Risuko by David Kudler
Released: June 15, 2016

"A tight, exciting, and thoughtful first volume in what promises to be a fine series about a female ninja."
In this YA historical novel set in Japan's Sengoku period, a girl who adores climbing attends an unusual school. Read full book review >
Counteract by Tracy Lawson
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An exuberant start to a promising new YA series about a totalitarian America."
Lawson (Resist, 2012, etc.) mixes true-to-life fears with intimate character portrayals in this conspiracy thriller, her first work of YA fiction. Read full book review >

Gambit by C.L. Denault
Released: April 14, 2015

"Complex worldbuilding provides a strong backbone for this well-written start to a planned series with a resolute heroine."
In this YA dystopian adventure, a village girl with special skills learns she's an heiress—and betrothed. Read full book review >
The Temple of Paris by Laura DeBruce

"Not quite as exciting or satisfying as its predecessor, this novel still delivers an appealing continuation of the elixir story."
Two American teenagers embark on a mission to track down the foremost expert on a powerful potion in this sequel to DeBruce's YA thriller The Riddle of Prague (2013). Read full book review >
YOU GOT THIS! by Maya S. Penn
Released: April 12, 2016

"There's no doubt Maya will continue to change the world for the better, and those who can follow her advice might have a shot at joining forces. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
If every teenager were as together as author Penn, the world would be a much different place. Read full book review >

If Crows Know Best by Aimee L. Gross
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"This YA series starter should be a sure hit with adults who favor traditional quest fantasy, and younger readers who love the political aspects of Sherwood Smith's novels."
A boy becomes embroiled in politics and magic when his country is conquered in this fantastical tale of war and survival, reminiscent of the works of Raymond Feist. Read full book review >
The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A delightful novel that delivers a tightly plotted, character-driven story about a hero confronting wondrous creatures."
This first installment of a projected paranormal fantasy series chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old boy who, after dealing with the disappearance of his mother, moves to another state. Read full book review >
DIG TOO DEEP by Amy Allgeyer
Released: April 1, 2016

"A skillful rendition of a trope. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A teen activist takes on Big Coal. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A DREAM by Liz Braswell
Released: April 5, 2016

"A surprising and clever twist on a beloved tale. (Fantasy. 13-18)"
What if Disney's Sleeping Beauty never woke up? Read full book review >
FUTURE SHOCK by Elizabeth Briggs
Released: April 1, 2016

"An absorbing, if occasionally predictable, time-travel mystery with a side of romance. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
A Latina teen with total recall joins four other young Angelenos with special skills on a secret time-travel mission to the future. Read full book review >
BOYS OF SUMMER by Jessica Brody
Released: April 5, 2016

"A promising idea sabotaged by poor pacing and narcissistic characters. (Romance. 14-18)"
Winlock Harbor has been Ian Handler and Grayson Cartwright's summer vacation spot for years, and they've always spent their summers hanging out with local Mike Metzler. But this summer, their final summer before college, is filled with drama. Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2016

"An engaging and endearing story of what it is to find your place in the world and a person to share it with. (Romance. 13-17)"
Two teens on the cusp of adulthood find love in this British import. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >