WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE? by Jillian Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"While the overall message is laudable, the book attempts to cover too much territory with too few details to sustain interest, satisfy the natural curiosity that diversity arouses, or offer support to those who feel marginalized due to their differences. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
The huge topic of human diversity is here given cursory treatment that may raise more questions than it answers. Read full book review >
THE BOOK YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE by Stephan Pastis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Wittier than the Wimpy Kid and with a movie in the offing, the series can only gain fans. (Graphic/mystery hybrid. 7-12)"
Who could ban the world's greatest detective from detecting? In a word: mom. Read full book review >

GOING WILD by Lisa McMann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A beginning full of potential. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Life gets strange for 12-year-old Charlie Wilde after she moves to a new town and finds a bracelet that grants her animal-based powers. Read full book review >
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PRINCESS OR A DRAGON? by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fun to read and visually appealing but unlikely to be a perennial favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Humorous rhymes and comical pictures compare stereotypical expectations of princesses and dragons, ending with a sly observation. Read full book review >
DIVE! by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fascinating World War II history for history buffs and browsers alike. (epilogue, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Hopkinson's writing plumbs the depths in relating the undersea exploits of American submariners during World War II. Read full book review >

THE BICYCLE SPY by Yona Zeldis McDonough
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A fine story of war, friendship, and taking a stand against injustice. (historical notes, glossary, further reading) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The Nazis have occupied France, and Marcel Christophe's world is suddenly full of mysteries. Read full book review >
HOW TO AVOID EXTINCTION by Paul Acampora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Late in the book, a character sums up the plot by saying, 'That's the key to happiness….Join the right circus.' Despite some flaws, this book is the right circus. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A screwball comedy sends Leo, his older cousin, Abbey, his grandmother, and a golden retriever across the country in a 1973 Buick Electra. Read full book review >
MARVIN AND THE MOTHS by Matthew Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"While not particularly substantive, this is the whole hog for silliness. (Fantasy. 7-12)"
A down-on-his-luck middle schooler discovers his town has some new arthropod inhabitants. Read full book review >
HUNGRY BIRD by Jeremy Tankard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A delightful romp. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bird's animal friends are patient, generous, and seemingly used to his endless complaints from previous outings in Grumpy Bird, (2007) and Boo Hoo Bird (2010). Read full book review >
THE NINJABREAD MAN by C.J. Leigh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Adds little to the original while propagating Asian and martial arts stereotypes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A ninja-themed retelling of "The Gingerbread Man." Read full book review >
NO FAIR! NO FAIR! by Calvin Trillin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"More of the same—but a nice more. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
The Thurber Prize winner's first collection of poetry for children has a familiar feel, except for that blue hyena. Read full book review >
123 DREAM by Kim Krans
by Kim Krans, illustrated by Kim Krans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A visual celebration of alliteration! (Picture book. 3-7)"
What do letters, numbers, and animals have in common? They are all in this book! 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 >