THE INQUISITION by Taran Matharu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A fast-paced, familiar tale with strong echoes of Tolkien, Pullman, and Pokémon. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
An underdog and his unlikely companions go to war in this sequel to The Novice (2015). Read full book review >
THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH by Claire Fayers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A robust debut, well stocked with heroic exploits, monsters, pirates, explosions, magical transformations, and life-changing adventures, and a promising series starter. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
For two young fugitives, being captured by pirates is only the first step in an epic quest for a fabled trove of gold and magic. Read full book review >

NEXT ROUND by John Spray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Readers will marvel at Biyarslanov's resilience and pluck. (Biography. 10-14)"
No one chooses to be a refugee from a war-torn homeland, but if that is the hand you are dealt, try Arthur Biyarslanov's approach. Read full book review >
A NEW CLASS by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Typical middle school experiences for young Padawans, featuring crushes, quizzes, and food fights highlighted by a climactic lightsaber duel in the hallway. (Graphic science fiction. 8-12)"
A midterm transfer to the Jedi Academy campus on Coruscant not only supercharges Victor Starspeeder's dreams of becoming a Jedi Knight, but teaches him how to tell bad friends from good. Read full book review >
DOLLARS & SENSE by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An informative primer on how money functions that doesn't trigger the dismal science's snooze button. (glossary, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A sporty guide to the wide, weird world of money. Read full book review >

THE <i>LEFT-HANDED FATE</i> by Kate Milford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rich and strange of place and premise; suspenseful and thought-provoking. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
An ancient inscription and a handful of inscrutable artifacts plunge three young people into both the War of 1812 and a much larger, older conflict. Read full book review >
I AM DRUMS by Mike Grosso
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This is a worthy and entertaining read about how talent develops and what the potential consequences of pursuing it are: drumroll, please, for a fine homage to spirited single-mindedness. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Sam hears drumbeats in her head, so it's hard for her to think about anything but her passionate need to become an accomplished drummer. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL BLUE WORLD by Suzanne LaFleur
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant. (Fiction. 10-14)"
War is raging in Sofarende, and it will have profound and devastating effects on 12-year-old Mathilde. No one is safe. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"High appeal for both athletes and those who support LGBTQ rights. (timeline, source notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Hope is found in the past for present and future athletes who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning/queer, or other. Read full book review >
UGLY by Robert Hoge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An apt choice for collections that already have stronger alternatives, such as R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012). (Memoir. 8-12)"
A memoir of the first 14 years in the life of Australian Robert Hoge, born with stunted legs and a tumor in the middle of his face. Read full book review >
BOUNCE by Megan Shull
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An over-the-top Christmas confection. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Frannie Hudson, an anxiety-ridden 12-year-old white girl, is about to have the strangest Christmas of her life. Read full book review >
BAD GIRLS OF FASHION by Jennifer Croll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Richly detailed and engagingly written, Croll's captivating study is sure both to enlighten and embolden fashion-minded youth. (index, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-17)"
A probing look at influential women in fashion history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >