EXPOSING TORTURE by Hal Marcovitz
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though none of the issues presented is explored in any great depth, this overview provides readers with a useful starting place for further exploration. (glossary, timeline, source notes, bibliography, websites, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
This overview delves into the history of torture, from the flayings, burnings and other brutal methods used in ancient societies to the psychological and sexual torture of the 21st century, and tackles complex ethical and moral questions. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE FIRE by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2015

"Grand, heartbreaking, ennobling and unforgettable. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
This follow-up to the acclaimed The Story of Owen (2014) is part adventure, part alternative history, part friendship story, part ecological fable and all heroic saga.Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 2015

"A chilling exposé. (Nonfiction. 13-18)"
So very rarely is anything perfect, but when the legal process malfunctions, the result can be the horror of unjust incarceration. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL by Simon Schwartz
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though important both culturally and historically, unfortunately what should be haunting is less than. (glossary, timeline, map) (Graphic memoir. 12-18)"
A stark and pensive glimpse at a young boy's family as they immigrate to West Berlin prior to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >
ROCK THE BOAT by Sigmund Brouwer
Released: March 1, 2015

"A quick read for music lovers. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A young musician tries to break into the business in Nashville and becomes entrapped by a shady producer. Read full book review >

PAINLESS by S.A. Harazin
Released: March 1, 2015

"A tad predictable but emotionally engaging nonetheless. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen who can't feel physical pain goes through some significant emotional trauma. Read full book review >
DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN by Elizabeth Fixmer
Released: March 1, 2015

"An absorbing treatment of a fascinating subject. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl slowly realizes that she must escape the religious cult in which she has grown up. Read full book review >
DISAPPEAR HOME by Laura Hurwitz
Released: March 1, 2015

"This realistic debut inspires with a grounded heroine who comes of age as she 'disappears home.' (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A teen growing up in an out-of-control hippie commune in Oregon in 1970 discovers what it's like to have a stable home when she's transplanted to rural California. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2015

"A good starting point for further research. (glossary, notes, bibliography) (Collective biography. 12-16)"
A compact but dense book supplies facts and legends surrounding approximately 20 women in the American Colonies who furthered the cause of the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >
BIGGIE by Derek E. Sullivan
Released: March 1, 2015

"A bighearted story that will have readers rooting for Henry 'Biggie' Abbott. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In Sullivan's debut novel, an obese and lonely high school boy dreams of love, pitching a perfect game and finding his place in the world. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A convincing invitation to the wide world of working with animals. (glossary, resources, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
A pair of enthusiastic animal lovers provide a comprehensive introduction to zoology, a description of potential careers and suggestions for hands-on activities for learning or practicing. Read full book review >
CHILI QUEEN by Marian Martinello
Released: March 1, 2015

"Martinello's storytelling is compelling and will engage particularly voracious readers of historical fiction, but due to the essentially bland subject matter and the unfortunate design, it lacks broad appeal. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
Selling chili on the plaza with her mother and sister at night, Lupe wonders why her family is barely getting by: The quality of their food rivals that of any competitor on the square, so why do other stands bring in crowds of customers while her family serves only a steady trickle? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >