WOODY by Porter Schell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 21, 2016

"A joyfully written, American-as-apple-pie tale about what a successful life looks like."
A young baseball star wrestles with disappointment in Schell's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
SOUPY LEAVES HOME by Cecil Castellucci
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 2, 2017

"A compelling graphic offering that explores relevant gender roles and self-identity through a historical lens. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Abused by her domineering father, Pearl reinvents herself as a boy and takes to the road. Read full book review >

THE LINES WE CROSS by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Released: May 9, 2017

"A meditation on a timely subject that never forgets to put its characters and their stories first. (Fiction. 12-17)"
An Afghani-Australian teen named Mina earns a scholarship to a prestigious private school and meets Michael, whose family opposes allowing Muslim refugees and immigrants into the country. Read full book review >
POSTED by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 2, 2017

"Kids, and the rest of the world, need more books like this one. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When online bullying crosses over into real life, Eric and his friends do their best to stay out of the cloud of meanness, but it's a big one. Read full book review >
IDENTIFY by Lesley Choyce
Released: April 18, 2017

"Definitely worth exploring for those completely new to gender fluidity or anxiety issues in teens, as it makes a good primer, but not a deep, character-driven read. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A pair of teens under stress finds comfort in each other. Read full book review >

CHEESUS WAS HERE by J.C. Davis
Released: April 4, 2017

"May cause some laughs. (Fiction. 12-15)"
When Jesus appears…in your cheese. Read full book review >
COUNT ALL HER BONES by April Henry
Released: May 2, 2017

"Readers will be rooting for Cheyenne and Griffin from the edges of their seats. (Thriller. 12-18)"
The story of Cheyenne and Griffin continues in this sequel to Girl, Stolen (2010). Read full book review >
CRAZY HOUSE by James Patterson
Released: May 22, 2017

"Yet another bland, half-baked dystopian exercise. (Dystopian adventure. 14-17)"
A teen girl goes looking for her missing twin sister. Read full book review >
GIRL OUT OF WATER by Laura Silverman
Released: May 2, 2017

"A quick summer read to reassure teens who worry about college or blooming where they're planted. (Romance. 14-18)"
Silverman's debut offers several takes on a good question: "Why do so many people equate growing up with leaving?" Read full book review >
ROYCE ROLLS by Margaret Stohl
Released: April 4, 2017

"A smart, satirical edge separates this Hollywood chick-lit from many others. (Fiction. 12-18)"
White high school senior Bentley Royce's reality TV world and her family are falling apart. There's no promise of another season for Rolling with the Royces, but can Bent make this one a record-setter and keep her family together? Read full book review >
DREAMFALL by Amy Plum
Released: May 2, 2017

"In this case, as each chapter is predictable, the sequel will be more of the same. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
Jaime Salvator, a top pre-med student at Yale, witnesses an unprecedented sleep experiment involving teenagers who suffer from insomnia—and how it goes dreadfully wrong. Read full book review >
THE BLACK WITCH by Laurie Forest
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 2, 2017

"A massive page-turner that leaves readers longing for more. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Transported from her sheltered village life to join the diverse, magical student body at Verpax University, Elloren Gardner's comfortable sense of history is challenged by living and learning alongside Elves, shape-shifting Lupines, and even feared, demonic Icarals. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >