LIGHT OF DAY by Allison van Diepen
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Readers who like their romance on the gritty side will fall for van Diepen's steamy thriller. (Thriller. 14-18)"
An outspoken young radio host teams up with a brave-but-secretive stranger to solve a missing-girl mystery. Read full book review >
PROMISES I MADE by Michelle Zink
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Riveting. (Thriller. 12-18)"
In this sequel to Lies I Told (2014), Grace tries to atone for the major theft she helped her adoptive parents commit.Read full book review >

THE HUMAN BODY by H.P. Newquist
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"An arbitrary, loosely organized logjam of discoveries and successes, swept along on currents of relentless optimism. (resource list, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
An exploration, festooned with period images, of the ways medicine and medical technology have historically healed, restored, and strengthened us. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF LIVES by James Dashner
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A fitting end to an exceptional trilogy. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
After narrowly escaping the villainous Tangent Kaine's clutches at the conclusion of The Rule of Thoughts (2014), Michael, Bryson, and Sarah are joined by Michael's old nanny, Helga, and a group of rebel Tangents to thwart Kaine's evil plans once and for all. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH by Mandy Hubbard
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Harmless wish-fulfillment for romance fans. (Romance. 12-18)"
A Cinderella story set near modern-day Seattle brings a poor girl together with a handsome, uber-rich, famous guy. Read full book review >

CALVIN by Martine Leavitt
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Equal parts coming-of-age tale, survival adventure, and love story, this outstanding novel also sensitively deals with an uncommon but very real teen issue, making it far more than the sum of its parts. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Calvin's personality seems to have been destined: he was born on the day comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" ended, his grandfather gave the infant a Hobbes-like tiger toy that was his constant childhood companion, and his best (and only) friend was always Susie. Read full book review >
THE YEARBOOK by Carol Masciola
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"An entertaining, undemanding time-travel romance. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
A troubled girl in foster care believes she has finally found where she belongs when she travels in time back to 1923. Read full book review >
THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH by Courtney C. Stevens
Released: Nov. 13, 2015

"A good emotional wallow. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl survives a crash that killed her dear friend but must live with the emotional and physical scars. Read full book review >
UNFORGIVEN by Lauren Kate
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Engaging enough to keep Kate's legions of fans happy. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
The long-standing Fallen series continues with bad boy fallen angel Cam trying to win back his lost love from ancient Israel, entering into a deal with the devil to do it. Read full book review >
THE TRILOGY OF TWO by Juman Malouf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A sketchy, underthought epic, as mannered and artificial as the illustrations. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
In this ambitious debut, two preteen circus musicians visit hidden worlds and uncover not only family secrets, but a scheme to rob this world's children of all their talents. Read full book review >
CHILD CONVICTS by Net Brennan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A captivating introduction to a history that's not so well-known on this side of the Pacific. (timeline, bibliography of non-U.S. titles, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
American readers may be vaguely aware that the British first settled Australia with convicts, but that some of these prisoners were not even in their teens may come as a shock. Read full book review >
THIS WAY HOME by Wes Moore
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A taut, haunting tragedy. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Lifelong best friends and basketball teammates Elijah, Dylan, and Michael become reluctantly entangled with a Baltimore street gang. 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 >