CHILDREN OF THE SPIDER by Imam Baksh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Guyanese author Baksh weaves a mesmerizing web in his debut. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Mayali is a fugitive from her home world of Zolpash, which is ruled by the Spider gods and their armies, who now have plans to invade Earth—it's up to Mayali to thwart them. Read full book review >
THE CRIMSON SKEW by S.E. Grove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A triumphant conclusion to a prodigious feat of storytelling. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The Mapmakers trilogy concludes with Sophia Tims still searching for her missing parents and, while she's at it, trying to prevent a cataclysmic war. Read full book review >

MIRROR IN THE SKY by Aditi Khorana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Like a space explorer, Tara is thrust into the uncharted territory of life and must decide how she will navigate this new part of herself. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
New friends and the discovery of a new planet cause one teen to question her life on Earth—and beyond. Read full book review >
THIS IS NOT THE END by Jesse Jordan
Released: June 14, 2016

"A wickedly funny examination of what it means to choose your own destiny. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
A teenage outcast discovers he is the key to the world's undoing. Read full book review >
READ ME LIKE A BOOK by Liz Kessler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"With an absorbing plot and believable dialogue, this novel demonstrates respect for teens' fears and desires, ending on a hopeful note that steers clear of unconvincing platitudes. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Life is messy, people are imperfect—but Ashleigh learns that love really is all you need in this bighearted story of honesty and acceptance. Read full book review >

STEEPLEJACK by A.J.  Hartley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 14, 2016

"Smart political intrigue wrapped in all the twists and turns of a good detective story makes for a rip-roaring series opener. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
This latest novel from Hartley (Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2014, etc.), his debut for teens, is social commentary masquerading as crime fiction masquerading as fantasy.Read full book review >
THE GREAT WHITE SHARK SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"This appreciative introduction to a much-maligned species will thrill readers while it encourages them to see great white sharks in a new way. (maps, bibliography, Web resources, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
"They're laid back. They're calm. They're beautiful." Read full book review >
PROPERTY OF THE STATE by Bill Cameron
Released: June 7, 2016

"An eminently satisfying series opener for mystery fans who want their downtrodden detectives to be appealing, clever, and unafraid of action. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Foster teen Joey narrates events as he slowly uncovers a convoluted mystery, with a soupçon of romance added for spice. Read full book review >
LUCKY FEW by Kathryn Ormsbee
Released: June 7, 2016

"A sweet story told with intelligence, humor, and just the right amount of kissing. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Three Austin, Texas, teenagers push the boundaries of death and friendship and discover how far they're willing to go to find meaning in their lives. Read full book review >
TRUE LETTERS FROM A FICTIONAL LIFE by Kenneth Logan
Released: June 7, 2016

"Just the right touch of humor, mystery, drama, and romance should earn this a place on every teen bookshelf. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When the truth is a secret, even friends believe the fiction. Read full book review >
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"An insightful, original take on the coming-of-age story, this novel plumbs the depths of American culture to arrive at a poignant emotional truth. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A bright, prickly teenager struggles to find her place while spending a summer exploring the contradictions of Hollywood, replete with beautiful actors, has-been pop stars, and the specter of the Manson girls. Read full book review >
THE LOOSE ENDS LIST by Carrie Firestone
Released: June 7, 2016

"A poignant and important story about compassion, love, and the decision to live life on your own terms—right up to the very last minute: all aboard. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A cancer diagnosis derails a teen's summer plans. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >