BEING A GIRL by Hayley Long
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Though it's informative and often funny, this book's appeal will ultimately be limited due to assumptions that are made about its readers. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A British author of fiction for teens offers advice to young women in this self-help guide that covers a wide variety of topics. Read full book review >
BLEED, BLISTER, PUKE, AND PURGE by J. Marin Younker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An engrossing, entertaining history of medicine for those who enjoy it told with a heavy dose of blood and guts. (photos, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
This frequently gruesome history of American medicine, from the Colonial era to the late 1800s, makes a convincing case that the worst thing a sick person could do is seek medical treatment; it could very well be lethal. Read full book review >

THE WISHING WORLD by Todd Fahnestock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Overstuffed. (Fantasy. 9-12) "
Lorelei is an 11-year-old white girl whose parents and little brother disappeared mysteriously while the family was on a camping trip in the mountains to view a comet. Read full book review >
RADIANT CHILD by Javaka Steptoe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Stellar bookmaking—a riveting portrait of a young artist. (author's note, bibliography, biography) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
Steptoe chronicles the formative years and evolving style of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a Brooklyn-born graffiti artist with a rising career in the 1980s fine arts world; coverage ceases before his untimely drug-related death at age 27. Read full book review >
JOURNEY'S END by Rachel Hawkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A gently atmospheric ghost story with an intriguing setting and an appealing trio of protagonists. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The Boundary, a legendary fog bank, hovers off the Scottish coast, drawing welcome tourists and unwelcome scientists to the picturesque village of Journey's End; but as three preteens discover, it's anything but benign. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The author asks a chilling question: can another uprooting happen? The short answer: yes. (source notes, suggested resources) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
"On a deeper level, the Second World War was about racism." Read full book review >
IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Formulaic in plot if not in format, this should fit the bill for readers looking for total escape on a weekend afternoon. (Romance. 12-18)"
A young woman revisits her many ex-boyfriends through interviews with her friends and acquaintances in this comedic romance. Read full book review >
LOST IN THE PACIFIC, 1942 by Tod Olson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A riveting, completely engrossing true survival story. (glossary, author‘s note, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Olson tells the harrowing true story of how eight men in three tiny inflatable rafts, lost in 68 million square miles of shark-infested Pacific Ocean without food or water and near enemy-held territory, survived three weeks before being rescued. Read full book review >
THE GAUNTLET by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ideal for readers who are breathlessly awaiting the next film in the Marvel superhero franchise. (Adventure. 8-13)"
With no time to assemble the Avengers, Iron Man must save the world solo in this fast-paced adventure novel. Read full book review >
IF THE MAGIC FITS by Susan Maupin Schmid
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A cheery start to a new series, this traditional-feeling fairy-tale-style fantasy will brighten the cloudiest of days. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Once upon a time, in the kingdom of Eliora by the White Sea, there lived an 11-year-old girl called Darling Dimple. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Useful for both those looking to run a poetry-writing workshop or readers looking specifically for advice with their own writing. (Poetry/nonfiction. 12-18)"
Nineteen members of a culturally diverse student poetry troupe each share their personal stories, classic poems that have inspired their writing, and a poem written specifically in response to the classic poetry selection. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF LINCOLN JONES by Wendelin Van Draanen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Readers will love Lincoln Jones. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Lincoln Jones has seen a lot in his time and is struggling to make sense of it all and still fit in in sixth grade. 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 >