BRACED by Alyson Gerber
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Comparisons to Judy Blume's Deenie (1973) might be inevitable, but Rachel stands admirably on her own. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Both the literal and figurative senses of the word "spine" form the backbone of Gerber's debut. Read full book review >
A HOUSE WITHOUT MIRRORS by Mårten Sandén
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"A thought-provoking read that will linger long after the last page. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Family dysfunction receives mystical resolution in this Swedish import by Astrid Lindgren winner Sandén. Read full book review >

THE LOTTERYS PLUS ONE by Emma Donoghue
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"For all the Lotterys' apparent eccentricity, the novel delves into universal themes of family relationships that will resonate with readers from all backgrounds. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Lotterys, a family very much of our century, star in this story about the true meaning of acceptance and belonging. Read full book review >
DEAD LITTLE MEAN GIRL by Eva Darrows
Released: March 28, 2017

"Another smart, savage winner from the author of The Awesome (2015). (Fiction. 13-16)"
What begins as a dark comedy, with a viciously cruel cheerleader found dead (clad only in a coconut-shell bra and a grass miniskirt), takes a surprise flashback turn into raw emotional honesty. Read full book review >
STAR SCOUTS by Mike Lawrence
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"All scouts—and readers—must now raise their right hands and solemnly swear to read this. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
An alien abduction goes a long way toward curing Avani's new-kid blues. Read full book review >

NEMESIS by Brendan Reichs
Released: March 21, 2017

"Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel. (Thriller. 12-16)"
Reichs follows up his Virals series (co-written with his mother, Kathy Reichs) with a new series about imminent human extinction. Read full book review >
WHAT A WASTE! by Claire Eamer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A smart overall survey sprinkled with choice nuggets of garbage lore. Dig in. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Eamer proves that garbage can both be highly entertaining and serve as a backdrop to the human story. Read full book review >
OUT OF WONDER by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A magnificent exploration of the poetic imagination. (Picture book/poetry. 8-14)"
Powerhouse poet Alexander, along with friends Colderley and Wentworth, offers a culturally rich collection of poetic tributes that extends the legacies of poets from around the globe. Read full book review >
BRONZE AND SUNFLOWER by Cao Wenxuan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Readers of all ages should be prepared to laugh, cry, and sigh with satisfaction. (historical note, author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Set during China's Cultural Revolution (1960s-70s), this import follows the trials and tribulations of a poor, rural family. Read full book review >
AMINA'S VOICE by Hena Khan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A perfect first book for this new Muslim imprint. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A Pakistani-American girl starting middle school learns how to cope with the changes and challenges she faces at home, at school, and within her close-knit Muslim community. Read full book review >
WHEN MY SISTER STARTED KISSING by Helen Frost
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Frost pulls out all the stops in this heartwarming tale of family in the remaking: everything a novel-in-poems should be. (Verse fiction. 10-16)"
A young girl and her sister share a pivotal summer at the lake with their family. Read full book review >
HELLO, UNIVERSE by Erin Entrada Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"An original and resonant exploration of interconnectedness and friendship. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The lives of several middle school children intersect one summer day, as if by fate. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >