Released: April 17, 2012

"An engrossing exploration of how a murder affects a community. (Historical thriller. 12 & up)"
The high school year is almost over, there's a party in the park, and Mister Death will soon be there, rifle in hand. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2012

"A solid addition to what is turning into a swell series. (Historical mystery. 12 & up)"
Teen detective Iris Anderson struggles to solve parallel mysteries while coming to terms with her Jewish identity in World War II-era New York City in this engrossing follow-up to The Girl is Murder (2011). Read full book review >

GIRL MEETS BOY by Kelly Millner Halls
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A superb offering—and therefore a shame that its cover design of a boy and girl in a clinch makes it look like a run-of-the mill romance, which may limit its appeal. (Short stories. 14 & up)"
This conceptually unique collection of short story pairings by a constellation of teen-literature stars explores a variety of relationship types as the respective male and female involved in each one experience them. Read full book review >
HAVE A NICE DAY by Julie Halpern
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Aside from the too-anxious-to-eat valorization, fresh as a daisy and sharp as a tack. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Biting wit makes this quest for suburban normalcy in the face of depression and anxiety both laugh-out-loud funny and immensely intelligent. Read full book review >
RADIANT DAYS by Elizabeth Hand
Released: April 2, 2012

"An impressive blend of biography and magical realism. (author's notes; select bibliography) (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A 20th-century teen artist and 19th-century French poet Arthur Rimbaud transcend time and place in this luminous paean to the transformative power of art. Read full book review >

SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman
Released: July 10, 2012

"Dragon books are common enough, but this one is head and talons above the rest. (cast of characters, glossary) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
In Hartman's splendid prose debut, humans and dragons—who can take human form but not human feeling—have lived in uneasy peace for 40 years. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2012

"Part science fiction, part adventure, part mystery, but every bit engrossing; be sure to start the hold list for the sequel. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Vivid imagination and deft storytelling make for refreshing speculative fiction in this time-travel tale. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2012

"Inventive and hilarious, with laugh-out-loud moments on every page. (Fantasy. 8 & up)"
Instead of finding Happily Ever After with their princesses, four Princes Charming (Prince Duncan insists they pluralize the noun, not adjective) must team up on a farcical quest to save their kingdoms. Read full book review >