THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC by Connie Goldsmith
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An arresting, illuminating, and unlikely-to-be-forgotten story. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Welcome to the you-better-be-Brave New World of emergent viruses. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES by Rebecca Podos
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This heartfelt and page-turning debut introduces readers to a whip-smart and wise heroine. (Mystery. 13-18)"
The daughter of a bestselling mystery author turns to her favorite literary sleuths for inspiration to find her missing father. Read full book review >

TO CATCH A CHEAT by Varian Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A doctored video showing Jackson Greene and his eighth-grade friends sneaking in to clog Maplewood Middle School toilets pulls the former prankster and his crew into an elaborate set of strategies to catch the perpetrator and foil a couple of would-be cheaters in the process. Read full book review >
THE MEMORY OF LIGHT by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Following Schneider Award-winning Marcelo in the Real World (2009), Stork further marks himself as a major voice in teen literature by delivering one of his richest and most emotionally charged novels yet.(Fiction. 12 & up)"
After a failed suicide attempt, 16-year-old Vicky Cruz wakes up in a hospital's mental ward, where she must find a path to recovery—and maybe rescue some others. Read full book review >
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT by Paul Rudnick
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Hilarious, irresistible, and oh so timely. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Caitlin Mary Prudence Rectitude Singleberry leads a wholesome, home-schooled life in Parsippany, New Jersey, and enjoys performing with her family (the Singing Singleberries) while waiting to hear from the 12 colleges she's applied to, so what is she doing in jail with her nose pierced, neon hair, and a tattoo?Read full book review >

WE ARE THE ANTS by Shaun David Hutchinson
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Bitterly funny, with a ray of hope amid bleakness. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Extraterrestrials offer depressed, acerbic Henry Denton the chance to save the Earth from certain destruction by pressing a red button. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ACE by Marilyn Nelson
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Readers will join Nelson's protagonist in quietly hoping for that healing, too. (Verse fiction. 12-16)"
When will the Constitution's racial fractions become a healthy whole? Read full book review >
MY NAME IS NOT FRIDAY by Jon Walter
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A heartbreaking story about family, justice, and the resilience of the human spirit. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Samuel, a freeborn black orphan, is sold into slavery during the height of the Civil War. Read full book review >
SPACE JUNK by Karen Romano Young
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Between her well-tempered writing style and her atypical subject, Young will have readers enthralled. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Humans have polluted the land, the seas, the top of Mount Everest—next stop: outer space. Read full book review >
THE ONLY CHILD by Guojing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Rare is the book containing great emotional depth that truly resonates across a span of ages: this is one such. (author's note) (Picture book. 5 & up)"
Left alone when her mother leaves for work, a child amuses herself with television, dolls, and a toy deer before boarding a bus for her grandmother's house. Read full book review >
NOT IF I SEE YOU FIRST by Eric Lindstrom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An unflinching exploration of trust, friendship, and grief. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
"Rule #1: Don't deceive me. Ever.…Rule #INFINITY: There are NO second chances." Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An invaluable resource for all young people on a gender quest. (supplemental Web content) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
An open-ended workbook offers young people questioning their gender identity tools for thinking, feeling, and strategizing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >