LION ISLAND by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A fierce portrait of a young man's discovery of power through words. (historical background, historical note, references, further reading) (Historical verse/fiction. 11-16)"
This verse novel presents a fictionalized account of a real historical figure who used the power of words to help end forced labor in 19th-century Cuba. Read full book review >
LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA by Katie Kennedy
Released: July 5, 2016

"An end-of-the-world romp that will prompt readers to think and to laugh, this novel ultimately teases more suspense and romance than it genuinely delivers. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of an awkward teenage genius in Kennedy's comical debut novel. Read full book review >

BELOW by Jason Chabot
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Though flawed, this first volume in a new trilogy has much to offer genre enthusiasts. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 12-16)"
Hokk scavenges the dead bodies falling from the sky, but when he finds one alive, everything changes. Read full book review >
FEATHERS by Rose Mannering
Released: July 5, 2016

"Here's hoping the last installment isn't such a quagmire of negative tropes and stereotypes. Disappointing. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A gender-bent Swan Lake retelling and sequel to Roses (2013). Read full book review >
THE TELLING by Alexandra Sirowy
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A neatly done murder mystery underneath the psychology. (Mystery. 12-18)"
Lana divides her life between "before," when her stepbrother Ben was alive, and "after" his murder. Read full book review >

THE FLAME NEVER DIES by Rachel Vincent
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A page-turner for readers who don't look too hard. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
This sequel to The Stars Never Rise (2015) follows Nina and her friends into the desert wasteland of a post-apocalyptic, demon-ridden United States. Read full book review >
GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This grittily provocative debut explores the horrors of self-harm and the healing power of artistic expression. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After surviving a suicide attempt, a fragile teen isn't sure she can endure without cutting herself. Read full book review >
RECREATED by Colleen Houck
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An overlong ramble through Egyptian lore—and it ain't over yet. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
The romance between an immortal Egyptian and a modern 17-year-old now ventures into the underworld. Read full book review >
EIGHT RIVERS OF SHADOW by Leo Hunt
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Whopping good suspense in the netherworld. (Horror. 12-18)"
This sequel to Thirteen Days of Midnight (2015) follows Luke Manchett, who inherited a Host of powerful ghosts from his father and can't seem to get out of the necromancy business. Read full book review >
BEING JAZZ by Jazz Jennings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Jazz's positivity, honesty, frank explanations, and conversational writing style make this an ideal book for trans kids to hand to worried loved ones after they've finished reading it. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Before she was in preschool, Jazz knew she wasn't a boy, and she didn't understand why no one else did. Her parents took her to meet with a well-versed therapist, who told them Jazz is transgender, and they started on a journey with no map. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSIN GAME by Kirsty McKay
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Smart, edge-of-the-seat thrills. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl joins a traditional secret murder game in her snooty boarding school only to find that the game might be more real than anyone had intended. Read full book review >
A WEEK OF MONDAYS by Jessica Brody
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Solidly nonsmutty fare for readers who want to imagine they can get it right too. (Romance. 12-16)"
With school pictures, a history pop quiz, a speech in front of the student body, and varsity softball tryouts, Ellie, a junior, finds herself repeating the same maddening day until she gets it right. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >