HOW IT ENDS by Catherine Lo
Released: June 7, 2016

"A thoughtful depiction of teen friendship and the competing costs of concealing—and revealing—the truth. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Debut author Lo explores the life cycle of a friendship, with alternating narratives that reveal how all stories have two sides. Read full book review >
THE BOY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN by John Boyne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Chilling, difficult, and definitely not for readers without a solid understanding of the Holocaust despite the relatively simple reading level. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
A young boy grows up in Adolf Hitler's mountain home in Austria. Read full book review >

BREAK ME LIKE A PROMISE by Tiffany  Schmidt
Released: June 7, 2016

"A passably successful story about a woman who needs to let go of her past to accept her future. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Magnolia Grace has to decide whom she's going to be loyal to in a time of intense transition—her family, her family's business, or herself. Read full book review >
THE LEAVING by Tara Altebrando
Released: June 7, 2016

"A twisting and turning mystery that will grip readers even if it is at times a bit difficult to follow. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Five teens who were part of a group of six that vanished as kindergartners reappear as mysteriously as they went missing in this thriller. Read full book review >
RELENTLESS by Tera Lynn Childs
Released: June 3, 2016

"Even the snogging doesn't generate much heat in this cliché-ridden climax. (Romantic thriller. 12-15)"
With occasional timeouts to lock lips, underdog villains heroically turn the tables on a villainous hero in this sequel and (likely) closer to Powerless (2015). Read full book review >

SHAHANA by Rosanne Hawke
Released: June 1, 2016

"An informative and effective work of contemporary fiction. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A girl lives in Azad Kashmir with her younger brother following the deaths of the rest of her family due to border violence in this novel, part of the UNICEF-produced Through My Eyes series. Read full book review >
THE BLACK NORTH by Nigel McDowell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Ambitious and engaging. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old twins Oona and Morris Kavanagh join the Cause to fight the Invaders from the Black North and defend their home from the evil that threatens to sweep across the land. Read full book review >
SABOTAGE by Neal Bascomb
Released: May 31, 2016

"A rich, well-paced narrative. (bibliography, source note, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
An isolated factory in Nazi-occupied Norway is an important link in a plan to deliver a nuclear weapon for Hitler until Norwegian resistance fighters embark on a dangerous mission to stop it. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPING PRINCE by Melinda Salisbury
Released: May 31, 2016

"A tale of monsters—mortal and mythical—that intersects with the previous installment but offers no happily-ever-after conclusion. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
A sensible young woman runs afoul of fairy-tale figures in this high-fantasy sequel set in a typical, white, medieval-ish kingdom. Read full book review >
BEWARE THAT GIRL by Teresa Toten
Released: May 31, 2016

"A tense teen thriller that is half mind-game, half misery lit—call it 50 Shades of Grey Area. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Predators become prey in this private school novel. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF STARS by Louise Hawes
Released: May 31, 2016

"A tale of self-discovery well suited for art-inclined readers who feel themselves on the fringe. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An act of vandalism revitalizes a small town. Read full book review >
THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson
Released: May 31, 2016

"A welcome, needed novel. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Two British transgender teens try to come to terms with their lives while facing serious bullying in their school. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >