BARRACUDA by Sigmund Brouwer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Didactic passages aside, this fast-paced mystery should appeal to Webb fans and those seeking an intrigue-filled escape to the Keys. (Adventure. 10-14)"
With deathbed secrets and attempted murder on the itinerary, spring break in the Florida Keys proves anything but relaxing for a teen and his grandfather. Read full book review >
TRUTH OR DARE by Barbara Dee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Entertaining bibliotherapy but also a useful road map to resolution of the age-old problem of severe cattiness. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's hard to watch white seventh-grader Lia, rebounding from her mother's death two years ago, engineer her own slow-motion train wreck. Read full book review >

THE MISSING SKULL by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A mysterious game that is unfortunately not that much fun to play. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Steve is thrilled when his enigmatic grandfather announces it is finally his turn to take a trip, but camping on a remote lake in northern Ontario seems pretty lame compared to his twin brother's epic adventure in Central America. Read full book review >
SEPARATED by Shane Peacock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A fast pace and brief chapters help sustain this shallow narrative but don't fully make up for the frustrating lack of substance. (Thriller. 8-12)"
A white boy from Buffalo experiences unexpected thrills on a trip to Sweden. Read full book review >
SPEED by Ted Staunton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An average mystery for an uncertain audience. (Mystery. 8-12)"
A budding filmmaker finds opportunity and mystery on a camping trip with his family. Read full book review >

SLIDE by Norah McClintock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Light on mystery but strong on adventure and heart. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Fourteen-year-old Rennie accompanies his grandmother on a ski trip and uncovers a murder plot. Read full book review >
WEERDEST DAY EVER! by Richard Scrimger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An unconventional narrator steals the show. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A missing sword, a cow, a one-armed man, and a first crush all combine to make this camping trip the weerdest ever. Read full book review >
THE DARK ARMY by Joseph Delaney
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Skippable for newbies, but fans will salvage enough to make it worthwhile even as they hope for payoff next time. (Grimalkin's notes, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Tom Ward, the Chipenden Spook, is back from the dead and ready to fight against the monstrous wolflike Kobalos horde, with his apprentice, Jenny Calder, and the witch assassin Grimalkin by his side. Read full book review >
JUNGLE LAND by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A disappointing read. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old DJ is the first grandchild to be invited on a solo adventure with his grandfather, and he's excited about it. Read full book review >
PRESENTING BUFFALO BILL by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Illustrated with archival material and supplemented with extensive backmatter, this is a thoroughly engaging portrait of a fascinating, larger-than-life figure. (photos, bibliography, source notes) (Biography. 10-14)"
Fleming presents a lively, evenhanded portrait of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, a master of self-promotion who became a world-famous entertainer and whose name became synonymous with "Wild West." Read full book review >
THE INITIATION by Ridley Pearson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A disappointing reinvention of beloved characters. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Set in modern-day Boston, this first in a new series chronicles the interactions between high school age Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis, James Moriarty. Read full book review >
INSERT COIN TO CONTINUE by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"The last thing video game nerds need is a reinforcement of a regressive view of women as objects instead of individuals. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A video game fanatic turns his world upside down. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >