UNDER A PAINTED SKY by Stacey Lee
Released: March 17, 2015

"Emotionally resonant and not without humor, this impressive debut about survival and connection, resourcefulness and perseverance will keep readers on the very edges of their seats. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Two girls on the racial margins of mid-19th-century America team up and head west. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU by Moriah McStay
Released: March 17, 2015

"As an experiment, the premise may intrigue more than the product, but readers who enter it on its own terms should find it satisfying. (Fiction. 14-18)"
One girl, two lives: Debut novelist McStay explores the impact of a childhood accident. Read full book review >

PRETTY WANTED by Elisa Ludwig
Released: March 17, 2015

"A satisfying close to this trilogy that began with a clever high school prank and morphed into a full-scale action adventure. (Thriller. 12-18)"
This conclusion of the Pretty Crooked trilogy follows the continuing adventures of Willa and Aidan. Read full book review >
THE WHISPER by Aaron Starmer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"A riveting, imaginative, disconcerting, inscrutable, unresolved sequel, guaranteed to leave readers anxious for the finale. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to The Riverman (2014), 12-year-old Alistair Cleary travels to a parallel world searching for his missing friend, Fiona.Read full book review >
PRISON BOY by Sharon E. McKay
Released: March 15, 2015

"Another gut-wrenching tale from McKay (War Brothers, 2014, etc.) focusing on children victimized by war and poverty. (Fiction. 12-14)"
What chances have abandoned children to survive the hazards of life on the mean streets of an unnamed developing country riven by civil war? Read full book review >

ENCHANTMENT LAKE by Margi Preus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"Francie may not be a real detective, but she is so confident that there's never really any doubt of her eventual success, making her good company but perhaps not riveting reading for hard-core mystery fans. (Mystery. 11-16)"
Preus, author of the Newbery Honor-winning Heart of a Samurai (2010), is known for her engrossing historical fiction. Now she changes pace and offers a mystery set in the present.Read full book review >
WHERE I BELONG by Tara White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"Though stories of contemporary Indian youth are badly needed, this one fails to engage. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A Mohawk girl adopted into a white family gets in touch with her heritage against the backdrop of the 1990 Oka crisis in Quebec. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY H. by Barrie Summy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 12, 2015

"Magic exposes the extent of vicious school bullying in this arresting middle school mystery. (Magical realism. 10-14)"
A 13-year-old who sees memories tackles the mystery of a missing girl. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 2015

"Though Andraka's test and other inventions remain years away from real-world use, his evident delight in science and his rocky adolescence furnish plenty of role-model material—and not just for STEM savants. (Memoir. 11-15)"
Meet the gay geeky high school genius who won top prize at the world's most prestigious science fair with a revolutionary test for early signs of pancreatic cancer. Read full book review >
TAGGED by Diane C. Mullen
Released: March 10, 2015

"A solid, interesting novel. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A 14-year-old graffiti artist spends a summer away from his inner-city home. Read full book review >
BREAKING SKY by Cori McCarthy
Released: March 10, 2015

"Smart, exciting, confident—and quite possibly the next Big Thing. (Dystopian thriller. 12-16)"
Teen pilots fight for the cause in a dystopian future. Read full book review >
BURNING KINGDOMS by Lauren DeStefano
Released: March 10, 2015

"Committed fans will find the story only just intriguing enough to continue. (Dystopian adventure. 12-18)"
This sequel to the innovative Perfect Ruin (2013) brings the series down to the ground, literally.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >