MY LIFE BEFORE ME by Norah McClintock
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"This entry in the Secrets series embeds a tragic past within an engrossing mystery—masterfully. (Historical mystery. 11-18) "
In the summer of 1964, 16-year-old Cady Andrews is unexpectedly sent out into the world from the Canadian orphanage where she grew up, determined to become a reporter. Read full book review >
A BIG DOSE OF LUCKY by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A fresh coming-of-age tale with an unconventional twist. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Malou always wondered who her parents were and how she came to be the only colored girl at the small-town orphanage. Read full book review >

THE UNQUIET PAST by Kelley Armstrong
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A compelling mystery unevenly executed. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
An orphan with visons seeks her past in a Gothic 1964 Quebec. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S SPYMASTER by Samantha Seiple
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"The absorbing subject matter will carry readers past design hiccups. (source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A Scottish immigrant who came to America on the run from the law established the agency that stopped an early plot against Abraham Lincoln and became the best known detective of his era. Read full book review >
FACELESS by Alyssa Sheinmel
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A problem novel, yes, but an absorbing one. (Fiction. 12-18) "
When a pretty, athletic girl loses her face in a fire, she gets a face transplant and struggles with the permanent changes in her life. Read full book review >

UNTWINE by Edwidge Danticat
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An honest, endearing exploration of family, grief, and perseverance. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Tragedy strikes twin sisters Giselle and Isabelle, and their world is changed forever. Read full book review >
SANCTUARY by Jennifer McKissack
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Although tonally reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, it lacks the deft plotting, character development, and narrative fluency of that earlier classic. (Gothic romance. 14-18)"
The ghostly pull of the past is inescapable for a Depression-era teenage girl drawn back to her remote island home off the coast of Maine. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Like the work of Diane Arbus, whose photographs play a central role here: bleak yet life-affirming. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A young street photographer with burn scars on his face is terrorized by brutal, manipulative bullies. Read full book review >
VERY IN PIECES by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A predictable but solid coming-of-age story. (Fiction. 12-16)"
With her grandmother's health rapidly failing, high school senior Very (short for Veronica) feels responsible for holding together the rest of her family. Read full book review >
KID OWNER by Tim Green
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A wish-fulfillment fantasy pleasingly complicated by real emotional journeys. (Fiction. 8-14)"
An undersized middle school football player inherits an NFL team. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A tough read, this story of tragedy, magic, and sisterhood does proffer some rewards for readers who stick with it. (Magical realism. 10-14)"
Four sisters escape a difficult home life by spending more and more time in their magical closets. Read full book review >
ZEROES by Scott Westerfeld
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"In this series opener by three acclaimed authors, intriguing protagonists and cinematic powers will surely please adventure fans who don't mind an ensemble developed at the expense of the individual. (Science fiction. 13-15)"
A sextet of mutant superhero teenagers just want to be safe in this weighty tome. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Elin Hilderbrand
October 13, 2015

In Winter Stroll, a sequel to last year's holiday novel Winter Street, Elin Hilderbrand improves on the first by delving deeper into the emotional lives of the Quinn clan. Christmas on Nantucket finds Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn and his family busily preparing for the holiday season. Though the year has brought tragedy, the Quinns have much to celebrate: Kelley has reunited with his first wife Margaret, Kevin and Isabelle have a new baby; and Ava is finally dating a nice guy. But when Kelley's estranged wife Mitzi shows up on the island, along with Kevin's devious ex-wife Norah and a dangerously irresistible old fling of Ava's, the Inn is suddenly overrun with romantic feuds, not to mention guests. “Although some of the Quinns' problems are resolved, many are not, happily promising a third installment next year,” our reviewer writes. View video >