SNOWBIRDS by Crissa-Jean Chappell
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"The ending feels a bit pat and safe, yet this novel will still find readers. (Mystery. 14-17)"
The disappearance of her friend will send a Mennonite girl on a journey of discovery. Read full book review >
IF YOU WERE HERE by Jennie Yabroff
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"A lukewarm work of realism layered with elements of fantasy and mystery. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Tess who could see the future. Read full book review >

NOW I KNOW IT'S NOT MY FAULT by Laurie B. Levine
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"An infuriating, frightening, and compassionate story of abuse."
A vulnerable 14-year-old girl becomes the victim of a beloved teacher in Levine's debut novel. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A novel to savor long after it ends. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The talented author of More Happy than Not (2015) returns with a moving novel that explores friendship, grief, and trust among four young men. Read full book review >
FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A slow-burning, classic tale with too few fireworks at the end. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A young girl with the power of fire running through her veins must save a kingdom ruled by the evil Frost King. Read full book review >

MARTIANS ABROAD by Carrie Vaughn
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Reading far more like a book for young teenagers than one with a strictly adult audience, this easygoing adventure has an affable appeal."
Vaughn (Dreams of the Golden Age, 2014, etc.) offers a stand-alone that finds a Martian colonist struggling to adapt to life on Earth. Read full book review >
THE RADIUS OF US by Marie Marquardt
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A rushed ending is only a small distraction in this otherwise eye-opening story. (Fiction. 14-18)"
As in Dream Things True (2015), Marquardt explores the American dream, this time through the lenses of two traumatized teens. Read full book review >
DRAWN AWAY by Holly Bennett
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A definite crowd-pleaser for fairy-tale enthusiasts and fantasy lovers. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
The Little Match Girl finds her way to modern-day Canada in this haunting adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's bleakest fairy tale. Read full book review >
UNDEFEATED by Steve Sheinkin
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Superb nonfiction that will entertain as it informs. (source notes, works cited, acknowledgments, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Young readers of this biography may be surprised that Jim Thorpe, an athlete they may never have heard of, was once considered "the best athlete on the planet." Read full book review >
PHOENIX RISING by Bryony Pearce
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Thrilling steamship adventure overcomes wobbly worldbuilding. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
A pirate ship plies the garbage-strewn and poisonous seas of a late 21st century finally recovering from the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Read full book review >
CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Brimming with plot twists and highly likely to please Roth's fans. (Science fiction/fantasy. 14 & up) "
Two teens fight for their freedom and their lives in Roth's new intergalactic adventure. Read full book review >
STONE MIRRORS by Jeannine Atkins
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A fascinating, tantalizing glimpse. (bibliography) (Verse historical fiction. 12-18)"
Edmonia Lewis was a noted African-American sculptor whose career begins in this verse novel set in the late 1800s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >