CALVIN by Martine Leavitt
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Equal parts coming-of-age tale, survival adventure, and love story, this outstanding novel also sensitively deals with an uncommon but very real teen issue, making it far more than the sum of its parts. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Calvin's personality seems to have been destined: he was born on the day comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" ended, his grandfather gave the infant a Hobbes-like tiger toy that was his constant childhood companion, and his best (and only) friend was always Susie. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A bright, perceptive bildungsroman with a distinctive setting. (Graphic memoir. 14 & up)"
Humor and youthful angst lighten this graphic memoir of life in a country pulled strongly in different directions by conflicts between Western and conservative Muslim values. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A stellar voice to watch. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Easygoing Vermonter Andrew discovers the complexities of spirituality and sexuality in this heartfelt debut. Read full book review >
SONDHEIM by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Musical-theater lovers, whether front-of-curtain, backstage, or audience, will revel in this journey in which 'Every moment makes a contribution / Every little detail plays a part.' (list of shows, film scores, bibliography, videography, discography, source notes) (Biography. 12-18)"
With a deft hand and unbridled admiration for her subject, Rubin presents the career of a musical theater giant. Read full book review >
SEE NO COLOR by Shannon Gibney
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An exceptionally accomplished debut. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Biracial Alex, 16, high school baseball star and pride of her white, adoptive father and coach, sidesteps thinking about her parentage and racial identity, lying to finesse uncomfortable issues—but hiding her adoptive status from Reggie, an attractive, black player on an opposing team, troubles her. Read full book review >

MY SENECA VILLAGE by Marilyn Nelson
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Artfully crafted, an engrossing and important collection of memories and moments from a pivotal time in American history. (foreword, notes on poetic forms) (Historical fiction/poetry. 10 & up)"
The little-known story of the settlement that preceded Central Park. Read full book review >
The Improbable Wonders of  Moojie Littleman by Robin Gregory
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A lively, original take on a story of a boy with more limits—and more magic—than most."
In this YA coming-of-age novel, a disabled boy goes to live on his grandfather's farm, meets a mysterious clan, and discovers special powers. Read full book review >
ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome. (Science fiction. 13 & up) "
In the wake of an interstellar incident, a post-mortem dossier comprising interview transcripts, memos, instant-messaging transcripts, diary entries, and more is assembled in this mammoth series opener. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Gothic, gadget-y, gay: a socially conscious sci-fi thriller to shelve between The Terminator and Romeo and Juliet. (Science fiction. 12-17)"
Same-sex dating is tricky when your dad is a right-wing political figure. Then there's that whole robot-fueled terrorist attack thing threatening to directly strike at any second. Read full book review >
Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz by Shannon Watters
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"An entertaining testament to the enduring richness of 'Peanuts' and the creativity it still inspires."
Celebrated cartoonists interpret the look, legacy, and worldview of the "Peanuts" comic strip in this vibrant homage to its creator.Read full book review >
FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A fresh, smart, inventive, and altogether impressive debut. (Romance. 11-16)"
YouTube personality Mills (aka vlogger Elmify) debuts with a novel that mixes football and romance. Read full book review >
MARTIANS by Blythe Woolston
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A gorgeous and gut-wrenchingly familiar depiction of the entropic fragmentation of society. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
A 15-year-old girl supports herself with a retail job as her close-to-reality dystopia spirals into hilariously surreal (yet tragic) chaos. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >