SPLIT THE SUN by Tessa Elwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The more intriguing aspects of this story are drowned out by the side-show melodrama. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
Kit Franks has inherited a legacy of trouble from her terrorist mother in this companion to Inherit the Stars (2015). Read full book review >
EVERTON MILES IS STRANGER THAN ME by Philippa Dowding
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A page-turner that is funny, magical, and entertaining. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Changes are hitting Gwendolyn Golden from all around: she is starting grade nine at the same time she is receiving her Night Flyers Handbook, and then there's the Mystery Person…. Read full book review >

BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION by Susan Goldman Rubin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A rich, compelling story of the many people who stood up to racial inequality, risking significant danger and hardship for the cause of justice. (photos, timeline, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This behind-the-scenes story of the people and events leading to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education's Supreme Court decision shows that even if the justice sought may be simple, getting it is long and complicated. Read full book review >
SOMETHING IN BETWEEN by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Typical teen drama elevated by its exploration of a complex social issue but hampered by an unrealistically feel-good conclusion. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
Jasmine de los Santos, an overachieving 16-year-old immigrant from the Philippines, looks forward to a vibrant future, until she discovers a family secret that threatens to take away her American dream. Read full book review >
JESS, CHUNK, AND THE ROAD TRIP TO INFINITY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Well-meaning and timely but not as strong as Meredith Russo's If I Was Your Girl and Brie Spangler's Beast (both 2016). (Fiction. 12-16)"
A trans girl artist goes on a road trip with her fat best friend and publicly dresses as her true self for the first time. Read full book review >

FLASHFALL by Jenny Moyer
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A distinctive post-apocalyptic world stunted by clumsy writing and ambiguous worldbuilding. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Generations have passed since the cosmic event that formed the flash curtain, a toxic wall of deadly radiation. The remaining humans are scratching out a desperate survival in the hellish aftermath. Read full book review >
FLIP THE BIRD by Kym Brunner
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An engaging story of a young teen finding what's most important in his life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Mercer Buddie is a falconer-in-training wanting desperately to earn the Best Apprentice pin and prove himself to his father at the same time. Read full book review >
AVENGED by E.E. Cooper
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A taut thriller about a psychopath loose in the halls of a suburban high school. (Mystery. 14-18)"
There are mean girls and queen bees—and then there's Britney Matson, who makes the rest look like hopeless amateurs. Read full book review >
SAVING HAMLET by Molly Booth
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This entertaining and original novel deals not just with growing up, but with a fresh and different interpretation of 'to be or not to be.' (Fantasy. 12-16)"
This debut novel combines a love of Shakespeare with the very real issue of gender expectations and the difficulty of fitting into roles defined by others. Read full book review >
THE LOST PROPERTY OFFICE by James R. Hannibal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Mindless entertainment. (Adventure. 11-14)"
Discovering that everything he knew—even his name!—was a lie is only the beginning of a very weird day for 13-year-old Jack Buckles. Read full book review >
IRIS AND THE TIGER by Leanne Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A quirky, clear-eyed enchantment. More like this, please! (Mystery. 10-14)"
A biracial (Chinese/white) Australian girl unravels art-historical and familial mysteries at a relative's estate in rural Spain. Read full book review >
A CELEBRATION OF BEATRIX POTTER by
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Enjoyable perusing; best as an adult coffee-table book. (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
Alongside some of Beatrix Potter's own work, 32 contemporary author/illustrators each offer a testimonial and a piece of original art in homage to this grande dame of children's books. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >