THE INQUISITION by Taran Matharu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A fast-paced, familiar tale with strong echoes of Tolkien, Pullman, and Pokémon. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
An underdog and his unlikely companions go to war in this sequel to The Novice (2015). Read full book review >
NEXT ROUND by John Spray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Readers will marvel at Biyarslanov's resilience and pluck. (Biography. 10-14)"
No one chooses to be a refugee from a war-torn homeland, but if that is the hand you are dealt, try Arthur Biyarslanov's approach. Read full book review >

BEAUTIFUL BLUE WORLD by Suzanne LaFleur
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant. (Fiction. 10-14)"
War is raging in Sofarende, and it will have profound and devastating effects on 12-year-old Mathilde. No one is safe. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"High appeal for both athletes and those who support LGBTQ rights. (timeline, source notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Hope is found in the past for present and future athletes who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning/queer, or other. Read full book review >
BAD GIRLS OF FASHION by Jennifer Croll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Richly detailed and engagingly written, Croll's captivating study is sure both to enlighten and embolden fashion-minded youth. (index, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-17)"
A probing look at influential women in fashion history. Read full book review >

ABOUT PHOENIX by Nastasia Rugani
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A slow, dispiriting case study of abuse. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Phoenix Cotton, a 16-year-old white girl, moves by herself through her unnamed high school life in an unnamed town, crushing on the white swimming hero Marlon Baldini. Read full book review >
PASADENA by Sherri L. Smith
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A stylish exploration of loss. (Fiction. 12-18)"
When her best friend, Maggie, apparently commits suicide, Jude thinks it might actually be murder. Read full book review >
THE GATHERING by Dan Poblocki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A thrill for any reader who knows the only thing more frightening than an unopened door is being locked behind one. (mobile app) (Horror. 10-15)"
Five unhappy children think their troubles are over when they step inside a mysterious house—until the house refuses to let them leave. Read full book review >
THE LIGHT FANTASTIC by Sarah Combs
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A worthwhile, chilling novel that makes demands of its audience and rewards them richly in return. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Alternating narrators tell the story of a day in April when school shootings coordinated in an internet forum occur in various locations across the country. Read full book review >
THIEVING WEASELS by Billy Taylor
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A diverting caper comedy. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Cam Smith has only one wish: to escape his criminal family. He has managed to get himself into the prestigious Wheaton Preparatory Academy and plans to go to Princeton when his family shows up to ruin everything. Read full book review >
COURAGEOUS WOMEN OF THE CIVIL WAR by M.R. Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A solid resource. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Although most people associate the Civil War with its innumerable male participants, many brave women also found ways to serve. Read full book review >
THE RAT PRINCE by Bridget Hodder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Though Philip Pullman did it earlier and funnier with I Was a Rat! (2000), this take still feels fresh enough, despite misgivings. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A new "Cinderella" retelling includes the perspective of a rat living in her home. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >