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 >
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 >
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 >
Biome by Ryan Galloway
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 >

SHACKLETON by Gavin McCumiskey
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 >
TEACH ME TO FORGET by Erica M. Chapman
Released: Dec. 2, 2016

"Sadness gives way to redemption and an unforced hope in this thoughtful read. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Suicide isn't as easy as it may seem. Read full book review >
EVERYDAY MAGIC by Emily Albright
Released: Dec. 2, 2016

"It's telling that the most-uttered word is filler: 'um.' Skip it. (Romance. 13-17)"
The daughter of a Hollywood director juggles her real feelings for a charming English aristocrat and a forced publicity-stunt romance with a movie star. Read full book review >
RAISING ARCADIA by Simon Chesterman
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Though overstuffed with obscure allusions and unnecessary infodumps, this series opener is pleasurably packed with clever, solvable, well-explained puzzles; hits the spot for a mystery lover. (Mystery. 12-14)"
A 16-year-old girl detective stars in a mystery paying tribute to Sherlock Holmes. Read full book review >
MALINI by Robert Hillman
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A well-plotted, harrowing journey and an engaging, worthwhile read. (author's note, glossary, historical timeline, map) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
A young Tamil teen flees into the forest near her home in Satham, Sri Lanka, in this entry in UNICEF's Through My Eyes series, which explores through fiction the lives of young people in flash points around the world. Read full book review >
IN THE SKIN OF A MONSTER by Kathryn Barker
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A highly original, richly layered debut that will reward patient readers. (Paranormal fiction. 14 & up)"
A white teenage girl finds herself caught in a nightmare version of her own world in this affecting Australian debut. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Offering just the right amount of imagination, humor, and contemporary nuances to engage young readers, this is a must-have in science-fiction collections serving middle graders and teens. (Science fiction/short stories. 10-16)"
A diverse collection of futuristic stories set within contemporary emotional landscapes, tailor-made for millennials. 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 >