TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Epic adventure and steamy smooches make for a crowd-pleasing formula. (Fantasy. 13-18)"
Two devoted friends dreaming of independence contend with unfathomable magic and the schemes of empires in this action-packed series opener. Read full book review >
THICKER THAN WATER by Brigid Kemmerer
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"An engrossing page-turner that bites off a bit more than it can chew. (Paranormal thriller. 14-18)"
A lonely teen is the only suspect in his mother's murder. Read full book review >

WHAT'S BROKEN BETWEEN US by Alexis Bass
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"A great idea that gets lost along the way. (Fiction. 14-18)"
On the night of their high school graduation, Jonathan Tart drank, drove, and killed a female classmate, shaking an otherwise "boring, run-of-the-mill" suburb to its core. Read full book review >
THIS RAGING LIGHT by Estelle Laure
Released: Dec. 22, 2015

"A heartbreakingly hopeful, lyrically told exploration of the abandoned children-selfish parents trope. (Fiction. 12-18)"
When a teen is left on her own to care for herself and her sister, the most inconvenient thing possible happens: she falls in love. Read full book review >
HEAR by Robin Epstein
Released: Dec. 19, 2015

"A promising premise is scuttled by telling instead of showing. (Paranormal mystery. 14-18)"
Hotheaded Kassandra is drawn into a web of lies and murders during a summer research program for teens with extrasensory perception. Read full book review >

HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH by Emily Ross
Released: Dec. 16, 2015

"Barely keeps the reader turning the pages until the lackluster ending. (Historical thriller. 14-18)"
A girl experiences firsthand the clash between innocence and knowledge in a relatively innocent place and time: Tucson in the 1960s. Read full book review >
UNBOUND by Neal Shusterman
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A competently produced set of stories that will send fans over the moon and swiftly intrigue newcomers. (Dystopia. 12-16)"
The Unwind world is thoroughly explored in this companion piece. Read full book review >
GOLDEN GIRL by Mari Mancusi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Mancusi's engrossing tale provides a gripping glimpse at competitive snowboarding and a penetrating look at friendships within that context. (Fiction. 11-14)"
With a dad who is a former Winter X Games athlete and an impressive achievement record of her own, Lexi seems poised for the Olympics when a devastating snowboarding accident occurs. Read full book review >
THE MONSTER WITHIN by Darrell Pitt
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Nevertheless, middle-grade readers will likely be caught up in the excitement of the story and find the pluck and boldness of the daring duo engaging. (Steampunk. 11-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Jack Mason and his 15-year-old fellow apprentice in detection, Scarlet Bell, find danger and turmoil in this steampunk adventure. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY by Lauren Morrill
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Slapstick and romance make for a cotton-candy read. (Romance. 12-18)"
Liza and her school marching band enter a contest on a cruise ship, but only drum-major Liza knows that they will fall to school budget cuts unless they can win the $25,000 first prize. Read full book review >
BREAKTHROUGH! by Jim Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Despite lacunae, a gripping look at a major medical breakthrough. (source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
In 1944, Dr. Alfred Blalock joined pediatrician Dr. Helen Taussig and research assistant Vivien Thomas to develop the first surgical procedure to treat a severe heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot, or more commonly "blue baby syndrome." Read full book review >
INHERIT THE STARS by Tessa Elwood
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Better in concept than in execution. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
The fates of two interplanetary kingdoms hang upon the success of an arranged marriage in this futuristic romance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >