MY DARLIN’ CLEMENTINE by Kristiana Gregory
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Highly recommended. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
"Oh, my darlin', oh, my darlin,' oh, my darlin' Clementine, / thou art lost and gone forever—" Gregory uses the familiar folksong as a jumping-off place for a surprisingly original story. Read full book review >
MARKUS AND THE GIRLS by Klaus Hagerup
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"While the foreign titles and authors mentioned will be unfamiliar to most readers, Chace's otherwise seamless translation aptly conveys the typical angst of young teenage boys and leaves readers cheering for Markus and the next girl of his dreams. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In this entertaining Norwegian import and follow-up to Markus and Diana (2006), the short, anxious and potentially obsessive-compulsive Markus Simonsen, 13, finds himself only two months into his first year of junior high and in love for the 15th time. Read full book review >

ESCAPE UNDER THE FOREVER SKY by Eve Yohalem
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"How stalwart Lucy escapes and survives makes this an engrossing journey from innocence to experience. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An American teen living in contemporary Ethiopia relies on raw courage and her knowledge of the local ecology when she's kidnapped in this debut novel based on a real-life event. Read full book review >
ALL THE BROKEN PIECES by Ann E.  Burg
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"A memorable debut. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Matt Pin's story, told in first-person verse, opens with the evacuation of refugees near the end of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
DYING TO MEET YOU by Kate Klise
Released: April 1, 2009

"A quirky, comedic romp. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Plenty of fun lurks in this ghost-story comedy when a dried-up, unsociable writer, I.B. Grumply, rents an old house already occupied by Seymour Hope, an abandoned boy, and his best friend, Olive, an active and bossy lady ghost. Read full book review >

A MIGHTY WALL by John Foley
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"A glossary would have been helpful for readers unfamiliar with climbing jargon. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Jordan, a 17-year-old lover of rock climbing, becomes a pariah at his high school and the target of bullies when he is blamed for the accidental death of A.J., a star football player and Jordan's friend, in a climbing accident. Read full book review >
IS IT STILL CHEATING IF I DON’T GET CAUGHT?  by Bruce Weinstein
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"This appealing guide speaks to the ethical dilemmas that all young people experience in their daily lives, and it should prompt considerable conversation and reflection. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Weinstein, a professional ethicist who writes a syndicated column as The Ethics Guy®, offers an accessible guide to living an ethical life and sound, practical advice for applying ethical principles in a variety of scenarios. Read full book review >
ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL by Nora Raleigh Baskin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 24, 2009

"This is me,' as one of his characters says. (Fiction. 10-14)"
People say 12-year-old Jason Blake is weird. Read full book review >
SUPER STOCK ROOKIE by Will Weaver
FICTION
Released: March 19, 2009

"Racing action, sharp dialogue and solid characterization make this a good bet for young sports fans dreaming of the cars in their futures. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Success sometimes brings its own challenges, as Trace Bonham finds out when he wins the Super Stock tryouts at Rivers Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., picks up a corporate sponsor and becomes a well-paid Super Stock driver. Read full book review >
FURRY FRIENDS by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: March 11, 2009

"The differences are subtle, but interesting to explore—expressions, colors and number of features change, creating many avenues for conversation between grown-up and toddler as well as providing basic animal-identification opportunities. (18-36 mos.)"
An oversized book distinguished by SAMi's trademark clean design and use of die-cuts encourages toddlers to examine small differences in facial features and expressions. Read full book review >
THE RULE OF CLAW by John Brindley
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"This and the sequel, The City of Screams, out shortly, will fit best in large, well-used adventure collections. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Fifteen-year-old Ash and her tribe of teens have lived in the relative safety of the ASP beach camp for eight years; each was dropped off by an adult who then vanished. Read full book review >
BILL PENNANT, BABE RUTH, AND ME by Timothy Tocher
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"A pennant winner. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
1920 is Babe Ruth's first year with the Yankees, who are sharing the Polo Grounds with John McGraw's Giants. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >