THE LAST OF AUGUST by Brittany Cavallaro
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This muddled mystery rests on elaborate machinations with disproportionate motivations, but the emotional odyssey should satisfy readers seeking a contemporary, teenage take on the Baker Street pair. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
A duo becomes a trio and tries to settle family feuds in this relationship-focused crime caper sequel to A Study in Charlotte (2016). Read full book review >
BEHELD by Alex Flinn
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"These fizzily undemanding romantic spins on familiar tales go down easy. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
Following Mirrored (2015), Towering (2013), and more, Flinn continues her retellings of folk and fairy tales, this time featuring "Little Red Riding Hood," "Rumpelstiltskin," "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," and "The Ugly Duckling." Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A carefully layered exploration of the age-old question, 'Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?' (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Smelling of lavender tea and sporting long hair and skeleton keys around their necks, the Devonairre Street Girls have grown accustomed to the stares and whispers that follow them through the streets of New York. Read full book review >
EXO by Fonda Lee
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Believable, suspenseful science fiction. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Sometime in the future, a young soldier working for the extraterrestrials who have conquered Earth fights a rebel group but learns that he has family ties to someone he sees as a criminal. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though the book seems to want to read like a teen version of Stephen King's 'Children of the Corn' with romance, its implausible characters and chaotic plotline will leave readers cold. (Horror. 14-18)"
Clay Tate never believed his dead father's crazed ramblings about devil worshippers in Midland, Oklahoma. Read full book review >

DARE YOU by Jennifer Brown
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"It's good that Nikki's developed some self-control, as it will help motivate readers to stick around for Volume 3 and the continuation of the mystery. (Suspense. 12-18)"
In this sequel to Shade Me (2016), synesthete Nikki Kill continues her search for the murderer of Peyton Hollis and for answers that can explain her own past. Read full book review >
SILVER STARS by Michael Grant
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Exhaustive research, immersive storytelling, and emotional depth make for a superlative tale. (glossary, bibliography) (Alternate history. 14 & up)"
KRYSIA by Krystyna Mihulka
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Elegant, eye-opening, and memorable. (Memoir. 10-15)"
A young girl endures life as a political prisoner. Read full book review >
A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A discomfiting, gripping mystery with plenty of sharp edges. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A young woman returns for the summer from her mother's in New York City to her dad's house in a small Maine town, intent on uncovering what actually happened to her best friend, who is only officially recognized by the police as missing even though her ex-boyfriend confessed to—but then recanted—having killed her. Read full book review >
LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A song of love vs. a cacophony of hate—all in a beautiful model of bookmaking. (timeline, bibliography, credits and sources) (Historical verse fiction. 11-18)"
A powerful and riveting account of an American couple in love when that love was ruled illegal in many American states. Read full book review >
BLUFF by Julie Dill
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sly, insightful close-up of risk-taking's seductive, addictive appeal. (Fiction.14-18)"
An Oklahoma teen turns her poker prowess into a source of income then finds it exacts a price. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON'S PRICE by Bethany Wiggins
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Skip. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Formulaic fantasy-romance enlivened by an innovative take on dragon treasure. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >