LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF BEASTS by Emily Gravett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Sweet and silly, this metafictive romp is sure to please even the most anxious readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Mouse makes a triumphant return, this time trading a pen for a paintbrush to tackle fearsome foes. Read full book review >
DORY DORY BLACK SHEEP by Abby Hanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Dory's fans will be entertained by this further adventure; an early illustrated spread will quickly draw new readers into Dory's fantasmagorical worlds. (Fiction. 6-8)"
First-grader Dory's imagination exceeds her reading ability, but after a black sheep follows her out of the pages of a book, she decides to work at this new skill. Read full book review >

FIRST LIGHT, FIRST LIFE by Paul Fleischman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An origin tale as messy as humans can be. (author's note) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
In this multicultural mashup, the duo behind Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella (2007) weaves a wonderfully chaotic creation story. 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 >

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 >
THIS IS ME by Jamie Lee Curtis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An excellent springboard for school-age kids to discover who they are and where they come from. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In their latest venture, Curtis and Cornell tackle the question of identity and deconstruct it to a level young people can understand. Read full book review >
IF SNOWFLAKES TASTED LIKE FRUITCAKE by Stacey Previn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Like the fruitcake-flavored flakes, pass on this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An imaginative look at snowflakes and what we might do with them if they tasted of anything but winter. Read full book review >
CREATION by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Child-friendliness substitutes for awe in this cozy rendition. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
The Creation story, interpreted with minimalist art. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING IS AWKWARD by Mike Bender
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"(Mostly) totally awkward fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The team behind Awkward Family Photos (2010) unveils a playfully cringeworthy collection of kid-centered photos submitted to their website, celebrating the idea that "everything and everyone is awkward." Read full book review >
OWL SEES OWL by Laura Godwin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A perfectly paced, holistically rendered home-away-home story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Leaving the tree trunk where family slumbers, a fledgling owl explores the night world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >