NELSON BEATS TO ODDS by Ronnie Sidney, II
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Engaging and inspirational tales for students coping with common problems."
Paired graphic novels explore learning disabilities and bullying—and touch on foster care—for middle-grade and YA readers. Read full book review >
DRAGONKYN by Nathan Smith Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A superhero series opener that should work quick, indelible magic on audiences."
A YA fantasy features an underprivileged teen who starts displaying fantastic powers. Read full book review >

WHO SHE WAS by Stormy Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A deft, emotionally resonant tale about family, love, music, and finding oneself."
Two college freshmen struggle to break away from family dysfunction and forge their own identities in this New Adult romance. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF THE SLEEPING DINOSAUR by Christopher Barnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"An unfocused consideration of a famed folk tale."
A retelling of the Filipino legend of the Sleeping Dinosaur, wrapped in a debut middle-grade historical novel. Read full book review >
THE HEALER'S RUNE by Lauricia Matuska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2017

"Impressive storytelling and assured characterization; sows seeds for books to follow."
A woman has the chance to help free humans from an elfin race that has tyrannized them for centuries in Matuska's debut and start of a proposed fantasy series. Read full book review >

THE HIDDEN CITY OF CHELLDRAH-HAM by Stephan von Clinkerhoffen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A fresh, funny adventure and the best installment in the series so far.
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In the third book of the middle-grade Chelldrah-Ham series, von Clinkerhoffen (The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham: War of Chaos, 2015, etc.) brings its protagonists to a different world: Earth.Read full book review >
THE QUEST TO THE UNCHARTED LANDS by Jaleigh Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 13, 2017

"A full-throttle fanfare for those with a predilection for alchemy, adventure, and a little anarchy. (map, glossary) (Steampunk. 11-15)"
Well-behaved girls seldom make history…or save ill-fated airships from menacing saboteurs. Read full book review >
HELL AND HIGH WATER by Tanya Landman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"So riveting that the pages seem to turn of their own accord. (Fiction. 13-adult)"
Murder and mystery abound in this engrossing and atmospheric tale set in 18th-century England. Read full book review >
RAMONA BLUE by Julie Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An exquisite, thoughtful exploration of the ties that bind and the fluidity of relationships, sexuality, and life. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
In Murphy's (Dumplin', 2015, etc.) third novel, a teenage girl navigates the complexities of romance and identity. Read full book review >
BE TRUE TO ME by Adele Griffin
Released: June 13, 2017

"A reminder, if one is still needed, that it doesn't pay to be the interloper in a community of rich, upper-crust-society snobs. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
In 1976, handsome and charming Gil's arrival in an exclusive, white, summer-island community inflames two girls' rivalry with disastrous results. Read full book review >
THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 4, 2017

"Readers seeking a queer fantasy that taps into the popularity of mermaids and fairy-tale adaptations may appreciate this offering despite its flaws. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A free-spirited mermaid chafes against the constraints of her imperiled community, risking her life for a taste of love and freedom. Read full book review >
NO GOOD DEED by Goldy Moldavsky
Released: May 30, 2017

"A comedy that is more mousy brown than black. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Teenage activism goes absurdist in this summer-camp novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >