CALVIN by Martine Leavitt
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Equal parts coming-of-age tale, survival adventure, and love story, this outstanding novel also sensitively deals with an uncommon but very real teen issue, making it far more than the sum of its parts. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Calvin's personality seems to have been destined: he was born on the day comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" ended, his grandfather gave the infant a Hobbes-like tiger toy that was his constant childhood companion, and his best (and only) friend was always Susie. Read full book review >
SONDHEIM by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Musical-theater lovers, whether front-of-curtain, backstage, or audience, will revel in this journey in which 'Every moment makes a contribution / Every little detail plays a part.' (list of shows, film scores, bibliography, videography, discography, source notes) (Biography. 12-18)"
With a deft hand and unbridled admiration for her subject, Rubin presents the career of a musical theater giant. Read full book review >

SEE NO COLOR by Shannon Gibney
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An exceptionally accomplished debut. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Biracial Alex, 16, high school baseball star and pride of her white, adoptive father and coach, sidesteps thinking about her parentage and racial identity, lying to finesse uncomfortable issues—but hiding her adoptive status from Reggie, an attractive, black player on an opposing team, troubles her. Read full book review >
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 >
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Gothic, gadget-y, gay: a socially conscious sci-fi thriller to shelve between The Terminator and Romeo and Juliet. (Science fiction. 12-17)"
Same-sex dating is tricky when your dad is a right-wing political figure. Then there's that whole robot-fueled terrorist attack thing threatening to directly strike at any second. Read full book review >

MARTIANS by Blythe Woolston
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A gorgeous and gut-wrenchingly familiar depiction of the entropic fragmentation of society. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
A 15-year-old girl supports herself with a retail job as her close-to-reality dystopia spirals into hilariously surreal (yet tragic) chaos. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An accomplished wordsmith, Wynne-Jones achieves an extraordinary feat: he illuminates the hidden depths of personalities and families through a mesmerizing blend of realism and magic. (Fiction. 13-17)"
After the shock of his father's sudden death and the arrival of a grandfather he was taught to hate but never met, Evan must unravel a family mystery. Read full book review >
FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A fresh, smart, inventive, and altogether impressive debut. (Romance. 11-16)"
YouTube personality Mills (aka vlogger Elmify) debuts with a novel that mixes football and romance. Read full book review >
A YEAR WITHOUT MOM by Dasha Tolstikova
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Fascinating and heartfelt. (Graphic memoir. 10-14)"
Tolstikova offers an illustrated memoir of her 13th year: it's the year the Soviet Union falls, but more importantly, it's the year she stays in Moscow with her grandparents while her mother studies abroad. Read full book review >
I DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE by Gabi Kreslehner
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Powerful and deeply resonant. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl tries to cope with her parents' divorce and her own developing friendships and romance. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Carefully and subtly imagined. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In a small town in North Carolina, a close friendship between two eccentric high schoolers breaks apart, leaving a rift. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE by Christina Lauren
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Don't read it at night. (Horror. 12-18)"
A rebellious girl falls for a strange boy who lives in an even stranger house. 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 >