THE FINDING PLACE by Julie Hartley
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Although at first glance this unremarkable novel is about international adoption, set against a well-realized Chinese backdrop, the true focus is on the consequences of abandonment. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Adopted by Canadians as a baby from China, Kelly's trying to deal with her disheartening new life since her previously loving father walked out on the family. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An invaluable resource for all young people on a gender quest. (supplemental Web content) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
An open-ended workbook offers young people questioning their gender identity tools for thinking, feeling, and strategizing. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Well intended but desperately unsuccessful. (Paranormal romance. 14-17)"
There's something to be said about an undiluted message. Read full book review >
THE ROSEMARY SPELL by Virginia Zimmerman
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A spellbinding story about friendship and the power of prose. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Rosemary and her friends explore memory and relationships through Shakespeare's works in Zimmerman's debut novel. Read full book review >
FORBIDDEN by Eve Bunting
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"While this will probably not suffice for those wanting a dark and eerie love story, readers interested in historical fiction or a mildly creepy mystery (or both) will enjoy it. (historical note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In this fast-paced mystery set in early-19th-century Scotland, 16-year-old Josie Ferguson is sent to live with estranged relatives after losing both of her parents to influenza. Read full book review >

ALL WE LEFT BEHIND by Ingrid Sundberg
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Older teens will be deeply moved by this romantic drama and its pairing of sensuality and grief. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Two high school students from seemingly different worlds find that their intense chemistry is not the only thing that draws them together in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 28, 2015

"The concept is full of promise, but the product ultimately disappoints. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Since her father left China to work years ago on building a Canadian railroad, then disappeared, teenager Li Jun tries to fulfill a promise made to her dying mother to find him. Read full book review >
RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES by Kate McGovern
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"McGovern tackles uncertainty in an array of forms—illness, college, career, love—with ethnically diverse characters and occasionally memorable phrases, but through Rose's often self-centered point of view, the result is uneven. (Fiction. 14-18)"
"My mother is my crystal ball," declares 17-year-old Rose Levenson. She's right in more ways than she believes. Read full book review >
SOULSHIFTER by Barbara Pietron
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Late excitement can't save this flat story. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
A boy faces the dark god of the dead as he tries to rescue a missing girl from hell. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"It's far from a must-read, but it's not without some appeal for readers looking for a romance with slightly higher stakes than the usual. (Romantic thriller. 14-18)"
When friendship turns into love, the path is rarely smooth—especially when there's a third party involved. Read full book review >
LIGHT OF DAY by Allison van Diepen
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Readers who like their romance on the gritty side will fall for van Diepen's steamy thriller. (Thriller. 14-18)"
An outspoken young radio host teams up with a brave-but-secretive stranger to solve a missing-girl mystery. Read full book review >
PROMISES I MADE by Michelle Zink
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Riveting. (Thriller. 12-18)"
In this sequel to Lies I Told (2014), Grace tries to atone for the major theft she helped her adoptive parents commit.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 >