JACK & LOUISA by Andrew Keenan-Bolger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Theater fans will eat this up, but it's unlikely to find a wider audience. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Jack Goodrich, a 12-year-old Broadway actor, moves from New York City to Shaker Heights, Ohio, he decides to reinvent himself—but his new neighbor and classmate, musical aficionado Louisa Benning, is determined to lure him into a local production. Read full book review >
UNSPEAKABLE by Michelle K. Pickett
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An insightful cautionary tale. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A high school senior struggles to survive serious physical and emotional abuse. Read full book review >

SMEK FOR PRESIDENT! by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"This sequel shares the strengths of its predecessor: the loving friendship between Tip and J.Lo, the respect for the absurd, and the social consciences of the teen protagonist and her ET BFF. (Science fiction. 11-15)"
Gratuity "Tip" Tucci doesn't see why her mom won't let a 13-year-old who saved the world take an off-planet vacation.Read full book review >
BLUES FOR ZOEY by Robert Paul Weston
Released: Feb. 8, 2015

"A great twist doesn't make a great book. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A workaholic teen makes an unusual friend. Read full book review >
THE OATHBREAKER'S SHADOW by Amy McCulloch
Released: Feb. 8, 2015

"Readers who stick it out to the action-packed climax will be curious about what's coming next. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
The first of a two-book adventure series sends a gifted warrior-in-training out into the desert to die. Read full book review >

PAINT by Jennifer Dance
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2015

"Next time, Dance should focus on a single agenda or, better yet, tell a single story. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A paint horse spends her life with several different owners on the Great Plains of the late 1800s. Read full book review >
SCRIPTED by Maya Rock
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"An effective, suspenseful dystopia for a wide audience. (Dystopian romance. 12-18)"
Not all is blissful on Bliss Island, where a whole community lives in a reality show dystopia decades after a world war. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by William Kamkwamba
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Compelling and informative for a broad readership and a good addition to STEM collections. (map, prologue, photographs, epilogue, acknowledgments) (Memoir. 11-16)"
The author and his collaborator have condensed the original memoir of the same name, a story of an innovative and compassionate boy coming of age during an era of extreme hardship in Malawi. Read full book review >
BET YOUR LIFE by Jane Casey
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A perfectly serviceable potboiler. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Teen gumshoe Jess Tennant investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding a local boy's "accident." Read full book review >
CHAOS THEORY by M. Evonne Dobson
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Overall, this series opener is below par. (Mystery. 14-18)"
In the midst of grief, one teen turns to solving a mysterious death. Read full book review >
DOUBLEBORN by Toby Forward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Nevertheless, with its gorgeous language and thoughtful themes, this is a book to be savored rather than devoured. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Mirrors and magic collide in this third volume of a lyrical fantasy quartet. Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF HOME by Renée Watson
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Here's hoping Watson's teen debut will be followed by many more. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The summer before Maya and Nikki's senior year of high school brings new challenges as their previously all-black neighborhood becomes attractive to other ethnic groups. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >