SHACKLETON by Gavin McCumiskey
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Through storm, burning cold, dehydration, disease, all 28 men returned after 22 'unexpected' months at sea; the book's a success, too—no small feat for an oft-told tale. (Graphic nonfiction. 10 & up)"
History has always had its ages of exploration, but the start of the 20th century is right up there. Read full book review >
SPINDLE by E.K. Johnston
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This companion to the stellar A Thousand Nights shares the trappings but not the spirit. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A blonde, brown-skinned princess, cursed at a birthday party to a certain death and saved by a weak magic that promises sleep instead, all tied to a spindle: you know where this one is going, although this is as much reinterpretation as retelling. Read full book review >

THE FRENCH IMPRESSIONIST by Rebecca Bischoff
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A deeply unsettling portrait of love, psychological abuse, and the hell of good intentions. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Fifteen-year-old American Rosemary, desperate to escape her mother, poses as an art student to find a new family in France. Read full book review >
MIND GAMES by Heather W. Petty
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A surprise twist sets up the cracker of a cliffhanger. (Thriller. 12-15)"
The adventures of a modern Holmes and a girl Moriarty, begun in Lock & Mori (2015), continue. Read full book review >
Biome by Ryan Galloway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An indelible red-planet backdrop enhances an already rugged, tenacious story of a colony's cadets learning to rely on one another."
Part of a Mars terraforming settlement, a teenager has six days to figure out why doctors are repeatedly wiping her peers' memories—and why she's retained her own—in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >

LIFE IN MOTION by Misty Copeland
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"As Copeland fiercely reminds herself, 'This is for the little brown girls'—and any reader in need of inspiration. (Biography. 11-16)"
A ballet milestone was reached when Copeland was named the first African-American principal ballerina at American Ballet Theater. Read full book review >
CLANCY OF THE UNDERTOW by Christopher Currie
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Funny, gritty, absorbing, and occasionally depressing, this is an intriguing if occasionally melodramatic glimpse of a young Australian woman's coming-of-age. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An Australian teen copes with poverty and family problems as she fumbles toward acceptance of her lesbianism. Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE by Alexandra Monir
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Readers' credulity seems to be the required element to enjoy this messed-up mystery. (Mystery. 12-18)"
A murder mystery with a paranormal twist. Read full book review >
FOREVER, AGAIN by Victoria Laurie
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Skip. (Paranormal thriller. 12-16)"
A contemporary white teenager becomes obsessed with a 1987 murder after she discovers that she is the reincarnation of one of its principals. Read full book review >
ICELING by Sasha Stephenson
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Faced with the inconsistent plotting, indifference to geography and climate, and sloppy execution, readers are more likely to abandon this series opener halfway than to wait for Volume 2. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Discovered by scientists in the Canadian Arctic and later adopted, a group of speechless but intense and powerful teens compel their older siblings to return them to that site a decade and a half later. Read full book review >
SP4RX by Wren McDonald
Kirkus Star
by Wren McDonald, illustrated by Wren McDonald
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A pulls-no-punches techno-thriller; think Mr. Robot meets The Stepford Wives. (Graphic science fiction. 15 & up)"
In a gritty future, hackers must fight an evil corporation trying to turn humans into mechanically altered zombies. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE by Stacey Lee
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"This imaginative and sweet coming-of-age tale is infused with the magic of first love. (Magical realism. 12-16)"
The daughter and apprentice of a famous magic-worker who helps others fall in love doesn't know the feeling herself. 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 >