Thieves of the Black Sea by Joe  O'Neill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A satisfying, action-packed return to the world of the Red Hand and a daring trio."
In this fourth volume of an adventure series, a resourceful Moroccan orphan named Tariq and his loyal friends set out to return an ancient diary to its rightful home. Read full book review >
TIME TO HEAL by Todd McClimans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 2, 2016

"A well-constructed, compelling addition to an ongoing time-travel tale."
McClimans (Time Underground, 2015, etc.) returns to the time-traveling adventures of teens Kristi Connors and Ty Jordan in this third volume of his YA sci-fi series.Read full book review >

Telepath by Janet Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2016

"A fresh, nuanced examination of the human desire to define itself in the face of societal norms."
This sci-fi coming-of-age story finds young adults struggling against being complacent workers in a hive society. Read full book review >
Pearl of the Seas by Ruth Finnegan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 17, 2016

"Rollicking and wise, this sailing story mixes prose, poetry, and song, offering a special lyrical gift."
A tale for young readers draws on the enchantments of sea travel. Read full book review >
Heart of Mystery by Mark Laporta
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An engrossing YA sci-fi sequel, in which ideas share the stage with the cast."
The second volume in Laporta's (Heart of Earth, 2014) YA series about a young alien defending Earth from galactic conquerors.Read full book review >

HEART OF THE STORM by Michael Buckley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite some pacing hiccups, a series ender packed with action, scary enemies, and satisfying character arcs. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Half-human, half-Sirena white teenager Lyric faces the biggest threat to the world yet in this trilogy closer. Read full book review >
THE OTHER F-WORD by Natasha Friend
Released: March 7, 2017

"Those facing similar quests to find birth parents will find this story comforting. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two teens that share a sperm donor go on a quest to find their father. Read full book review >
THE YOU I'VE NEVER KNOWN by Ellen Hopkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A page-turning exploration of independence, powerlessness, and secrets, with groundbreaking representation of bisexuality and queerness. (Verse fiction. 14 & up)"
One teen yearns for roots while another will do anything for a fresh start. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Thoughtful and brimming with justified teen angst, Kearney's fast-paced tale offers illuminating insights into the perils and rewards of self-discovery. (Verse fiction. 12-18)"
A college-age adoptee searches for her birth mother. Read full book review >
FREYA by Matthew Laurence
Released: March 14, 2017

"Like a Rick Riordan-Terry Pratchett mashup, this series debut blends philosophy (free will, destiny, faith), humor, multidimensional characters, and a fast-moving, well-constructed plot into a compulsively entertaining read. (Fantasy. 15-18)"
The sinister Finemdi Corp. accumulates deities, securing their cooperation by promising them worshipers; the Norse goddess of love, war, and magic wants to know why. Read full book review >
HELLWORLD by Tom Leveen
Released: March 21, 2017

"A solid thriller built on some well-meant emotional ideas. (Paranormal adventure. 12-16)"
A teenage girl searches for her long-lost mom and accidentally triggers an apocalypse. Read full book review >
THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"The author of Printz Honor-winning Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (2012) offers another stellar, gentle look into the emotional lives of teens on the cusp of adulthood. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Three college-bound Latino teens navigate their ways through senior year in El Paso. 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 >