DEX by Sheri Lynn Fishbach
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A bit underdone in spots but a mostly delectable debut. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A middle schooler discovers that he was born to be a celebrity chef. Read full book review >
BETWEEN WORLDS by Skip  Brittenham
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This fantasy relies on technology to stand out. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Teen misfits accidentally discover a portal to a dangerous fantasy world in this immersive book/app combo. Read full book review >

FALTER KINGDOM by Michael J. Seidlinger
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An ennui-soaked misfire. (Horror. 14-17)"
A teenage boy is possessed by a demon. Read full book review >
EUREKA! by John Grant
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Culturally blinkered but refreshingly opinionated and not without a few pleasant surprises. (index) (Collective biography. 12-16)"
A lively parade of cranks, mystics, rebels, obsessives, and geniuses, humble or otherwise, whose discoveries and insights shaped today's science and technology. Read full book review >
PRINCE OF FIRE by Jatinder Verma
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"One of the world's essential texts, presented in an accessible manner. (Folklore. 10-14)"
A slightly revised version of a picture book (The Story of Divaali, 2002), this is presented more appropriately as a chapter book for "confident readers." Read full book review >

CIRCLES by David A. Adler
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Another solid shape book that will grow with young geometry learners; don't let the picture-book format fool you—high schoolers could use some of this math. (Informational picture book. 6-14)"
Following Triangles (2014), Adler and Miller tackle another shape. Read full book review >
TRUTH OR DARE by Barbara Dee
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Entertaining bibliotherapy but also a useful road map to resolution of the age-old problem of severe cattiness. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's hard to watch white seventh-grader Lia, rebounding from her mother's death two years ago, engineer her own slow-motion train wreck. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Both 'then' and 'now' plots combine to make an engaging work. (Friendship fiction. 14-18)"
Putting a scientific cast on magical realism, the lives of four teens are changed by a bolt of lightning. Read full book review >
DANCING IN THE RAIN by Shelley Hrdlitschka
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Explores the realistic truth that not all relationships can be mended while also offering healing and hope. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Grieving her adoptive mother's death, Brenna begins learning more about her biological family, including her birth mother, Kia—whose pregnancy was detailed in Dancing Naked (2002). Read full book review >
THE DARK ARMY by Joseph Delaney
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Skippable for newbies, but fans will salvage enough to make it worthwhile even as they hope for payoff next time. (Grimalkin's notes, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Tom Ward, the Chipenden Spook, is back from the dead and ready to fight against the monstrous wolflike Kobalos horde, with his apprentice, Jenny Calder, and the witch assassin Grimalkin by his side. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Illustrated with archival material and supplemented with extensive backmatter, this is a thoroughly engaging portrait of a fascinating, larger-than-life figure. (photos, bibliography, source notes) (Biography. 10-14)"
Fleming presents a lively, evenhanded portrait of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, a master of self-promotion who became a world-famous entertainer and whose name became synonymous with "Wild West." Read full book review >
MEMORY GIRL by Linda Joy Singleton
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"This familiar-feeling novel nevertheless takes a different look at the cost of conformity and the price of independence. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
For most teenagers, fitting in is a high priority. But for some, remaining independent is even more important. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >