ATTICUS CLAW GOES ASHORE by Jennifer Gray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"Plenty of humor, along with the intrepid kitty, keeps things sailing. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The second U.S. release of the British Atticus Claw series finds Atticus outwitting pirates at sea. Read full book review >
A MOST MYSTERIOUS MOUSE by Giovanna Zoboli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 18, 2016

"It's an odd book, but for anyone who has mice on the brain like this cat, there are more than enough cute ones in this book to satisfy.(Picture book. 4-8)"
An unnamed cat experiences a metaphysical crisis. Read full book review >

OTTO AND THE SECRET LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS by Nora Surojegin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"An intriguing read-aloud for younger children and an entertaining choice for independent readers who like fantasy. (Fiction. 5-10)"
A white, elflike man named Otto searches for a mysterious thing called Christmas in this illustrated novel first published in Finland. Read full book review >
MARY'S LITTLE DONKEY by Gunhild Sehlin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A readable, pleasant story for patient listeners. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this picture-book adaptation of an old Swedish story, Mary befriends the donkey that becomes her transportation from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Read full book review >
SKY PIG by Jan L. Coates
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Piggie pipe dreams come to life in this agreeable book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
One little piggie dreams of flying…can it really happen? Read full book review >

WHEN GRANDMA GATEWOOD TOOK A HIKE by Michelle Houts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"She didn't like people passing her on the trail, the author notes, but readers could do worse than follow behind. (source note) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
A tribute to the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one go. Read full book review >
CLARA HUMBLE AND THE NOT-SO-SUPER POWERS by Anna Humphrey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A promising beginning to a new series about a spirited character who is discovering her real strengths. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Clara's superpowers include being able to spill things, communicate telepathically with her chinchilla, and wake up at 7:14 every morning, but will they be enough to stop her life from being ruined? Read full book review >
SEA OTTER RESCUE by Suzi Eszterhas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Another appealing depiction of animal rescue for readers who care about the natural world. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
An experienced wildlife photographer documents the work of staff at the Alaska SeaLife Center to save orphaned sea otter babies. Read full book review >
THE SCHOOL THE AZTEC EAGLES BUILT by Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A stirring tribute to an unjustly overlooked group of heroes. (glossary, pronunciation guide, author's note) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Nicholson chronicles the important but little-known alliance between the United States and Mexico during World War II Read full book review >
GROWING PEACE by Richard Sobol
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A welcome addition to children's nonfiction from a master photojournalist. (author's note, glossary, sources) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Large, full-color photographs accompany the true story of one man's efforts to bring together people of three religions by helping them create a Fair Trade-certified coffee-selling cooperative. Read full book review >
WHERE DO RIVERS GO, MOMMA? by Catherine L. Weyerhaeuser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A smooth if not very memorable ride. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A child's questions lead to a trip around the water cycle, with stops to examine erosion, aquifer misuse, and other hydrological topics. Read full book review >
CRASH! THE CAT by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A sadly run-of-the-mill effort from such a name as McPhail. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Crash is a feline wrecking crew! 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 >