BET YOUR LIFE by Jane Casey
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A perfectly serviceable potboiler. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Teen gumshoe Jess Tennant investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding a local boy's "accident." Read full book review >
DINOSAUR BOY by Cory Putman Oakes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An entertaining barrel ride past sheaves of middle-grade themes from bullying to racial identity. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Just getting to his seat in fifth grade becomes an ordeal for Sawyer after he develops the tail and back plates of a stegosaurus over the summer. Read full book review >

FINDING SERENDIPITY by Angelica Banks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An original, wholehearted affirmation of the written word and the imagination. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A middle-grade fantasy about the magic in writing stories. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN ZERO by Chris Rylander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Both established fans of Agent Zero and those new to the series will surely find Carson a funny and endearing mini-Bond, right down to the supercool gadgets. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Fresh off a stint as an "actual, real-life" secret agent who almost singlehandedly saved the world, Carson Fender, aka Agent Zero, is having trouble adjusting to post-mission life as an ordinary seventh-grader back in North Dakota. Read full book review >
DOUBLEBORN by Toby Forward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Nevertheless, with its gorgeous language and thoughtful themes, this is a book to be savored rather than devoured. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Mirrors and magic collide in this third volume of a lyrical fantasy quartet. Read full book review >

THIS SIDE OF HOME by Renée Watson
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Here's hoping Watson's teen debut will be followed by many more. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The summer before Maya and Nikki's senior year of high school brings new challenges as their previously all-black neighborhood becomes attractive to other ethnic groups. Read full book review >
RED BUTTERFLY by A.L. Sonnichsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An adoption story that's rich in family complexities and that readers won't abandon. (author's note) (Verse/fiction. 8-12)"
Set against the backdrop of China's one-child policy, this emotional debut novel-in-verse reveals how one girl refuses to be left behind. Read full book review >
THE QUESTION OF MIRACLES by Elana K. Arnold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A quiet, affecting journey rendered with keen insight. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Hoping for one particular miracle leads Iris to discover that life may be a series of them. Read full book review >
VILLAIN KEEPER by Laurie McKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A promising new series gets off to a shaky start; here's hoping subsequent volumes smooth out the ride. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Determined to gain both his father's approval and the title of Elite Paladin, 12-year-old Prince Caden embarks on a quest to slay a dragon—and ends up in a different and very strange universe. Read full book review >
INVADED by Melissa Landers
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"The last few pages set up the inevitable sequel; if it is as entertaining as this tale, it can't come soon enough. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Romance takes a back seat to suspense in this sequel to Alienated (2014).Read full book review >
GEEK GIRL by Holly Smale
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Choppy writing and stereotyped characters combine for a fluffy mess. (Chick lit. 12-16)"
A transformation comedy from a debut author who seems to be aiming to become the next Louise Rennison. Read full book review >
BEASTKEEPER by Cat Hellisen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A wild, unique fairy tale. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A girl untangles family curses that cause desertion and bitterness—and transformation into beasts. 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 >