COLOR BLIND by Sheila Sobel
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Chaotic characters, a disjointed plot, and a romance that falls flat. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Seventeen-year-old April's relocation to her aunt's house in New Orleans following her father's unexpected death introduces her to new love, old secrets, and black magic. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A worthy addition to military collections. (index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
What is the true nature of heroism? Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A charmer. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
This debut novel features a lazy dragon (called a "Dr'gon") and a fugitive wannabe wizard in a comic fantasy. Read full book review >
SACHIKO by Caren Stelson
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An important perspective on the atomic bombings, a controversial decision that continues to provoke passionate debate. (photo, maps, glossary, source notes, bibliography, further reading) (Biography. 12-18)"
Books about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for young people are plentiful, but very few focus on the hibakusha, survivors of the bombings, and this important biography notably fills that gap. Read full book review >
MYSTERY &  MAYHEM by Crime Club, The
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This appetizing assortment is a nifty invitation to further mystery-reading. (Mystery/short stories. 10-15)"
A selection of 12 original, traditional mysteries loosely organized by minigenre: locked rooms, closed systems, poisonings, and dog stories. Read full book review >

HIDDEN by Miriam Halahmy
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This all-too-timely book means well, but it may not be the age-of-Brexit corrective it clearly wishes to be. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A British teen comes face to face with anti-immigrant xenophobia. Read full book review >
INCOGNITA by Kristen Lippert-Martin
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This may make readers yearn for a do-over with a truly blank slate. (Thriller. 12-18)"
In this sequel to Tabula Rasa (2014), Lippert-Martin returns to her tale of a girl who's lost her memory but gained some extraordinary powers and the young hacker who fought a corrupt hospital establishment by her side. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A unique and well-organized survey of reproductive behaviors that belongs in every middle and upper school library but will probably not last long on the shelf. (notes, glossary, selected bibliography, index, acknowledgements) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
"Without animal sex there would be no animal life." Read full book review >
CLIMATE MIGRANTS by Rebecca E. Hirsch
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An accessible, informative, and alarming look at imminent, likely inevitable environmental catastrophes on a global scale. (maps, photos, glossary, source notes, bibliography, further information) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
A sober warning that climate change will become impossible to deny or ignore in the coming decades as mass population centers are rendered uninhabitable and the relocation of millions of people becomes inevitable. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A chaotic conclusion, best for fervent fans and those who want more romance than Rick Riordan's novels. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
Teen lovers go to Hades and back in this third book. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF ICARUS by Caighlan Smith
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Dystopia fans with the patience to wait could do worse—but with so many similar titles out there, they probably won't bother with it. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
In a nightmarish, claustrophobic world, a small band of near-feral adolescents scavenges among harpies, hydras, and other horrors from Greek mythology. Read full book review >
THE STAND-IN by Steve Bloom
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A half-funny, half-tired novel with a fine protagonist to half-root for. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A smart-aleck teenager who yearns to escape his dilapidated New Jersey town becomes a high school escort in Bloom's debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >