HOW TO BREAK A BOY by Laurie Devore
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Confusing, directionless, and unremarkable. (Fiction. 15-17)"
If the Heathers had had smartphones. Read full book review >
WAIT FOR ME by Caroline Leech
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Sweet romance at its (nearly) best. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
With a workforce decimated by World War II, farms throughout the United Kingdom begin relying on Land Girls and prisoners of war for help, but when a German soldier arrives at Lorna's family farm, he ends up being both an answer to prayer and a source of trouble for the Anderson family. Read full book review >

EXO by Fonda Lee
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Believable, suspenseful science fiction. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Sometime in the future, a young soldier working for the extraterrestrials who have conquered Earth fights a rebel group but learns that he has family ties to someone he sees as a criminal. Read full book review >
ME AND MARVIN GARDENS by Amy Sarig King
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A finely wrought, magical coming-of-age tale with a convincing message. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
King, who writes as A.S. King for teens, offers a mystical, fablelike tale for a younger audience. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING by Jeff Giles
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"In the end, this effort doesn't do anything new for the paranormal-romance genre and falls short of the gripping and heart-stopping supernatural tale it promises. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
Opposite worlds collide in this supernatural tale of forbidden love and good-versus-evil when 17-year-old Zoe, who is still coping with the death of her father, crosses paths with X, a pale boy of the supernatural variety. Read full book review >

SHORT by Holly Goldberg Sloan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A charming read with an important message that no matter one's stature, 'the way we move tells the world who we are.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
Julia Marks is taking readers somewhere over the rainbow and embarking on a summer of self-discovery. Read full book review >
UNFOLDING by Jonathan Friesen
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A flawed but darkly atmospheric read. (Fiction. 13-18)"
An awkward 18-year-old and his enigmatic crush discover that their town hides a terrible secret. Read full book review >
THE CRYSTAL RIBBON by Celeste Lim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Fantasy, history, folklore, memorable characters, and even a hint of humor converge for a great read. (Historical fantasy. 9-14)"
This hopeful coming-of-age story weaves together historical facts and spiritual/cultural beliefs to tell a tale of empowerment from the perspective of a poor, young female—one of the lowliest members of society in medieval China. Read full book review >
FIRE COLOR ONE by Jenny Valentine
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A story about an ugly situation that explodes into beauty through cunning and resilience. (Fiction. 13-17)"
In any family, not everything is as it seems, but in Iris' family, this is a big problem. Read full book review >
LIFERS by M.A. Griffin
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An ambitious misfire. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A British teen investigates a local disappearance. Read full book review >
FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP by Laura Atkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"This first book in the Fighting for Justice series is a must-read for all civics classrooms. (resources for activism, note from Karen Korematsu, bibliography) (Blended nonfiction/historical fiction. 8-14)"
When Fred Korematsu, a young Japanese-American man, defied U.S. governmental orders by refusing to report to prison camps during World War II, he and his allies set in motion a landmark civil liberties case. Read full book review >
THAT BURNING SUMMER by Lydia Syson
Released: Jan. 26, 2017

"Rewarding on many levels, but it doesn't deliver all that it seems to promise. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
It's July 1940 on the marshy Kentish coast of England, and the Battle of Britain is being fought overhead. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >