THE VOLUME OF POSSIBLE ENDINGS by Barbara Else
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"An entertaining romp, more comical than scary and with a poignant but hopeful close. (endpaper map) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
One child raised in secret and another assembled from mechanical and magical parts find themselves enmeshed in a deadly scheme to usurp the throne of Fontania in this high-spirited second sequel to The Traveling Restaurant (2012).Read full book review >
PLACE HACKING by Michael J. Rosen
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"From the cockamamie (extreme ironing) to daredevilry (rooftopping) to a fine day out (catacomb rambling), a taste of unbridled adventure for everyone. (Nonfiction. 13-16)"
A hodgepodge of adventuring activities designed for urban settings gathered under the rubric "hacking," as in the old sense of "play[ing] a sophisticated practical joke on a community," though considerably more inclusive here. Read full book review >

RUNNING DRY by Stuart A. Kallen
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Cogent of topic, but for readability, it's aptly titled. (source notes, multimedia resource lists, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
In urgent tones, a call for action as climate change and continuing waste and pollution of available fresh water pose imminent threats to human health and agriculture. Read full book review >
THE RUBY AIRSHIP by Sharon Gosling
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Steampunk fans will enjoy the action-packed, takes-itself-seriously silliness. (Steampunk. 12-16)"
A former jewel thief acrobatically attempts to rescue an entire circus while one corner of her love triangle chases her down in a ruby-powered airship and villains build evil mechanical armies. Read full book review >
THE BELL BETWEEN WORLDS by Ian Johnstone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Tailor-made for readers who prefer their coming-of-age fantasies thick, straightforward of plot, and unencumbered by complications or moral conundrums. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A preteen with a hidden heritage runs from slavering Ghorhund and into the arms of his destiny when a huge bell that few can hear summons him to a parallel world. Read full book review >

ALL THE ANSWERS by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This sympathetic protagonist offers children a mostly successful look at clinical anxiety. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When 12-year-old Ava Anderson finds a magic pencil in the kitchen junk drawer, geometry becomes a lot easier—and her life becomes much more complicated. Read full book review >
ARES by George O'Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"What family doesn't have its little disagreements? Thank goodness the Olympians have many. (family tree, afterword, discussion questions, source notes). (Graphic mythology. 8-14)"
In the latest of his inimitable Olympians series, O'Connor comes around to Ares and the Trojan War. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE by Kat Yeh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Filled with enough characters and plot for two novels, Yeh's nimbly voiced, combination fish-out-of-water, personal transformation and emotional family tale is also stuffed with charm. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old GiGi moves from a trailer park in South Carolina to an upscale community on Long Island, she decides to reinvent herself. Read full book review >
WOVEN by Michael Jensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A sure bet for high-fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In a world where reality is created on looms and woven into complex tapestries, Nels' life dangles from a single vulnerable thread. Read full book review >
I'M GLAD I DID by Cynthia Weill
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Mystery, romance and insider music-industry detail distinguish this intriguing 1960s coming-of-age story. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
An aspiring songwriter accepts a summer job with a music publisher in 1963 New York City, where she learns about her family, her friends and herself. Read full book review >
ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Will appeal not only to psychological-thriller fans, but to those who want a little glamour, some A-list social politics and a bit of high school nastiness mixed in with their suspense. (Thriller. 12-14)"
A 16-year-old Army brat, unpleasantly in the public eye, copes with grief over her dead mother and fears for her own mental health. Read full book review >
BOOK OF THE DEAD by Michael Northrop
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Funny and smart, Alex and Ren are excellent companions for this fast-paced and scorpion-filled ride. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Scholastic launches its latest multiplatform series, this one steeped in ancient Egyptian magic. 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 >