Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign
Released: Oct. 22, 2016

"A somewhat standard, if rousing, supernatural tale combined with a gleefully eccentric teenage romance."
In Leigh-Reign's debut sci-fi thriller, a teenage misanthrope questions his disturbing proclivities and even his origin after he becomes inexplicably captivated by a new girl at school. Read full book review >
PUSHING PERFECT by Michelle Falkoff
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Despite a too-tidy resolution, readers will be kept guessing until they get there—which will please established mystery fans. (Mystery. 14-18)"
A young woman whose parents pressure her academically becomes entangled in a web of blackmail in this mystery. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Neither gender really wins in this modern Much Ado About Nothing. (Romance. 12-16)"
Aurora's saving her first kiss for a mythical, modern-day Prince Charming, until a school production of Shakespeare requires that she kiss a longtime nemesis. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An unusual, captivating mystery. (Mystery. 12-17)"
Nico was the last person to see her cheerleader sister, Sarah, before she went missing four years ago at the age of 15. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Readers wanting a real taste of Austen won't find it, but it's a pleasant enough sojourn in her world regardless. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Farrant bravely takes on Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of the youngest Bennet sister. Read full book review >

BOY ROBOT by Simon Curtis
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A fascinating premise and plenty of action will attract fans who have patience for all the many extra threads. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The first of a planned trilogy by recording artist Curtis, this debut novel continues themes from his early song of the same title. Read full book review >
THE BABY by Lisa Drakeford
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Add in the now-dated Brit-lit feel and the sudden, nonsensical plot twist, and it's all ho-hum. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In this throwback to the early 2000s teen Brit-lit craze, the lives of five young people are affected by an unexpected baby. Read full book review >
BIONIC by Suzanne Weyn
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"While experimental technology can spark wild 'what ifs,' even 'what ifs' need explanations, and lacking some details, Mira's transformation is unfortunately too extreme to mainstain willing suspension of disbelief. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A talented white athlete and musician, high school senior Mira has a shot at a lacrosse scholarship—until she and her band hit a fuel truck on the way to a gig. Read full book review >
GLITTER by Aprilynne Pike
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Poufy gowns and corsets in a futuristic setting make for an interesting spin on a perennially popular genre. (Romantic thriller. 12-18)"
In the 22rd century, major corporate executives and their families re-create Versailles, complete with their own King. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Useful for both those looking to run a poetry-writing workshop or readers looking specifically for advice with their own writing. (Poetry/nonfiction. 12-18)"
Nineteen members of a culturally diverse student poetry troupe each share their personal stories, classic poems that have inspired their writing, and a poem written specifically in response to the classic poetry selection. Read full book review >
BALCONY ON THE MOON by Ibtisam Barakat
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A poetic, deeply felt coming-of-age story. (resources) (Memoir. 12 & up)"
This intense memoir paints a dark picture of growing up in Israeli-occupied Palestine, where "we are made to live with no land, no country, no rights, no safety, and no respect for our dignity." Read full book review >
THE GAUNTLET by Eoin Colfer
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ideal for readers who are breathlessly awaiting the next film in the Marvel superhero franchise. (Adventure. 8-13)"
With no time to assemble the Avengers, Iron Man must save the world solo in this fast-paced adventure novel. 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 >