EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME by Andrea Seigel
Released: March 10, 2015

"Funny, poignant and worldly-wise with a light touch. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Talented teens from different backgrounds are hosted in grand style at a swanky mansion in Los Angeles, where they are competing in Spotlight, a combination talent and reality show. Read full book review >
GAME SEVEN by Paul Volponi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"An entertaining tale of baseball, family and loyalty. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Julio Ramirez Jr. dreams of being a junior Nacional and playing for Cuba against the best young players around the world. Read full book review >

Released: March 10, 2015

"A superbly written, smart and sensitive guidebook. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
From veteran journalist Seidman comes a straightforward guide for the teen interested in contemplating atheism. Read full book review >
GREAT BALL OF LIGHT by Evan Kuhlman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Eerie and hopeful: family tragedy and reconciliation wrapped in a zombie encounter. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
When a lightning strike near the dead maple tree seems to produce a ball of lightning, Fiona and her twin are certain something extraordinary is at hand. Read full book review >
THE CRIMSON GATE by Whitney A. Miller
Released: March 8, 2015

"Extreme gore and exciting suspense in a highly strange package. (Horror. 14-18)"
The story of a bizarre cult morphs into a horror novel in this sequel to The Violet Hour (2014).Read full book review >

OUT OF THE DRAGON'S MOUTH by Joyce Burns Zeiss
Released: March 8, 2015

"Nevertheless, given the dearth of material about the exodus of the families that supported democracy in Vietnam, this novel has value in helping to bring home to modern readers the great costs they suffered. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
In 1978, Chinese-Vietnamese Mai's previously wealthy family has sent her away as a first step in getting the whole family to the safety of America. Read full book review >
Released: March 3, 2015

"Salutary portraits in radicalism. (Collective biography. 11-14)"
A gallery of historical troublemakers starting with Hannibal and ending with Martin Luther King, Jr. Read full book review >
THE DARK WATER by Seth Fishman
Released: March 3, 2015

"Those who started with the first should be satisfied with this conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
The sequel to The Well's End (2014) takes the action into a mysterious underground city.Read full book review >
LEGENDS by Howard Bryant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A terrific gathering of heroic hacks and legendary near misses, ideal as a companion for systematic histories such as Lawrence Ritter's ripe-for-updating Story of Baseball (3rd edition, 1999). (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A sports fan's delight: historical highlights (and lowlights), tributes to great players and lots of "Top Ten" lists ripe for vigorous second guessing. Read full book review >
CHARISMA by Jeanne Ryan
Released: March 3, 2015

"A sympathetic protagonist combines with intriguing medical possibility for a solid thriller. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
A shy girl grabs an opportunity to change her personality with an illegal genetic transformation. Read full book review >
THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace
Released: March 3, 2015

"An overlong and overcrowded but action-packed beginning. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A circus girl attempts a balancing act when she gets involved in feudal politics and ancient magic. Read full book review >
HOW TO WIN AT HIGH SCHOOL by Owen Matthews
Released: March 3, 2015

"For all its slick hipness, surprisingly substantive. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An enterprising loser hustles his way to ultimate popularity, at a cost. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >