CLANCY OF THE UNDERTOW by Christopher Currie
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Funny, gritty, absorbing, and occasionally depressing, this is an intriguing if occasionally melodramatic glimpse of a young Australian woman's coming-of-age. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An Australian teen copes with poverty and family problems as she fumbles toward acceptance of her lesbianism. Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE by Alexandra Monir
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Readers' credulity seems to be the required element to enjoy this messed-up mystery. (Mystery. 12-18)"
A murder mystery with a paranormal twist. Read full book review >

FOREVER, AGAIN by Victoria Laurie
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Skip. (Paranormal thriller. 12-16)"
A contemporary white teenager becomes obsessed with a 1987 murder after she discovers that she is the reincarnation of one of its principals. Read full book review >
ICELING by Sasha Stephenson
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Faced with the inconsistent plotting, indifference to geography and climate, and sloppy execution, readers are more likely to abandon this series opener halfway than to wait for Volume 2. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Discovered by scientists in the Canadian Arctic and later adopted, a group of speechless but intense and powerful teens compel their older siblings to return them to that site a decade and a half later. Read full book review >
SP4RX by Wren McDonald
Kirkus Star
by Wren McDonald, illustrated by Wren McDonald
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A pulls-no-punches techno-thriller; think Mr. Robot meets The Stepford Wives. (Graphic science fiction. 15 & up)"
In a gritty future, hackers must fight an evil corporation trying to turn humans into mechanically altered zombies. Read full book review >

THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE by Stacey Lee
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"This imaginative and sweet coming-of-age tale is infused with the magic of first love. (Magical realism. 12-16)"
The daughter and apprentice of a famous magic-worker who helps others fall in love doesn't know the feeling herself. Read full book review >
EVER THE HUNTED by Erin Summerill
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Though not terribly innovative, still a solid choice for fantasy readers who prefer a large helping of adventure with their romance. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
On a quest to save her life by finding her father's killer, a teen girl discovers conspiracies between kingdoms on the verge of war. Read full book review >
POP GIRL by Tallia Storm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Sweet as a sticky piece of bubble gum. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Scottish teen singer Storm writes what she knows in this thinly fictionalized account of a Glasgow girl who turns overnight pop star. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Cottman wrote a well-received version of this story for adults (The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie, 1999), and this retelling for young readers is just as intriguing. (timeline, map, color photographs, epilogue, suggestions for further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
A Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American journalist recounts how his passion for scuba diving led to an emotional connection to a shipwrecked slave vessel. Read full book review >
PROM by Jill S. Zimmerman Rutledge
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"The advice and history in this volume complement and enhance the prom magazines available each year. (bibliography, further resources, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
Prom is more than just a night out, as revealed in this work of nonfiction. Read full book review >
KRYSIA by Krystyna Mihulka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
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 >
FREEKS by Amanda Hocking
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The magic-and-carnival combination make for a pleasant if not spectacular diversion. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
In 1987, a traveling carnival sideshow with supernaturally gifted performers faces a deadly threat. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >