PEACE, LOCOMOTION by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

Lonnie, of Locomotion (2003), is turning 12. Read full book review >
THE SWITCH by Anthony Horowitz
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Sure to please, and to expand, Horowitz's tween fan base. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Spoiled 13-year-old Thomas Arnold David—Tad—is like a large, contented cat curled up in the lap of luxury—until his parents deny him something he wants. Read full book review >

BURN MY HEART by Beverley Naidoo
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"As the tension mounts, readers will rightly fear that no good end can result; like Mathew and Mugo, readers' hearts will be burned by this intense slice of historical realism. (author's note, afterword, glossary, Kikuyu and Swahili names) (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
Set in Kenya between November 1951 and March 1953, when indigenous Kikuyus fiercely resisted the British settlers who had stolen their lands, this somber story sheds light on a dark period of rebellion and repression fueled by racial prejudice and fear. Read full book review >
DO YOU HEAR ME, MR. LINCOLN? by Judith Caseley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Authentic and moving. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A portrait of Abraham Lincoln provides unexpected comfort for 13-year-old Sierra when her father's sudden death leaves her dry-eyed, angry and lonely. Read full book review >
TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT ME by Randa Abdel-Fattah
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Written with insight, humor and sensitivity, Abdel-Fattah introduces a winning Muslim-Australian heroine who discovers that 'honesty is liberating.' (Fiction. 12-16)"
A 16-year-old Australian-Muslim-Lebanese teen wonders who she really is as she straddles two cultural realities. Read full book review >

THE MUSICIAN’S DAUGHTER by Susanne Dunlap
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"While Theresa's naïve and headstrong pursuit of her father's murderer tests credibility, she's a gutsy, sympathetic heroine who remains true to her friends, in a fast-paced historical adventure that offers a hint of romance. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A 15-year-old living in 18th-century Vienna finds herself entwined in political intrigue when she boldly investigates her father's puzzling murder. Read full book review >
SKELETON CREEK by Patrick Carman
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Carman's style holds some promise for readers who can get past the contrivance. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Mischance befalls 15-year-old Ryan as he investigates the shadowed past of his small Oregon town, leaving him with a broken leg and the threat of a cross-country move if he attempts to contact his best friend and fellow investigator, Sarah. Read full book review >
THE BEST BAD LUCK I EVER HAD by Kristin Levine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Dit and Emma are likable protagonists, and the growth of their friendship, along with Dit's emerging moral conscience, make this a fine debut novel by an author to watch. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old Emma Walker comes to Moundville, Ala., with her father, the new postmaster, Harry "Dit" Sims feels it's "the worst piece of bad luck" he's ever had. Read full book review >
MY FAIR GODMOTHER by Janette Rallison
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

A decidedly non-serious 16-year-old Virginia student wishes herself into fairy-tale land in Rallison's giddy, ornately plotted fantasy. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 29, 2008

"A valuable resource. (author's note, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Silvey carefully documents a little-known side to the Civil War: the hundreds of women who fought for both sides. Read full book review >
IMPERFECTIONS by Lynda Durrant
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 29, 2008

"Lovely and thought-provoking. (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
For 14-year-old Rosemary, her little brother, Isaac, and her baby sister, Anne, the Shaker village of Pleasant Hill, Ky., is a clean haven and welcome refuge from their father's abuse and the violence of the Civil War. Read full book review >
PARTIES & POTIONS by Sarah Mlynowski
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 23, 2008

"However, the one-dimensional secondary characters and too-neat ending pull it down toward the mediocre. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
Teen witch Rachel and her sister Miri discover more about their magical roots in this fluffy, style-conscious fourth installment of the Magic in Manhattan series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >