UNDEFEATED by Steve Sheinkin
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Superb nonfiction that will entertain as it informs. (source notes, works cited, acknowledgments, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Young readers of this biography may be surprised that Jim Thorpe, an athlete they may never have heard of, was once considered "the best athlete on the planet." 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 >

DOGS AT WAR by Connie Goldsmith
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A smart salute to MWD that deserves a wide readership beyond dog lovers and military buffs. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
As we come to appreciate more and more the emotional and sentient lives of animals, take a moment to consider the military working dog. Read full book review >
AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE by Shaun David Hutchinson
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An earthy, existential coming-of-age gem. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
If your boyfriend is erased from history, is it because the universe is shrinking, or have you totally lost your mind? Read full book review >
PHOENIX RISING by Bryony Pearce
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Thrilling steamship adventure overcomes wobbly worldbuilding. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
A pirate ship plies the garbage-strewn and poisonous seas of a late 21st century finally recovering from the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Not only is Margot experiencing an identity crisis, the book is too. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A Puerto Rican teenager spends the summer working in her father's South Bronx supermarket, where she experiences myriad unfortunate developments. Read full book review >
TO CATCH A KILLER by Sheryl Scarborough
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite its interesting premise, this debut falls short of its potential. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Scarborough's debut mystery novel follows a teenager on a journey to find her mother's killer. Read full book review >
THE RADIUS OF US by Marie Marquardt
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A rushed ending is only a small distraction in this otherwise eye-opening story. (Fiction. 14-18)"
As in Dream Things True (2015), Marquardt explores the American dream, this time through the lenses of two traumatized teens. Read full book review >
The Death of Death by K.N. Parker
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A gem of a tale about facing death: wise, wry, and moving."
In this short book for readers age 12 and up, a masked figure in black comes to prepare a girl for her upcoming death. Read full book review >
10 Steps to Girlfriend Status by Cynthia T. Toney
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sensitive YA tale about love, change, and loss, with an empowering message for girls."
A Louisiana teen embarks on a quest to secure a boyfriend while having to adjust to a new family and the serious illness of a beloved friend. Read full book review >
The Needle's Eye by Deanna Nese
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A tantalizing glimpse into a captivating world and an intense friendship, sure to leave readers wanting more."
The fates of two young students remain forever changed when two parallel realms intersect in this YA fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Blowback '07 by Brian Meehl
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A vibrant time-travel tale that offers inventive storytelling along with sports, romance, and secrets."
A YA adventure finds a high school football star stuck in the past thanks to a mysterious musical instrument. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >