UNNATURAL DEEDS by Cyn Balog
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A page-turner that will keep readers riveted, this is a treat for mystery fans and will keep readers guessing right up until the end. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Like a PG-13 version of Gone Girl (2012), Balog's (Dead River, 2013, etc.) latest tells the tense and tragic story of three teens mixed up in a world of murder, obsession, and mental illness. Read full book review >
OH, ICK! by Joy Masoff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A lighthearted compendium of interesting information and engaging, hands-on activities with gobs of kid appeal. (index, credits not seen) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
From arachnids to zits, 114 "ick-speriments, ick-tivities, and ick-splorations" invite young experimenters to investigate the workings of their world. Read full book review >

AFTERMATH by Clara Kensie
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A melodramatic take on a sensitive subject. (resources) (Fiction. 14-18)"
A white teenage girl must navigate the emotional aftermath of her rescue from an abusive kidnapper. Read full book review >
ESFIR IS ALIVE by Andrea Simon
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"For Holocaust and World War II completists. (author's note, Yiddish glossary) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
The mostly fictional history of a real survivor of Nazi and Soviet atrocities reads more like a history than a novel. Read full book review >
SERIOUSLY SHIFTED by Tina Connolly
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Accomplished plotting teams up with a winsome narrator to give readers a bewitching story. (appendix) (Fantasy. 13-16)"
An inexperienced 15-year-old witch struggles to establish her ethics as she fights to save fellow high school students from the predations of older wicked witches. Read full book review >

THE HOMECOMING by Stacie Ramey
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A stirring close-up of a family haunted by emotional trauma. (Fiction. 12-18)"
After years of alcohol and drug abuse, John reunites with his shattered family. Read full book review >
YOU IN FIVE ACTS by Una LaMarche
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Given the current political climate, the characters' struggles with the white establishment create a poignant and timely socially conscious narrative. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Five teenagers live for their art in this coming-of-age story of achievement, ambition, and heartache. Read full book review >
BLOOD FOR BLOOD by Ryan Graudin
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Strictly for fans. (Historical fiction/fantasy. 12-16)"
Graudin returns to her what-if-Hitler-won alternate 1956, concluding the story begun in Wolf by Wolf (2015). Read full book review >
CHANGERS by T Cooper
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The identity and marginalization issues loom large, but instead of being shoehorned into side characters, they're scooped up and taken into a deeper, entertaining, fantastic narrative. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Ethan woke up his freshman year as a white girl, sophomore year as a black boy, and now junior year as a fat Asian girl named Kim. Read full book review >
FLIP THE BIRD by Kym Brunner
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An engaging story of a young teen finding what's most important in his life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Mercer Buddie is a falconer-in-training wanting desperately to earn the Best Apprentice pin and prove himself to his father at the same time. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON'S GATE by Barry Wolverton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Fans will wait with bated breath for the third book in the trilogy. (maps) (Historical fantasy. 9-14)"
In the sequel to The Vanishing Island (2015), 12-year-old Bren and his young companion, Mouse, struggle to reconcile their conflicting goals while staying true to their friendship. Read full book review >
WILDINGS by Eleanor Glewwe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Bittersweet but hopeful. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
After the revolution, the hard work begins. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >