Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A provocative, gripping account. (photos, maps, timeline, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
In this sweeping world history, Mann chronicles the spread of globalization, examining the mingling of the world's ecosystems through travel, trade, colonization, conquest, and migration, from its beginnings in the 15th century to its continued impact in the present day. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Psychology with snow. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Normally at the top of the class, list-making Mara freaks out during a calculus test and travels to spend time with her dad, a former professional skier. Read full book review >

TO CATCH A CHEAT by Varian Johnson
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A doctored video showing Jackson Greene and his eighth-grade friends sneaking in to clog Maplewood Middle School toilets pulls the former prankster and his crew into an elaborate set of strategies to catch the perpetrator and foil a couple of would-be cheaters in the process. Read full book review >
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT by Paul Rudnick
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Hilarious, irresistible, and oh so timely. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Caitlin Mary Prudence Rectitude Singleberry leads a wholesome, home-schooled life in Parsippany, New Jersey, and enjoys performing with her family (the Singing Singleberries) while waiting to hear from the 12 colleges she's applied to, so what is she doing in jail with her nose pierced, neon hair, and a tattoo?Read full book review >
RISE OF THE WOLF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Fast-moving fun with broad audience appeal, especially recommended for reluctant readers, Rick Riordan fans, and pedal-to-the-metal adventure aficionados. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Nic enjoys training as a charioteer—not that he has a choice—for his grandfather, Radulf, but the uneasy family détente is shattered when Nic learns the Praetors have taken his mother hostage in Volume 2 of this series set in Imperial Rome's turbulent third century. Read full book review >

I'M FROM NOWHERE by Suzanne Myers
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Wren's engaging voice combines with a strong sense of place and nicely developed secondary characters to yield a satisfying read. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A California teen finds her way at a ritzy East Coast boarding school. Read full book review >
SHALLOW GRAVES by Kali Wallace
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Constantly entertaining, intriguing, and suspenseful. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
A girl wakes up a year after her murder to discover new, supernatural powers. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This heartfelt and page-turning debut introduces readers to a whip-smart and wise heroine. (Mystery. 13-18)"
The daughter of a bestselling mystery author turns to her favorite literary sleuths for inspiration to find her missing father. Read full book review >
I SEE REALITY by Grace Kendall
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"An important collection for older teens. (Anthology. 15-18)"
Twelve original stories explore the many issues teenagers face today. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"For readers who crave drama. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Reeling from a reputation-staining episode the previous spring and the news that her mother has breast cancer, Harper is ready to patch things up with Declan, the boyfriend she dumped last fall. Read full book review >
SANCTUARY BAY by Laura J. Burns
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Fun enough, till the formula sets in. (Suspense. 14-18)"
An impoverished serial foster child finds herself enrolled in the world's most exclusive preparatory school. Read full book review >
UP TO THIS POINTE by Jennifer Longo
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A moving love letter to dance, dreams, and San Francisco, and a look at how embracing personal passion leads to fulfillment (even if it wasn't part of the plan). (Fiction. 12-18)"
Six months in an isolated Antarctic research station give Harper, a recent high school graduate, time to reflect and heal after the painful end of her ballet aspirations. 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 >