DEAD WEIGHT by Matt Casamassina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2016

"Solid apocalyptic fiction that focuses more on its character relationships than its sci-fi elements."
In this debut YA thriller, the leftovers of an unexplained apocalypse struggle to survive and find meaning in the wreckage. Read full book review >
PROOF OF LIES by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tale where the heroine's experiences as a grieving daughter and sister seem far more meaningful than any family secrets."
A teenager must unravel the mysteries behind her family's many tragedies in this first installment of a YA trilogy. Read full book review >

SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS by Casey Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"An effective combination of traditional and modern YA elements."
A hilarious, angst-ridden YA novel about a teenage girl acclimating to life at a new high school by Griffin (Beauty and the Wiener: A Rescue Dog Romance, 2017, etc.).Read full book review >
THE TRACK TRAINING DIARY OF A NOT-SO-FAST SKINNY KID by Tracie Choates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A promising YA debut, despite a few weak spots in characterization."
In Choates' (Playing the Game as a Man!, 2007) first YA novel, a young man barely survives middle school challenges on and off the track while learning life lessons.Read full book review >
WOODY by Porter Schell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 21, 2016

"A joyfully written, American-as-apple-pie tale about what a successful life looks like."
A young baseball star wrestles with disappointment in Schell's debut YA novel. Read full book review >

SOUPY LEAVES HOME by Cecil Castellucci
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 2, 2017

"A compelling graphic offering that explores relevant gender roles and self-identity through a historical lens. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Abused by her domineering father, Pearl reinvents herself as a boy and takes to the road. Read full book review >
THE LINES WE CROSS by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Released: May 9, 2017

"A meditation on a timely subject that never forgets to put its characters and their stories first. (Fiction. 12-17)"
An Afghani-Australian teen named Mina earns a scholarship to a prestigious private school and meets Michael, whose family opposes allowing Muslim refugees and immigrants into the country. Read full book review >
POSTED by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 2, 2017

"Kids, and the rest of the world, need more books like this one. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When online bullying crosses over into real life, Eric and his friends do their best to stay out of the cloud of meanness, but it's a big one. Read full book review >
IDENTIFY by Lesley Choyce
Released: April 18, 2017

"Definitely worth exploring for those completely new to gender fluidity or anxiety issues in teens, as it makes a good primer, but not a deep, character-driven read. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A pair of teens under stress finds comfort in each other. Read full book review >
CHEESUS WAS HERE by J.C. Davis
Released: April 4, 2017

"May cause some laughs. (Fiction. 12-15)"
When Jesus appears…in your cheese. Read full book review >
COUNT ALL HER BONES by April Henry
Released: May 2, 2017

"Readers will be rooting for Cheyenne and Griffin from the edges of their seats. (Thriller. 12-18)"
The story of Cheyenne and Griffin continues in this sequel to Girl, Stolen (2010). Read full book review >
CRAZY HOUSE by James Patterson
Released: May 22, 2017

"Yet another bland, half-baked dystopian exercise. (Dystopian adventure. 14-17)"
A teen girl goes looking for her missing twin sister. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >