Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A thought-provoking exploration of art as an expression of love and pain. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Take a contemporary San Francisco, add an undertone of classic Romeo and Juliet, some grit and viscera, and this story of two remarkable teens is the result.Read full book review >
NEED by Joelle Charbonneau
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A frothy mystery that trips over its desire for social relevance. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A mysterious social network sows discontent. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Jones is known for his edgy teen fiction, but here edgy gives way to trite. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Tyshawn's father has come back from Afghanistan with a brain injury, and he and his mother have to find ways to cope with the resulting massive changes in their lives. Read full book review >
FREEDOM FLIGHT by Patrick Jones
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Although little recent fiction deals with children of damaged veterans, there are numerous outstanding works about addicted parents that would resonate more with readers than this weak title. (Fiction. 11-16)"
High school sophomore Paige's mother, a captain in the military, has just come home from Afghanistan, seemingly a welcome event. Read full book review >
URBAN TRIBES by Lisa Charleyboy
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A stereotype-dispelling companion to Dreaming in Indian (2014). (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Dozens of young Native Americans who have made cities their homes offer glimpses of their lives, dreams, work, and attitudes toward themselves and others. Read full book review >

I AM COYOTE by Geri Vistein
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A sensitive, passionate story told from an intriguing point of view. (author's note, further reading) (Fiction. 10-14)"
An imaginative re-creation of the life of one of the first coyotes to inhabit Maine. Read full book review >
BLAZING COURAGE by Kelly Milner Halls
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Uncomplicated reading done well. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Book 1 in the Animal Rescues series tells the story of a home-schooled teen and the wild mustang she buys. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An enjoyable if unfocused walk through football history. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A hodgepodge of football history pivots around the controversial ranking systems. Read full book review >
SEE NO COLOR by Shannon Gibney
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An exceptionally accomplished debut. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Biracial Alex, 16, high school baseball star and pride of her white, adoptive father and coach, sidesteps thinking about her parentage and racial identity, lying to finesse uncomfortable issues—but hiding her adoptive status from Reggie, an attractive, black player on an opposing team, troubles her. Read full book review >
INFINITY LOST by S. Harrison
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"All setup with no payoff. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A teenage girl's mysterious dreams suggest her past isn't what she remembers. Read full book review >
A FIGHTING CHANCE by Claudia Meléndez Salinas
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"Clichés and unbelievable characters bog down this opposites-attract tale. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A Latino boxer from a gang-infested farm town falls for a naïve rich girl. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Raw, funny, grotesque, unsettling, and very sad. (author's note) (Fiction. 15-18)"
Teens earn a living as test subjects in medical trials in a novel that may feel dystopian but is very much set in the present day. 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 >