DIARY OF A HAUNTING by M. Verano
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Somewhat slow pacing and a horror-movie ending may disappoint some, but here's one not to read in the dark. (Horror. 14-18)"
What's worse than leaving LA behind for frozen, slushy Idaho? Moving into a gloomy, pest-ridden, and probably haunted mansion. Read full book review >
BEYOND CLUELESS by Linas Alsenas
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"In a subgenre about queer themes and musicals that's big enough to offer choice, other options are funnier and more genuine than this. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Mistaken identity, misbehavior, and musical theater. Read full book review >

UNTWINE by Edwidge Danticat
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An honest, endearing exploration of family, grief, and perseverance. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Tragedy strikes twin sisters Giselle and Isabelle, and their world is changed forever. Read full book review >
WHAT WE SAW by Aaron Hartzler
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A powerful tale of betrayal and a vital primer on rape culture. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In a fictional analog of the 2012 Steubenville, Ohio, rape case, allegations of gang-rape at a high school party expose a small town's ugly truths. Read full book review >
THE UNQUIET by Mikaela Everett
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Unsatisfying and not recommended. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
At age 6, Lira was plucked from an orphanage and sent to a duplicate of Earth, with one crucial difference: unlike her current planet, that Earth is not disappearing, along with all the life it contains. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Though Curran's account of faith and perseverance is somewhat unfocused, readers will appreciate her overarching point: 'discover what makes you happy, and then act on what you've learned.' (Memoir. 11-18)"
Curran, Miss Iowa 2008, tells how she became the first major pageant contestant with a disability. Read full book review >
LIZARD RADIO by Pat Schmatz
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Sophisticated, character-driven science fiction, as notable for its genderqueer protagonist as for its intricate, suspenseful plot. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
In a dystopian future, Kivali Kerwin, nicknamed Lizard, is sent to prepare for adulthood at a government-run CropCamp. Read full book review >
VENGEANCE ROAD by Erin Bowman
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The novel starts with a bang in an interesting setting, but it quickly fizzles into melodrama. (Historical romance. 12-18)"
Kate Thompson seeks revenge at any cost after her father is killed by a gang of robbers who believe he had information about a mythical gold mine. Read full book review >
THE LETTER FOR THE KING by Tonke Dragt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Short chapters and frequent mild cliffhangers make this suitable for a middle-grade classroom read-aloud; but there's little here to captivate a 21st-century reader. (Historical adventure. 10-15)"
The English translation of a prizewinning 1962 Dutch historical adventure exhibits both old-school charms and flaws. Read full book review >
SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS by April Genevieve Tucholke
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Gross, creepy fun. (Horror short stories. 13-17)"
Murderous neighbors, creepy bathtubs, and lots of blood. Everywhere. Read full book review >
JUBILEE MANOR by Bethany Hagen
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Even the requisite romance is drowned in florid prose and uneven characterization. (Science fiction. 13-15)"
Madeline Landry, the daughter of one of the richest and most powerful noble houses of a nuclear future, hopes to empower society's weakest without endangering her own wealth and comfort. Read full book review >
OF DREAMS AND RUST by Sarah Fine
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Neatly wraps up the romance, too neatly wraps up the plot. (Steampunk. 12-18)"
In the sequel to Of Metal and Wishes (2014), Wen faces an impossible choice—betray her country or let her beloved be slaughtered?Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >