THE TRILOGY OF TWO by Juman Malouf
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A sketchy, underthought epic, as mannered and artificial as the illustrations. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
In this ambitious debut, two preteen circus musicians visit hidden worlds and uncover not only family secrets, but a scheme to rob this world's children of all their talents. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A captivating introduction to a history that's not so well-known on this side of the Pacific. (timeline, bibliography of non-U.S. titles, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
American readers may be vaguely aware that the British first settled Australia with convicts, but that some of these prisoners were not even in their teens may come as a shock. Read full book review >

THIS WAY HOME by Wes Moore
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A taut, haunting tragedy. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Lifelong best friends and basketball teammates Elijah, Dylan, and Michael become reluctantly entangled with a Baltimore street gang. Read full book review >
LILLI'S QUEST by Lila Perl
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A not-particularly-dynamic addition to the Holocaust shelves. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A companion to Isabel's War (2014) fills in and expands the story of the girl known as Helga, explaining why Lilli, and not her younger sister, the real Helga, was on the Kindertransport to England. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"An absorbing convergence of coming-of-age stories as well as a thoughtful meditation on shoes and all that they witness and represent. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-16)"
A pair of handmade shoes travels through time, transforming the lives of those who come into contact with them. Read full book review >

A BITTER MAGIC by Roderick Townley
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Plenty of magic, a touch of romance, an appealing heroine, and a talking lobster lighten Townley's tale of deadly sibling jealousy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After Cisley's mother disappears into the shards of a black mirror during her illusion act, the 12-year-old must discover her own powers to learn whether her mother is alive and how to find her. Read full book review >
AUTUMN'S KISS by Bella Thorne
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"This light-as-air read will appeal mostly to young teens, who will appreciate all the roller-coaster romance, Autumn's tightknit family, and her recurring run-ins with a fictional young heartthrob named Kyler Leeds. (Romance. 12-16)"
Teen actor Thorne follows her first novel in the Autumn's Fall series with this installment, set during the titular Cuban-American character's junior year at her new high school in Florida.Read full book review >
FOR THE RECORD by Charlotte Huang
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A pleasant read for teens who dream of a glamorous lifestyle. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Eager to leave her small-town life behind, a high schooler embarks on a whirlwind tour as the new lead singer of an established rock band. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Save this action-packed but derivative adventure for die-hard shonen manga buffs. (Urban fantasy. 13-16)"
The Underworld makes another bid for control of Mio's mystical sword. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS LIES by Becca Fitzpatrick
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A swoonworthy romance that doesn't really need the promised thrills. (Thriller. 14-18)"
After witnessing the aftermath of a murder, a girl assumes a false identity to hide from the drug cartel that wants her dead. Read full book review >
YOUNG WIDOWS CLUB by Alexandra Coutts
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Tissues not required. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Tamsen Baird has always lived a different kind of normal. Read full book review >
DA VINCI'S TIGER by Laura Malone Elliott
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Not credible as fiction, but the bonanza of fascinating details about life in Renaissance Italy has appeal. (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
In politically turbulent Renaissance Florence, the admirer of a beautiful, married noblewoman changes her life when he commissions a young Leonardo da Vinci to paint her portrait. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >