A SONG FOR ELLA GREY by David Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Almond brings his hypnotic lyricism to this darkly romantic tale that sings of the madness of youth, the ache of love, and the near-impossibility of grasping death. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Award-winning British novelist Almond (Kit's Wilderness, 1999; The Fire-Eaters, 2004, etc.) mines the tragic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in this modern-day love story, told in the voice of Claire Wilkinson, a 17-year-old poet. Read full book review >
THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF A HEART by Jenn Bennett
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A thought-provoking exploration of art as an expression of love and pain. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Take a contemporary San Francisco, add an undertone of classic Romeo and Juliet, some grit and viscera, and this story of two remarkable teens is the result.Read full book review >

AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES by Leah Bobet
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"War, community, long-festering anger, and forgiveness—all thoughtfully and deliberately conveyed. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
When a supernatural war reaches her farm, Hallie fights to defend her land while struggling with familial estrangement. Read full book review >
DARKTHAW by Kate A. Boorman
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A philosophical, ruminative adventure for fans of the CW network's The 100. (Alternate history. 13-15)"
The heroine of Winterkill (2014) leaves her tiny village to find settlers moving into the post-apocalyptic wilds.Read full book review >
NEED by Joelle Charbonneau
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A frothy mystery that trips over its desire for social relevance. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A mysterious social network sows discontent. Read full book review >

THE LIZARD PRINCESS by Tod Davies
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"If handed to exactly the right reader at the right time, this has the potentially to be revelatory, even life-changing; but most will find it baffling, irritating, or deadly dull. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A philosophy lecture disguised as a fairy tale, this third series entry both recapitulates and reinterprets the previous titles (Snotty Saves the Day, 2011; Lily the Silent, 2012).Read full book review >
EITHER THE BEGINNING OR THE END OF THE WORLD by Terry Farish
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Readers willing to take their time will enjoy this earnest cross-cultural meditation on love and family. (Fiction. 13-17)"
In New Hampshire, a 17-year-old Cambodian-American girl falls for a mysterious military medic in this poetically rendered novel by the author of The Good Braider (2012). Read full book review >
THE CHESS QUEEN ENIGMA by Colleen Gleason
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"These squabbling BFFs will continue to please their fans, though they are unlikely to win new ones. (Steampunk. 12-14)"
The intrepid detective/vampire-slayer team of Stoker and Holmes returns for a third diverting steampunk mystery (The Spiritglass Charade, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
THE AUGUST 5 by Jenna Helland
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A story about a revolution should be exciting—this one is not. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
The daughter of a rebel leader and the son of a powerful feudal politician evaluate their potential roles in a revolution. Read full book review >
CALVIN by Martine Leavitt
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Equal parts coming-of-age tale, survival adventure, and love story, this outstanding novel also sensitively deals with an uncommon but very real teen issue, making it far more than the sum of its parts. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Calvin's personality seems to have been destined: he was born on the day comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" ended, his grandfather gave the infant a Hobbes-like tiger toy that was his constant childhood companion, and his best (and only) friend was always Susie. Read full book review >
SPINNING STARLIGHT by R.C. Lewis
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Ideal escapist fare. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Lewis follows up Stitching Snow (2014) with another entry into the burgeoning genre of fairy-tale adaptations, riffing romantic space opera off Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans."Read full book review >
THE TOURNAMENT AT GORLAN by John Flanagan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Light on action, and heavy on witty banter, this prequel series kickoff is more for confirmed fans than those just coming to know the Rangers. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Lord Morgarath, the baron of Gorlan Fief, has been systematically dismantling the Ranger Corps, a band of soldiers appointed to protect the kingdom of Araluen. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >