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 >
FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A promising if overlong and ambivalent debut. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A determined teen uses sex to regain control over her life. Read full book review >

FRONT LINES by Michael Grant
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Still, an engrossing portrayal of ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances. (Alternate history. 14 & up)"
Three young women supply a gritty grunt's-eye view of World War II in the opener to an ultrahistory series. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"While this sequel is not up to the standard set by its predecessor, it provides amusement enough. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
After discovering her best friend's killer in No One Else Can Have You, Kippy finds revenge is sweet—until she becomes the victim of revenge in another humorous mystery.Read full book review >
THE CAPTURE by Tom Isbell
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Heroics, bravery, and action don't compensate for serious implausibility issues. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 13-17)"
The escaped Less Thans and Sisters from The Prey (2015) return to rescue those left behind.Read full book review >

THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This brutal, emotionally charged novel will grip readers and leave them brokenhearted. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A minute-by-minute account of mass murder at a high school by a former student. Read full book review >
UNDERWATER by Marisa Reichardt
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A moving, reflective exploration of grief, trauma, and how individuals find their paths toward resilience. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Confined to her apartment for four months by crippling panic attacks, Morgan tries to recuperate from the school shooting she witnessed, but her fear of the world's unpredictable dangers hampers her efforts. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 16, 2015

"Barely keeps the reader turning the pages until the lackluster ending. (Historical thriller. 14-18)"
A girl experiences firsthand the clash between innocence and knowledge in a relatively innocent place and time: Tucson in the 1960s. Read full book review >
CONCENTR8 by William  Sutcliffe
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"This thriller is bogged down by polemic and poor character development. (Dystopian thriller. 13-16)"
A near-future thriller about overprescription. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An invaluable resource for all young people on a gender quest. (supplemental Web content) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
An open-ended workbook offers young people questioning their gender identity tools for thinking, feeling, and strategizing. Read full book review >
RISE OF THE WOLF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Fast-moving fun with broad audience appeal, especially recommended for reluctant readers, Rick Riordan fans, and pedal-to-the-metal adventure aficionados. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Nic enjoys training as a charioteer—not that he has a choice—for his grandfather, Radulf, but the uneasy family détente is shattered when Nic learns the Praetors have taken his mother hostage in Volume 2 of this series set in Imperial Rome's turbulent third century. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A fast, fun popcorn read and promising series opener. (Horror. 12-16)"
A loose Frankenstein retelling set in small-town Texas.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >