THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL by Katie Alender
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A really scary and original ghost story, well told. Read it with the lights on. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
A rebellious 16-year-old becomes trapped in a definitely haunted old insane asylum, possibly forever. Read full book review >
BECOMING MARIA by Sonia Manzano
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In stark and heartbreaking contrast to her Sesame Street character, Manzano paints a poignant, startlingly honest picture of her youth. (Memoir. 12 & up)"
Actress Manzano, best known as Maria from Sesame Street, provides a lyrical and unflinching account of her tough Nuyorican upbringing in the South Bronx. Read full book review >

LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"How will readers stand the wait? (Historical/paranormal thriller. 14 & up)"
Evie O'Neill, a young psychic fresh from a horrific experience with a serial killer in 1920s New York City, returns in this sequel to The Diviners (2012). Read full book review >
ICEBREAKER by Lian Tanner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An artfully crafted adventure that's equal parts thought-provoking and thrilling. (character list) (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Scientists hide a secret aboard a ship headed for the farthest reaches of the Earth in the hopes of saving a remnant of modern technology and knowledge from the Anti-Machinists, a group of zealots determined to throw the world into another Dark Age. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A powerful novel from an exciting new talent. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Ghosts, secrets, and magic collide in this Irish author's astonishing debut. Read full book review >

BRIGHT LIGHTS, DARK NIGHTS by Stephen Emond
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"There are no easy answers to the issues at play in this story, and fittingly, there is much that is left open-ended. Readers will be left with plenty on their minds and in their hearts. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
First love, racism, family strife, and the Internet's culture of anonymous cruelty are some of the many themes explored in this illustrated novel by Happyface (2010) author Emond.Read full book review >
SCHOOL FOR SIDEKICKS by Kelly McCullough
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Leaps the tottering stack of similar 'sidekick' novels in a single bound. (Superhero fantasy. 11-13)"
Disquieting revelations await a fledgling teenager at superhero school. Read full book review >
MECHANICA by Betsy Cornwell
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A smart, refreshing alternative to stale genre tropes. (Steampunk/fairy tale. 12-15)"
A spunky mechanic stars as a steampunk Cinderella who doesn't need rescuing. Read full book review >
NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES by Adi Alsaid
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A good romance is hard to come by. This is a great one. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Two best friends discover love during their last few months of high school. Read full book review >
DROWNED CITY by Don Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An excellent chronicle of the tragedy for a broad audience; children, teens, and adults will all be moved. (source notes, bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Following the stellar The Great American Dust Bowl (2013), Brown tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on New Orleans, beginning with "a swirl of unremarkable wind" in "early August, 2005" and ending with the observation that "By 2012, only 80 percent of New Orleans's residents had returned."Read full book review >
ENCHANTED AIR by Margarita Engle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"As so many of our children are immigrants or children of immigrants, we need more of these stories, especially when they are as beautifully told as this one. (Cold War timeline, author's note) (Poetry/memoir. 10 & up)"
"It really is possible to feel / like two people / at the same time, / when your parents / grandparents / memories / words / come from two / different / worlds." Read full book review >
NOT AFTER EVERYTHING by Michelle Levy
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Raw and unforgettable. (Fiction. 14-18)"
"I wish they would all stop tiptoeing around me just because my mom offed herself over the summer." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >