LISTEN TO THE MOON by Michael Morpurgo
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A poignant and life-affirming story from a master. (author's notes) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
War invades a peaceful English fishing community. Read full book review >
FROSTED KISSES by Heather Hepler
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A mean-girl story with a big heart and soul. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Penny, from The Cupcake Queen (2009), endures barbs thrown by her bullying nemesis, Charity, but further trouble emerges when a new exchange student seems bent on stealing Penny's boyfriend.Read full book review >

THE WINTER PLACE by Alexander Yates
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A thoroughly original tale with plenty of appeal for older middle-graders through teens. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
Reeling from their widowed father's sudden death, Tess and Axel are whisked from rural Baldwin, New York, to Helsinki by Jaana, the stern Finnish grandmother they've just met, to live in their grandparents' tiny condo—a prospect dismaying to all, including the children's long-dead mother, who has her own agenda. Read full book review >
FLASHES by Tim O'Rourke
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A simple but suspenseful and entertaining mystery for readers who can't get enough. (Paranormal mystery. 12-18)"
An English girl sees "flashes" of murders from victims' eyes but can't get anyone to believe her in this detective mystery. Read full book review >
CITY OF HALVES by Lucy Inglis
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A clumsy combo, with exciting premise weighed down by passive destiny, stale stereotypes, and ugly tropes. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A tech whiz is prophesied to save modern London from the combined forces of corrupt government and magical Chaos. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"As it turns out, what's really underneath everything just isn't all that compelling. (Fiction. 13-17)"
After dropping off the social grid for a year and a half, Mattie decides to attend a party that will change the course of her senior year in ways she never could have imagined. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT WATCHMAN by Jérémie Fischer
Released: Oct. 25, 2015

"Readers may have trouble swallowing, much less digesting, the tale's more rococo elements, but both the tone and the distinctive art play up its melodrama. (Graphic fantasy. 12-17)"
A mysterious rash of broken clocks signals the (literal) rise of old horrors in this sly French import. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 2015

"Funny and clever, but most likely to only satisfy fans who have been with the gang since the beginning. (Graphic mystery/sci-fi. 12-16)"
A group of students at a British school all become friends with a strange new boy who eats onions; one student suspects something odd's afoot and must discover the truth before it's too late. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Savvy readers and would-be writers will love this exploration of story as an art form, a panacea, and an endless part of life. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A boy whose life is turned upside down by paternal scandal finds solace with an imaginary creature who preaches the power and value of storytelling. Read full book review >
BETTING GAME by Heather M. O'Connor
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Hard-hitting (if a little heavily reliant on suspension of belief) and as memorable as a prison tour for young men who think crime is a sport and a joke. (Sports fiction. 10-16)"
O'Connor tackles a tough one: a high school soccer star caught in a web of gambling. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Better as a mystery than a coming-of-age tale but not even fully successful as that. (Paranormal mystery. 15-18)"
A psychic 17-year-old learns to talk to the living, while an adult detective catches a serial killer in this sequel to Dead Connection (2006).Read full book review >
LOSERS TAKE ALL by David Klass
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A victory, if of the minor sort. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When a football coach-turned-principal enforces a new policy requiring every senior to join an athletic team, a group of self-professed geeks, oddballs, and other nonathletes creates a team that challenges the high school's long-standing sports culture. 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 >