A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Like stockings hung by the fire, this spellbinding opus may well become a yuletide tradition. (Fantasy. 6-13)"
Young Nikolas has a grand adventure while discovering his magical destiny as Father Christmas. Read full book review >
THE INFINITY OF YOU & ME by J.Q. Coyle
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Science-fiction fans will say 'You had me at ‘multiverse,' ' while those seeking an alternative to near-future dystopias will find plenty to entertain them here. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
A teen's hallucinations signal the dawning of a genetically inherited, critically important gift for navigating the multiverse. Read full book review >

SAVING HAMLET by Molly Booth
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This entertaining and original novel deals not just with growing up, but with a fresh and different interpretation of 'to be or not to be.' (Fantasy. 12-16)"
This debut novel combines a love of Shakespeare with the very real issue of gender expectations and the difficulty of fitting into roles defined by others. Read full book review >
WINNER TAKES ALL by Suzy Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A zippy little visit with a likable 10-year-old. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Kate juggles new and old friendships. Read full book review >
THE BONE SPARROW by Zana Fraillon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"If the strong lyrical voice can't quite compensate for the plot's awkward execution, it points to a reservoir of underutilized talent in an author worth watching. (afterword) (Fiction. 9-12)"
In the Australian detention camp where he was born and still lives, Subhi, 10, a Rohingya boy, shares a crowded tent with his mother, older sister, and other refugees and dreams of an unbounded world and the Night Sea. Read full book review >

THE AMATEURS by Sara Shepard
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A twisty and ultimately satisfying romantic whodunit. (Mystery. 12-18)"
This mystery brings online friends together in their attempt to solve a murder, sparking more than one possible romance. Read full book review >
THREADS by Ami Polonsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A courageous story filled with hope. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
An urgent message for help and a family picture found in a department-store purse connect two girls, one in China, the other in the United States, and set in motion a life-saving journey. Read full book review >
RETURN OF THE CONTINUUMS by Jennifer Brody
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Will please fans of the first. (Science fiction. 12-17)"
Following The 13th Continuum (2016), Myra and Aero (and friends) journey in search of the First Continuum. Read full book review >
TEEN INCARCERATION by Patrick Jones
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An accessible, informative introduction to the topic. (photos, source notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
The complicated history and issues surrounding the punishment of teenage offenders is concisely and thoughtfully discussed in this examination of the juvenile-justice system outside and inside prison walls. Read full book review >
LEGALIZING MARIJUANA by Margaret J. Goldstein
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Almost any substance can be abused; Goldstein convincingly argues that the illegalization of marijuana is increasingly looking like what happened to the baby in the bathwater. (Nonfiction. 10-16) "
A well-tempered examination of the current standing of marijuana in the United States, with important forays into its medicinal use. Read full book review >
THE CASTRATO by Joyce Poole
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A compelling and unusual slice of European history that will be new to many young adults. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Angelo Montegne unwittingly pays a high price to study at a music conservatory in 1698 Florence in this Dutch import. Read full book review >
A CELEBRATION OF BEATRIX POTTER by Frederick Warne & Co.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Enjoyable perusing; best as an adult coffee-table book. (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
Alongside some of Beatrix Potter's own work, 32 contemporary author/illustrators each offer a testimonial and a piece of original art in homage to this grande dame of children's books. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >