THE WAY WE BARED OUR SOULS by Willa Strayhorn
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"The ultimate lesson—of having empathy for oneself as well as for others whose wounds may be invisible—is well-taken though sadly heavy-handed. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Five New Mexico teens undergo a soul-cleansing ritual, with varied results. Read full book review >
TUNNEL VISION by Susan Adrian
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Danger, intrigue, a dash of romance, and a good, hard look at ethical dilemmas—a pretty complete package. (Paranormal thriller. 15-18)"
What happens when your special talent is especially dangerous? Read full book review >

ALEX AS WELL by Alyssa Brugman
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Alex is a winning character, but the glimpses into her mother's twisted point of view are both unsettling and unnecessary. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Against her narcissistic parents' wishes, a teen with an intersex condition decides to start living as a girl. Read full book review >
FIGHT FOR POWER by Eric Walters
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Although less action-packed than its predecessor, the philosophical questions and killer ending will prime readers for the next book. (Adventure. 12-17)"
The struggle for survival in a world suddenly bereft of technology continues immediately from where The Rule of Three (2014) left off.Read full book review >
THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY by Shaun David Hutchinson
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Hutchinson remains an author worth watching. (Fiction. 13-17)"
A homeless, gay teen finds shelter and hope in the hospital where his family perished. Read full book review >

TWISTED FATE by Norah Olson
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A goose-bump-raising psychological thriller that will engross even the most jaded mystery enthusiast. (Thriller. 14-18)"
In this bracing tale of modern teenhood, the lives of estranged sisters Ally and Syd become re-entwined through an obsession with a mercurial boy. Read full book review >
LEIF'S JOURNEY by Terry Hokenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"Readers of the genre will savor this immersive and ultimately satisfying tale of coming of age on the American prairie. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Leif, just coming into manhood on the northern prairie of Minnesota in 1881, must either find a way to make peace with his often angry father or leave the farm forever, as his older siblings have chosen to do. Read full book review >
THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie Hall
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This series opener won't win any prizes, but it will appeal to those who want puzzles and action mixed with their fashion and romance. (Thriller. 12-14)"
A friendless teen discovers she's the key to a millenia-old epic prophecy—making her an invaluable pawn of the world's great powers. Read full book review >
RAT RUNNERS by Oisín McGann
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Who cares if the teens' escapades and escapes seem a little too convenient to be fully plausible; it's all about suspense and action. (Dystopian thriller. 11-18)"
Nimmo, Manikin, Manikin's younger brother, FX, and Scope, all rat runners who live outside the constraints of their controlling government, inhabit an edgy, believably depicted dystopian version of London. Read full book review >
PASSENGER ON THE <i>PEARL</i> by Winifred Conkling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A fine and harrowing true story behind an American classic. (timeline, family tree, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In her first work of nonfiction for young readers (Sylvia & Aki, 2011), Conkling presents the true story of Emily Edmonson and her five siblings who escaped from slavery only to be caught and sent further south.Read full book review >
WHEN by Victoria Laurie
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The character development is just as riveting as the plot in this well-constructed thriller. (Paranormal thriller. 12-18)"
If you could know the date of your death, would you? Read full book review >
NEIL FLAMBÉ AND THE BARD'S BANQUET by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The constant suspense, innocent romance, a lovely recipe for scones, and the flamboyant, irrepressible chef will captivate fans of the series and impel new readers to the nearest bookstore or library. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Neil Flambé, 15-year-old culinary genius, contends with Shakespearean lore in this fifth addition to the mystery series that highlights his name (and sensitive nose). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >