob's near-death experience fails to live up to his Christian beliefs, he is desperate to find out the truth. The person he turns to in his fear and doubt shocks even him. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Inflated histrionics that are about as appealing as the navel-gazing that punctuates them. (Romance. 14-18)"
Major melodrama ensues when Willa returns to her childhood home after an absence of six years to live with her nonna, cook and housekeeper for the wealthy Lawtons, and reconnects with childhood friends. Read full book review >
100 DAYS by Nicole McInnes
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A tender, often funny tale, this story's heartbreaking ending packs no less of a punch even though readers are prepared for it. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Three misfits whose friendship fell apart in the sixth grade rediscover their bond in high school. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A diverting caper comedy. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Cam Smith has only one wish: to escape his criminal family. He has managed to get himself into the prestigious Wheaton Preparatory Academy and plans to go to Princeton when his family shows up to ruin everything. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >