YOU GOT THIS! by Maya S. Penn
Released: April 12, 2016

"There's no doubt Maya will continue to change the world for the better, and those who can follow her advice might have a shot at joining forces. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
If every teenager were as together as author Penn, the world would be a much different place. Read full book review >
LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare
Released: March 8, 2016

"Fans of Clare's grandiloquence will enjoy the torrid new cast of characters, positively aquiver with secret ardor and murderous zeal. (Urban fantasy. 13-17)"
By the Angel, it's a new series from the reigning queen of schmaltzy forbidden love against a backdrop of geysering green ichor. Read full book review >

MY KIND OF CRAZY by Robin Reul
Released: April 5, 2016

"A sensitive look at two teens with complicated histories learning to build a future together. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young man without direction unknowingly finds it when he comes up with a harebrained scheme to ask a girl to prom. Read full book review >
NIGHTSTRUCK by Jenna Black
Released: April 5, 2016

"A solidly creepy start to a promising series, with a wildly frustrating cliffhanger. (Thriller. 14-17)"
The streets of Philadelphia are filled with terror once night falls. Read full book review >
RESCUED by Eliot Schrefer
Released: April 26, 2016

"Strong stuff but an important story. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When your brother is an orangutan, you have a serious responsibility. Read full book review >

CARAVAGGIO by Mark David Smith
Released: April 15, 2016

"Combining the timeless allure of action and young-love romance with the historically accurate and turbulent life of the painter Caravaggio, this story succeeds on all levels. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Late Renaissance Italy comes to life in this upper-middle-grade novel featuring the painter Caravaggio and a young friend. Read full book review >
DON'T GET CAUGHT by Kurt Dinan
Released: April 1, 2016

"This caper comedy about an Ocean's 11-style group of high school masterminds will keep readers guessing. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In Dinan's debut novel, Max Cobb and four other Asheville High School students are out for revenge after being caught on the vandalized town water tower, a setup by the school's notorious Chaos Club. Read full book review >
NIGHT SPEED by Chris Howard
Released: May 3, 2016

"Occasionally illogical and often trippy, a 'high' adventure for young adrenaline junkies. (Adventure. 14-18)"
A world-weary teen faces the end of her superpowered-cop career. Read full book review >
LIES I LIVE BY by Lauren Sabel
Released: May 31, 2016

"Appealing characters merge seamlessly into a strong plot that captures readers early on and doesn't let go until the very last chapter. (Paranormal thriller. 14-18)"
Sabel delivers a novel combining teen romance and espionage, with a touch of the supernatural and just a dash of humor. Read full book review >
BOYS OF SUMMER by Jessica Brody
Released: April 5, 2016

"A promising idea sabotaged by poor pacing and narcissistic characters. (Romance. 14-18)"
Winlock Harbor has been Ian Handler and Grayson Cartwright's summer vacation spot for years, and they've always spent their summers hanging out with local Mike Metzler. But this summer, their final summer before college, is filled with drama. Read full book review >
THE WORLD BENEATH by Janice Warman
Released: May 24, 2016

"A good complement to nonfiction about apartheid South Africa, a little-explored place and period in children's literature. (glossary, author's note, letter from Amnesty International) (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Warman turns her journalistic talents to historical fiction in her debut novel about the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and how it shapes a young boy's life. Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2016

"It's a predictable romance about two smart white teens, but it's an entertaining and even touching one. (Romance. 12-18)"
June thinks high school is merely a stopgap between childhood and real life until she starts carpooling with the star jock. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >