ISABELLE DAY REFUSES TO DIE OF A BROKEN HEART by Jane St. Anthony
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Stories for the middle-grade audience that deal with the suicide of a parent are few, and this one, sensitive but never syrupy, stands out. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Although spunky Isabelle refuses to die of a broken heart, sometimes it seems like it might happen anyway. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The visual element gives this memoir particular immediacy for audiences who 'don't understand what is happening right now, to kids just like them.' (Graphic memoir. 10-14)"
An ex-child soldier tells his horrifying tale, beginning with being kidnapped at the age of 5 and forced to kill his best friend. Read full book review >

SMART AND SPINELESS by Ann Downer
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Science facts more surprising than science fiction for teen readers. (endnotes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The lack of a spine, or even a brain, doesn't keep invertebrates from learning, remembering, and solving problems. Read full book review >
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A flawed yet worthy examination of undocumented immigration in the American South through the lens of young love. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Alma and Evan are teenagers living drastically different versions of the American dream in the southern United States. Read full book review >
A 52-HERTZ WHALE by Bill Sommer
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This briefest of novels might have been more satisfying as a robust short story. (Epistolary novel. 12-15)"
An open-ended meditation on loneliness and connection, told in crisscrossing email threads. Read full book review >

THE FLINKWATER FACTOR by Pete Hautman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fast, funny episodes featuring creative takes on close-to-reality science. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
Hautman's latest features wacky adventures in a near-future small town packed with engineers. Read full book review >
CATCH THE ZOLT by Phillip Gwynne
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers won over by Dom will hope the next installment brings some clarity to the over-the-top plot. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Imported from Australia, this volume kicks off a series chronicling how one young man deals with a highly unusual family legacy that goes back generations. Read full book review >
TRUEST by Jackie Lea Sommers
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A satisfyingly realistic portrait of small-town life and one girl's spiritual and emotional maturation within it. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A girl looks for definition during the undefinable time before her senior year of high school. Read full book review >
VENGEANCE ROAD by Erin Bowman
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The novel starts with a bang in an interesting setting, but it quickly fizzles into melodrama. (Historical romance. 12-18)"
Kate Thompson seeks revenge at any cost after her father is killed by a gang of robbers who believe he had information about a mythical gold mine. Read full book review >
LAST NIGHT AT THE CIRCLE CINEMA by Emily Franklin
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An ambitious failure. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Three best friends spend the night before graduation in a run-down movie house. Read full book review >
STATE OF GRACE by Hilary Badger
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Most intriguing and provocative. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
Would people truly be happy if they could return to the Garden of Eden before the Fall? A girl lives blissfully within such a world, convinced she and everything else was created by Dot, her beloved deity. Read full book review >
HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Jennifer E.  Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Another smart and savvy book to add to Smith's oeuvre. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Tomorrow Clare and Aidan head to colleges at opposite ends of the country, leaving just 12 hours to decide whether to break up now or, as they fear, to allow distance and change to do it for them—either way, it's going to be a long night. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >