Just Maagy by Virginia Burton Stringer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 3, 2014

"An uneven coming-of-age tale with an engaging heroine."
In this YA fantasy novel, the first in a planned series, an impulsive, spoiled young princess begins maturing into a wise, responsible ruler. Read full book review >
USELESS BAY by M.J. Beaufrand
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Though a few plot twists strain credulity, at its best this is a taut, suspenseful page-turner in which severed body parts, human and canine, fantastic and real, figure prominently—call it magical realism, horror division. (Magical realism/thriller. 13-18)"
On Whidbey Island, Washington, the Gray teens—tall, blond, white quintuplets—and one smart bloodhound specialize in search and rescue (missing toddlers, lost pets); this time, their neighbor and friend Grant Shepherd, 10, has disappeared, and complications ensue. Read full book review >

WAR DOGS by Rebecca Frankel
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"Although fascinating, this lengthy effort seems nearly interchangeable with the adult version. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Military service dogs perform a variety of roles, but those trained to sniff out IEDs are the primary focus of this effort. Read full book review >
VIETNAM by Russell Freedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Solid history that doesn't shy away from difficult truths and important moral and political lessons. (timeline, source notes, glossary, bibliography, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
An overview of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
THE STAND-IN by Steve Bloom
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A half-funny, half-tired novel with a fine protagonist to half-root for. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A smart-aleck teenager who yearns to escape his dilapidated New Jersey town becomes a high school escort in Bloom's debut novel. Read full book review >

THE CATALYST by Helena Coggan
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Nonetheless, compelling secrets abound amid the overstuffed incoherence, and it's a page-turner for all its flaws. (Dystopian fantasy. 12-16)"
A 15-year-old English girl must prevent her post-apocalyptic world from falling into yet another civil war between magic-wielding humans and those without it. 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 >
SPARE AND FOUND PARTS by Sarah Maria Griffin
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Though occasionally uneven, this poetic, Frankenstein-esque tale forms a page-turning whole. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
A lonely, motherless girl with a clockwork heart risks everything to create a mechanical friend in a futuristic Ireland where computers are forbidden. Read full book review >
MY DEMON'S NAME IS ED by Danah Khalil
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This brave revelation is a young anorexic's heart laid bare. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A teen girl gives readers an intimate close-up of her eating disorder through her journal writing. Read full book review >
STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO by A.S. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"King understands and writes teen anxieties like no other, resulting in difficult, resonant, compelling characters and stories. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
King, master of troubled protagonists and surreal plots, is at it again. Read full book review >
HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE by Jennifer Niven
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"More a story about falling in love with yourself than with a romantic interest, this novel will resonate with all readers who've struggled to love themselves. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Love blooms between two teens—a white girl who refuses to be judged and a biracial boy who hides himself from judgment. Read full book review >
DON'T TELL, DON'T TELL, DON'T TELL by Liane Shaw
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While the book's not a total miss, better mystery and better representation can be found elsewhere. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In her fifth novel, Shaw tackles friendship, trust, and difference. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >