Released: Nov. 28, 2015

"The concept is full of promise, but the product ultimately disappoints. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Since her father left China to work years ago on building a Canadian railroad, then disappeared, teenager Li Jun tries to fulfill a promise made to her dying mother to find him. Read full book review >
SOULSHIFTER by Barbara Pietron
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Late excitement can't save this flat story. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
A boy faces the dark god of the dead as he tries to rescue a missing girl from hell. Read full book review >

PROMISES I MADE by Michelle Zink
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Riveting. (Thriller. 12-18)"
In this sequel to Lies I Told (2014), Grace tries to atone for the major theft she helped her adoptive parents commit.Read full book review >
LIGHT OF DAY by Allison van Diepen
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Readers who like their romance on the gritty side will fall for van Diepen's steamy thriller. (Thriller. 14-18)"
An outspoken young radio host teams up with a brave-but-secretive stranger to solve a missing-girl mystery. Read full book review >
RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES by Kate McGovern
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"McGovern tackles uncertainty in an array of forms—illness, college, career, love—with ethnically diverse characters and occasionally memorable phrases, but through Rose's often self-centered point of view, the result is uneven. (Fiction. 14-18)"
"My mother is my crystal ball," declares 17-year-old Rose Levenson. She's right in more ways than she believes. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"It's far from a must-read, but it's not without some appeal for readers looking for a romance with slightly higher stakes than the usual. (Romantic thriller. 14-18)"
When friendship turns into love, the path is rarely smooth—especially when there's a third party involved. Read full book review >
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

"Harmless wish-fulfillment for romance fans. (Romance. 12-18)"
A Cinderella story set near modern-day Seattle brings a poor girl together with a handsome, uber-rich, famous guy. Read full book review >
STRANGE GIRL by Christopher Pike
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Pensive teen readers might appreciate the book's philosophical questions about the concept of advaita, the recognition of one's 'true self,' but this work better suits Pike's original fans—fans who are far removed from the teenage experience. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
An enigmatic new arrival turns the life of a high school rocker upside down. Read full book review >
UNTIL THE END by Abbi Glines
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Rough and raw. (Romance. 16 & up)"
This new installment in the Sea Breeze series highlights abusive families, romance, and sex—quite a lot of it. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF LIVES by James Dashner
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A fitting end to an exceptional trilogy. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
After narrowly escaping the villainous Tangent Kaine's clutches at the conclusion of The Rule of Thoughts (2014), Michael, Bryson, and Sarah are joined by Michael's old nanny, Helga, and a group of rebel Tangents to thwart Kaine's evil plans once and for all. 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 >
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 >