LEGALIZING MARIJUANA by Margaret J. Goldstein
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Almost any substance can be abused; Goldstein convincingly argues that the illegalization of marijuana is increasingly looking like what happened to the baby in the bathwater. (Nonfiction. 10-16) "
A well-tempered examination of the current standing of marijuana in the United States, with important forays into its medicinal use. Read full book review >
THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER by E. Katherine Kottaras
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A sensitive novel about accepting imperfection. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young woman is pushed to her breaking point by the betrayals of an ex and a father. Read full book review >

THE CASTRATO by Joyce Poole
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A compelling and unusual slice of European history that will be new to many young adults. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Angelo Montegne unwittingly pays a high price to study at a music conservatory in 1698 Florence in this Dutch import. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The numerous mysteries left unsolved point to potential sequels; here's hoping that their craftsmanship lives up to the concept. (Steampunk. 14-18)"
"Two o'clock was missing." Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Enjoyable perusing; best as an adult coffee-table book. (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
Alongside some of Beatrix Potter's own work, 32 contemporary author/illustrators each offer a testimonial and a piece of original art in homage to this grande dame of children's books. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A cogent, well-documented, handsomely designed treatment of a heretofore forgotten hero of labor. (author's note, glossary, timeline, quotation notes, sources, websites, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Farrell chronicles Fannie Sellins' life as a garment worker, organizer, and martyr for workers' rights at the turn of the 20th century. Read full book review >
M.I.N.D. by Elissa Harris
Released: Oct. 26, 2016

"Thrills without depth, purpose, or satisfaction. (Supernatural mystery. 14-16)"
A teen solves a mystery using information from paranormal seizures. Read full book review >
THE KINFOLK by G.A. Morgan
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Teeming with adventure and philosophical richness, this trilogy closer excels. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The final installment in the Five Stones Trilogy pits the inhabitants of Ayda against power-hungry rogue leader Dankar. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A brilliant tapestry woven not of yarn but of stories, both fresh and faithful to its historical roots. (introduction, index, extensive source notes) (Folk tales. 10-14)"
Forty-five (compressed from the original 1,001) nights of interwoven stories map Scheherazade's courageous campaign to heal the heart of her murderous and disillusioned husband—and save her own life in the bargain. Read full book review >
FROM ABOVE by Norah McClintock
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Quick paced and entertaining. (Mystery. 12-18)"
Following Trial by Fire (2016), teen sleuth Riley Donovan has a murder mystery on her hands. Read full book review >
IF I FIX YOU by Abigail Johnson
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A nuanced take on learning to fix yourself rather than fixing others. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young woman struggles to regain her footing after walking in on her mother and the boy she's loved since childhood. Read full book review >
BEING A GIRL by Hayley Long
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Though it's informative and often funny, this book's appeal will ultimately be limited due to assumptions that are made about its readers. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A British author of fiction for teens offers advice to young women in this self-help guide that covers a wide variety of topics. 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 >