Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Humorous and cleverly constructed, this deserves a 'hoof five.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
A seventh-grader's play chronicles the rise and demise of a kidnapping plot and the contradictory motives of the conspirators. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An honest, informative, and ultimately optimistic novel about living with mental illness. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young woman with bipolar disorder struggles with the ever present specter of crushing depression in this contemporary fiction debut. Read full book review >

THE ROW by J.R. Johansson
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A great hook with deeply unsatisfying follow-through.(Mystery. 14-18)"
A girl learns a devastating truth. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Feminist readers in particular will appreciate this strong young woman who doesn't conform to gender norms. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Crystal has always wanted to escape poverty, but she never thought her plan would involve vintage muscle cars and a baby. Read full book review >
RIDING CHANCE by Christine Kendall
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A worthwhile first outing; Kendall shows promise. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A troubled inner-city boy learns to play polo in a program modeled after Philadelphia's famed Work to Ride. Read full book review >

DISENCHANTED by Megan Morrison
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Great, smart fun. (maps) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The second Tyme fantasy features dark-skinned Ella, whose journey of self-discovery—and perhaps true love—dovetails with her eventually becoming a champion for workers' rights. Read full book review >
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT by Sarah Darer Littman
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An unexpectedly layered story of slow awakening and redemption. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Uber-good-girl Sammy Wallach did not deserve this. Read full book review >
BE GOOD BE REAL BE CRAZY by Chelsey Philpot
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An agreeable but unbalanced work that aims high but ends up a bit too short. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Two teens find romance on the road. Read full book review >
SWAN BOY by Nikki Sheehan
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Still, this novel, with its solid message about finding courage through adversity, should resonate with teens who feel isolated. (Magical realism. 11-16)"
Dance becomes him. Read full book review >
FROST by M.P.  Kozlowsky
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A wild, robot-driven ride with nods to a far darker kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
In a post-apocalyptic world, a girl who's never left home sets out on an arduous quest to save her sick pet. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Suspense, romance, and the excitement of discovery make this Western thoroughly enjoyable. (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
In the great era of dinosaur-hunting, two teenagers accompany their paleontologist fathers in a race to discover the biggest of them all: the rex. Read full book review >
PROJEKT 1065 by Alan Gratz
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A rare insider's glimpse into the Hitler Youth: animated, well-researched, and thought-provoking. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The son of the Irish ambassador to Germany poses as a member of the Hitler Youth in order to support the Allies during World War II. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >