PASSENGER ON THE <i>PEARL</i> by Winifred Conkling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A fine and harrowing true story behind an American classic. (timeline, family tree, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In her first work of nonfiction for young readers (Sylvia & Aki, 2011), Conkling presents the true story of Emily Edmonson and her five siblings who escaped from slavery only to be caught and sent further south.Read full book review >
WHEN by Victoria Laurie
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The character development is just as riveting as the plot in this well-constructed thriller. (Paranormal thriller. 12-18)"
If you could know the date of your death, would you? Read full book review >

NEIL FLAMBÉ AND THE BARD'S BANQUET by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The constant suspense, innocent romance, a lovely recipe for scones, and the flamboyant, irrepressible chef will captivate fans of the series and impel new readers to the nearest bookstore or library. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Neil Flambé, 15-year-old culinary genius, contends with Shakespearean lore in this fifth addition to the mystery series that highlights his name (and sensitive nose). Read full book review >
PERFECT COUPLE by Jennifer Echols
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"It adds up to fairly typical adolescent angst with a bit of insight on top. (Romance. 12-16)"
Harper, the official yearbook photographer, has a boyfriend but secretly crushes on Brody, the drop-dead-handsome football star. What happens when a silly student poll teams them up as the "Perfect Couple That Never Was"? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Vivid details and the immediacy of Lowery's voice make this a valuable primary document as well as a pleasure to read. (Memoir. 11-16)"
In 1965, Lynda Blackmon Lowery turned 15 during the three-day voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Read full book review >

THE VIEW FROM WHO I WAS by Heather Sappenfield
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Beautifully written—but after such polished, elegant storytelling, the end feels like a betrayal. (Fiction. 13-16)"
She's beautiful, popular, athletic, brilliant, rich and in love—yet Oona Antunes feels herself divide into two selves at the Winter Formal on the night she takes her own life. Read full book review >
THE LAW OF LOVING OTHERS by Kate Axelrod
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Family mental illness is rarely explored in novels for teens, but this one, trudging a well-worn path across too-familiar terrain, fails to fill the void. (Fiction. 15-18)"
Home for the holidays from her posh Pennsylvania boarding school, high school junior Emma is shocked to learn her mother's long-hidden schizophrenia has resurfaced. Read full book review >
AUDACITY by Melanie Crowder
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Compelling, powerful and unforgettable. (historical note, interview, glossary, sources) (Historical fiction/poetry. 12-18)"
A novel in verse featuring the real-life Clara Lemlich, a courageous, tenacious warrior for workers' rights in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City. Read full book review >
FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Big in size and vision, this is the rare middle volume that keeps the throttle open and actually moves the story along significantly. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Teen slayer of evil, superpowered Epics David Charleston carries the fight from Newcago to New York in this slash-and-burn sequel. Read full book review >
DEEP SEA by Annika Thor
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Readers who have come to love Stephie will be glad to see her world expand. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
The third installment in a proposed quartet of books about Stephie's experiences as a Jewish refugee in Sweden during World War II that began with Batchelder-winning Faraway Island (2009) and honor book The Lily Pond (2011). Read full book review >
THERE WILL BE LIES by Nick Lake
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A fine exploration of the power of story itself to heal the unconscious from scars physical and emotional. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Over a period of eight days, 17-year-old Shelby's life is forever changed. Read full book review >
IGNITE by Sara B. Larson
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Adequate heroic fantasy only for those who must have every girl-with-a-sword. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A girl fighter fights evil in a midseries time filler. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >