NOMAD by William Alexander
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Alexander is clearly passionate about science, space exploration, and social justice, but he never allows that passion to shortchange the crackerjack adventure. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
Gabriel Sandro Fuentes, 11-year-old ambassador of Earth, fends off an alien invasion. Read full book review >
INSIDE BIOSPHERE 2 by Mary Kay Carson
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"For middle and high school readers, an encouraging example of earth scientists working to understand and deal with climate change in new and amazing ways. (glossary, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
A 1990s science experiment aimed at space exploration finds a new purpose in the 21st century. Read full book review >

HISTORIUM by Jo Nelson
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An arbitrary assortment of relics not likely to furnish either the insight or the glimpses of wonder that elevate companion volume Animalium (2014). (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
An oversized album of archaeological treasures, from an early Stone Age hand ax to a 19th-century tiki pendant. 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 >
250 HOURS by Colleen Nelson
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A potentially intriguing tale hampered by a romance that never really lights a spark. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Manitoba teens Jess and Sara Jean both know the terrible feelings of loss and doubt a child faces from having a parent abandon them. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An enjoyable if unfocused walk through football history. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A hodgepodge of football history pivots around the controversial ranking systems. 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 >
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 >
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A thought-provoking exploration of art as an expression of love and pain. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Take a contemporary San Francisco, add an undertone of classic Romeo and Juliet, some grit and viscera, and this story of two remarkable teens is the result.Read full book review >
THE AUGUST 5 by Jenna Helland
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A story about a revolution should be exciting—this one is not. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
The daughter of a rebel leader and the son of a powerful feudal politician evaluate their potential roles in a revolution. Read full book review >
NEED by Joelle Charbonneau
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A frothy mystery that trips over its desire for social relevance. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A mysterious social network sows discontent. Read full book review >
DARKTHAW by Kate A. Boorman
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A philosophical, ruminative adventure for fans of the CW network's The 100. (Alternate history. 13-15)"
The heroine of Winterkill (2014) leaves her tiny village to find settlers moving into the post-apocalyptic wilds.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >