ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter, bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
ASCENSION by Hannah Rials
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An entertaining and promising series opener about an appealing human and vampire hybrid."
A teenage girl with special abilities uncovers disturbing family secrets and a possible conspiracy while spending the summer in New Orleans in this debut novel. Read full book review >

WAYFARER by Alexandra Bracken
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Far too lengthy for any but the most avid fans. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Star-crossed time-traveling lovers Etta and Nicholas, now separated, try to find each other in adventures across the world and history in this continuation of Passenger (2016). Read full book review >
MAX by Sara Cohen-Scali
Released: March 7, 2017

"Horrific atrocities—and the ghastly realities of any war—seen through the eyes of a child with heartbreaking cognitive dissonance pack a wallop. (Historical fiction. 15-18)"
The education of a young Nazi, from fetus to 9-year-old. Read full book review >
UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY by Jennifer Gold
Released: April 11, 2017

"In spite of some flaws, this is a sensitive portrayal of the different aspects of grief that will strike a chord with readers. (Fiction. 13-18)"
After losing her mother to cancer, a teenage girl seeks escape from her grief by joining a volunteer organization in a war-torn South American country. Read full book review >

Released: April 18, 2017

"For those who love history, aviation, or stories of great daring, this is pure pleasure. (timeline, glossary, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
The author's passion for his subject infuses this richly detailed history of the daredevil years in flying. Read full book review >
KINGS OF THE COURT by Alison Hughes
Released: March 14, 2017

"Contrivances aside, a good-hearted story of gladiators, kings, and kids with dreams. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sameer and Vijay are not great basketball players, but they loyally find ways to contribute to their junior high school team. Read full book review >
BUT THEN I CAME BACK by Estelle Laure
Released: April 4, 2017

"Rendered with insight and compassion, Eden's struggles to make peace with the human condition add up to a riveting coming-of-age story. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Nursing a seriously bruised ego, out of sync with friends and family, Eden slipped, hit her head, and plunged into the icy river; in the coma that follows, she's approached by a strange girl whose urgent message she's unable to hear. Read full book review >
BETWEEN TWO SKIES by Joanne O'Sullivan
Released: April 25, 2017

"O'Sullivan's light touch and restraint will allow readers to follow Evangeline as she stands howling into the wind that howled into her. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Heartache and deracination wrapped in the lyrical sigh of an epic poem unfold into one girl's story of struggle, devastation, and survival. Read full book review >
ECHOES OF MEMORY by A.R. Kahler
Released: March 14, 2017

"Not much here for readers looking for an engaging supernatural adventure. (Suspense. 14-18)"
This sequel to Shades of Darkness (2016) follows Chris and Kaira, friends caught between mystical god-beings who fight over possession of their souls. Read full book review >
YVAIN by M.T. Anderson
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 14, 2017

"A compulsively readable and eminently enjoyable retelling that breathes new life into an old classic. (author's, illustrator's notes) (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
The violence and romance of Arthurian legend practically pop off of the pages of Anderson (Symphony for the City of the Dead, 2015, etc.) and Offermann's (Well of Witches, 2016, etc.) striking graphic-novel adaptation of Chretien de Troyes' epic poem. Read full book review >
MISSING by Kelley Armstrong
Released: April 18, 2017

"Thrills and mystery from a pro. (Suspense. 14-18)"
A girl living in a depressed coal mining town finds a wealthy boy in the woods who has been savagely beaten, then searches for him when he disappears. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >