Released: May 15, 2012

"A vivid, disturbing and all-too-real topical story. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
When 14-year-old Teddy is classified as troublesome, disrespectful and defiant of authority, his despised stepfather sends him off to St. Ignatius Academy for Boys, an isolated Roman Catholic boarding school. Read full book review >
APPLESAUCE by Klaas  Verplancke
Kirkus Star
by Klaas Verplancke, illustrated by Klaas Verplancke, translated by Helen Mixter
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are in its visual transformations and emotional intensity, but with a more present and openly loving parent. (Picture book. 4-6)"
"My daddy has warm hands. His fingers taste like applesauce. I wish he had a thousand hands." Read full book review >

THE LIST by Siobhan Vivian
Released: April 1, 2012

"The issue is seldom front and center in books for teens, but Vivian refuses to falsify or avoid the uncomfortable realities that looks alone confer status, and their power is greatest when obscured by the pretense that 'looks don't matter.' (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This riveting exploration of physical appearance and the status it confers opens a cultural conversation that's needed to happen for a long time. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"A classy read that repays reader effort. (historical note) (Thriller. 12 & up)"
Here's something refreshing: a religious-historical thriller with a nifty Mobius strip of a plot—think Nancy Werlin channeling Dan Brown—serving up shivery suspense, sans fangs or fur. Read full book review >
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein
Released: May 15, 2012

"A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Breaking away from Arthurian legends (The Winter Prince, 1993, etc.), Wein delivers a heartbreaking tale of friendship during World War II. Read full book review >

Released: March 13, 2012

"No simple coming-out story, this many-layered effort is gritty, warm and ultimately hopeful. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Compassionate, thoughtful and expressive, this New Zealand import traces a Maori teen's journey through friendships, family, work and the realization that he is gay. Read full book review >
BENEATH A METH MOON by Jacqueline Woodson
Released: Feb. 2, 2012

"A moving, honest and hopeful story. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fifteen-year-old Laurel attempts to understand and move past a year of her life when addiction to methamphetamine nearly cost her family and her life. Read full book review >
CATCH & RELEASE by Blythe Woolston
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Heartbreakingly honest. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Eighteen-year-old Polly recounts her road trip with Odd, a fellow survivor of the disease that killed five others from their small town, in D'Elegance, his Gramma's old baby-blue Cadillac. Read full book review >