Legend of the Blood Raven by D.C. McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"While treading familiar terrain, this tale about a league of warriors remains unquestionably appealing, rousing, and worthy of a sequel."
Dwarves band together with humans and elves to stop an evil sorcerer involved in massacring kingdoms and stealing souls in this fantasy. Read full book review >
Girls Can't Be Knights by Lee French
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 3, 2015

"A clever, feel-good opening to a fantasy series with a tenacious heroine."
The start of a new YA series features a teen orphan and a protective brotherhood of Spirit Knights. Read full book review >

Hazelwood Academy by Daniel Bandor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2016

"A derivative take on the magical boarding school novel that offers little entertainment."
In this YA fantasy novel, students attend a magical boarding school where they learn spells, play Mageball, and contend against evil forces. Read full book review >
SAVING HAMLET by Molly Booth
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This entertaining and original novel deals not just with growing up, but with a fresh and different interpretation of 'to be or not to be.' (Fantasy. 12-16)"
This debut novel combines a love of Shakespeare with the very real issue of gender expectations and the difficulty of fitting into roles defined by others. Read full book review >
FLIP THE BIRD by Kym Brunner
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An engaging story of a young teen finding what's most important in his life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Mercer Buddie is a falconer-in-training wanting desperately to earn the Best Apprentice pin and prove himself to his father at the same time. Read full book review >

JESS, CHUNK, AND THE ROAD TRIP TO INFINITY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Well-meaning and timely but not as strong as Meredith Russo's If I Was Your Girl and Brie Spangler's Beast (both 2016). (Fiction. 12-16)"
A trans girl artist goes on a road trip with her fat best friend and publicly dresses as her true self for the first time. Read full book review >
OF FIRE AND STARS by Audrey Coulthurst
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A romantic fantasy that will appeal to those who appreciate character-driven novels. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Murder, mayhem, magic, romance—and horses, lots of horses! Read full book review >
TRANSCENDENT by Katelyn Detweiler
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A fascinating answer to the '…but then what?' that lingers at the end of Immaculate. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Detweiler (Immaculate, 2015) returns to explore the premise of another miracle incarnate (like mother, like daughter). Read full book review >
CREEP CON by Kim Firmston
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Uneven though worthy in message. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A cautionary tale about male sexual entitlement. Read full book review >
SOMETHING IN BETWEEN by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Typical teen drama elevated by its exploration of a complex social issue but hampered by an unrealistically feel-good conclusion. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
Jasmine de los Santos, an overachieving 16-year-old immigrant from the Philippines, looks forward to a vibrant future, until she discovers a family secret that threatens to take away her American dream. Read full book review >
TO STAY ALIVE by Skila Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A solid introduction to a somber episode in American history. (dramatis personae) (Historical verse/fiction. 11-15)"
A fictional account of the Donner Party's ill-fated attempt to cross the Sierra Nevada in 1846. Read full book review >
AVENGED by E.E. Cooper
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A taut thriller about a psychopath loose in the halls of a suburban high school. (Mystery. 14-18)"
There are mean girls and queen bees—and then there's Britney Matson, who makes the rest look like hopeless amateurs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >