SAVING STEVIE by Eve Richardson
Released: Sept. 30, 2016

"Minto's narration never quite develops the expected emotional resonance considering the novel's introduction of difficult subject matter. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Thirteen-year-old white Minto learns the hardships of life in a Canadian shantytown while on the run with her infant nephew. Read full book review >
THE FEVER CODE by James Dashner
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Will satisfy die-hard fans of the original trilogy. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Dashner returns to his dystopian future in this second prequel to the blockbuster Maze Runner series, detailing how the maze came into being. Read full book review >

SOMETHING IN BETWEEN by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Typical teen drama elevated by its exploration of a complex social issue but hampered by an unrealistically feel-good conclusion. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
Jasmine de los Santos, an overachieving 16-year-old immigrant from the Philippines, looks forward to a vibrant future, until she discovers a family secret that threatens to take away her American dream. Read full book review >
GILT HOLLOW by Lorie Langdon
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A romantic thriller that fails on both counts. (Romantic thriller. 12-16)"
Eighteen-year-old Ashton Keller has spent the last four years of his life in juvie for a murder he did not commit. He returns home looking for justice or maybe just revenge but ends up finding something else completely unexpected. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A macabre horror comedy for die-hard fans only. (Horror. 10-16)"
A girl's boyfriend doesn't stay dead in this Fear Street novel. Read full book review >

DIWALI by Rina Singh
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An exceptionally valuable resource. (glossary, references and resources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In a change from many of the superficial holiday books available, this sophisticated volume incorporates information about the major Indian religions; Hindu, Sikh, and Jain Diwali traditions; and Indian immigration to the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"With its ornate, Regency-esque setting and intricate plot packed with mysterious twists and turns (plus a few serious themes), this sequel is part melodrama, part comedy, and all-around good fun. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to A Pocket Full of Murder (2015), Isaveth's magical invention having proved vastly profitable for Glow-Mor, the company president rewards her with a scholarship to exclusive Tarreton College, where she excels at Sagery but is snubbed by its aristocratic students. Read full book review >
IRENA'S CHILDREN by Tilar J. Mazzeo
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Readers will understand how Sendler came to be honored by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. (black-and-white photographs, adapter's note, endnotes not seen) (Biography. 12-18)"
In Jewish belief, there are righteous people in every generation who can repair a tear in the universe. Irena Sendler was truly one of them. Read full book review >
ABOVE by Roland Smith
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Compulsive reading all the way to the end. (Adventure. 12-16)"
In this follow-up companion to Beneath (2015), three white teens who have escaped a cult that lives underground (literally) try to elude recapture and learn what the cult's brilliant and tyrannical leader might be planning. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"More inspiration than documentation but definitively global in scope, a happy contrast to so many Eurocentric 'world' surveys. (Collective biography. 11-15)"
An international array of badass women through the ages and up to the present. Read full book review >
INTERFERENCE by Kay Honeyman
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Too much politics. Too little heart. (Fiction. 13-17)"
When an ex-boyfriend posts humiliating pictures of her online, 17-year-old Kate Hamilton feels responsible for the dramatic shift in political mojo that leads her father to step down from his U.S. Congressional seat and move the family from the nation's capital to his hometown in Red Dirt, Texas. Read full book review >
DIVE! by Deborah Hopkinson
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fascinating World War II history for history buffs and browsers alike. (epilogue, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Hopkinson's writing plumbs the depths in relating the undersea exploits of American submariners during World War II. 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 >