GEMINI by Sonya Mukherjee
Released: July 26, 2016

"Compelling and suspenseful from Page 1; Clara and Hailey pull readers into their unique world and don't let go. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Twins Clara and Hailey, 17, are as close as it gets—conjoined at the lower back, entangled internally, sharing lower body sensations—but each harbors different dreams. Read full book review >
RIVERKEEP by Martin Stewart
Released: July 26, 2016

"A rich debut: Huck Finn meets Moby-Dick. (map) (Fantasy. 14-18)"
In a desperate effort to save his stricken father, naïve young Wulliam sets off down a river strewn with deadly hazards…to tackle the sea monster at its mouth. Read full book review >

THE DARKEST HOUR by Caroline Tung Richmond
Released: July 26, 2016

"Thrills, action, and the moral certainty of fighting Nazis drive this thriller. (Historical thriller. 12-14)"
A girl spy in Nazi-occupied France contends with a dastardly Nazi plot as well as treason within the Allied ranks. Read full book review >
P.S. I LIKE YOU by Kasie West
Released: July 26, 2016

"Readers after an enjoyable beach romance won't go wrong with this. (Romance. 12-16)"
What happens when your intriguing pen pal and the thorn in your side are the same person? Read full book review >
HOW TO HANG A WITCH by Adriana Mather
Released: July 26, 2016

"Pure contrivance—nothing more. (Paranormal romance. 12-16)"
When Cotton Mather's lineal descendant, several generations along, moves to modern-day Salem, Massachusetts, she triggers a curse that's been in effect since 1692. Read full book review >

UNDERSTANDING SUICIDE by Connie Goldsmith
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An effective, compassionate guide to a subject that needs one. (source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Facts counteract stigma and ignorance in this guide. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This important topic is worthy of attention, and in spite of some design flaws, this will serve middle and high school readers well. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Thousands of different types of microbes inhabit, in unimagined profusion, many parts of the human body. It's an ecosystem worth exploring. Read full book review >
NICE GIRLS ENDURE by Chris Struyk-Bonn
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Valuable for showing a miserable fat protagonist getting happier—without the seemingly obligatory weight-loss arc. (Fiction. 13-16)"
How much derision can a teen endure? Read full book review >
COURAGEOUS WOMEN OF THE CIVIL WAR by M.R. Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A solid resource. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Although most people associate the Civil War with its innumerable male participants, many brave women also found ways to serve. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSIN GAME by Kirsty McKay
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Smart, edge-of-the-seat thrills. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl joins a traditional secret murder game in her snooty boarding school only to find that the game might be more real than anyone had intended. Read full book review >
BENEATH WANDERING STARS by Ashlee Cowles
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Though a bit oversimplified at times, the story will open a portal to families with injured soldiers and propel conversations about war, identity, philosophy, and hardship. (Fiction. 14-18)"
After her older brother, Lucas, is wounded in action and rendered comatose, 17-year-old Gabriela Santiago decides to honor a promise to her brother by walking the Camino de Santiago alongside Seth Russo, the unlikeliest of companions. Read full book review >
WATCHING TRAFFIC by Jane Ozkowski
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A short, slice-of-life-style story that fans of literary fiction will find satisfying. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An unexpected romance opens up new possibilities for a young woman who's just graduated from high school in this debut novel set in small-town Ontario. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >