EXPOSING TORTURE by Hal Marcovitz
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though none of the issues presented is explored in any great depth, this overview provides readers with a useful starting place for further exploration. (glossary, timeline, source notes, bibliography, websites, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
This overview delves into the history of torture, from the flayings, burnings and other brutal methods used in ancient societies to the psychological and sexual torture of the 21st century, and tackles complex ethical and moral questions. Read full book review >
QUAKE by Patrick Carman
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"An engaging end to a well-developed arc. (Dystopian romance. 13-16)"
This final installment in the Pulse trilogy starts up only moments after the ending of Tremor (2013), and the action never lets up.Read full book review >

HALF A MAN by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A sorrowful yet ultimately redeeming tale. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A grandson's loving homage to his war-scarred grandfather. Read full book review >
ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A multilayered novel set in turbulent times explores music's healing power. Read full book review >
UNLEASHED by Sophie Jordan
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Only for romance fans. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)"
Davy's escaped from the government camp of Uninvited (2014), but she's on the run and still far from safe.Read full book review >

DREAMFIRE by Kit Alloway
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A dark and exciting paranormal adventure that will keep patient genre fans up late. (Paranormal romance. 13-18)"
Joshlyn is expert at entering and resolving others' nightmares, but there's a new and forceful evil plaguing the Dream world that even she can't beat. Read full book review >
DOVE ARISING by Karen Bao
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"This derivative debut never finds its wings. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
In a far future in which humans have settled on the moon to escape wars and climate change on Earth, a teenage girl trains to become a soldier in order to support her family. Read full book review >
KALAHARI by Jessica Khoury
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Cultural infelicities aside, a gripping adventure. (Thriller. 12-16)"
Sarah is forced to explore her own boundaries when left not just on her own, but wholly responsible for others. Read full book review >
A WICKED THING by Rhiannon Thomas
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Uninspiring. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
A loose "Sleeping Beauty" retelling emphasizes political intrigue. Read full book review >
REMEMBER by Eileen Cook
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A rehash of the memory-loss trope weighed down by too little action and an unengaging protagonist. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
After suffering a major loss, one girl utilizes her father's new memory-erasing technology to ease the pain only to spiral down a rabbit hole of shocking family secrets. Read full book review >
VENDETTA by Catherine Doyle
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"While the romance sizzles, the mystery fizzles. (Romance/thriller. 14-18)"
Revenge and romance abound between warring families. Read full book review >
MARK OF THE THIEF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The fast-paced, ingenious plot, charismatic hero and highly diverse cast of characters—including the ancient, eternal city itself—make this series opener a captivating joy ride. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Compelled by an ambitious general to retrieve an amulet from Julius Caesar's treasure, long hidden in a mine outside Rome, Nic—a slave with attitude—more than succeeds, upending his life and escalating conflict among the power brokers of imperial Rome. 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 >