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 >
PASS THE PANDOWDY, PLEASE by Abigail Ewing Zelz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Not so much a history of food as history with food—a way of adding a bit of spice to general studies of the past. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
A tempting tasting platter of foods and eating customs in diverse times and places. Read full book review >

THE PRESIDENTIAL MASTERS OF PREHISTORY by Saskia Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Chortleworthy at first glance, disturbingly superficial at second and subsequent ones. (list of presidents) (Informational novelty. 10-12)"
Six presidents of our Holocene epoch pair up with prehistoric predecessors, from George Washingdonyx to Franklin D. Rex. Read full book review >
DANCING IN THE RAIN by Lynn Joseph
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"This book will break readers' hearts and then put them back together, in the best way. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Two Dominican children, one in the Dominican Republic and one in the United States, find their lives intertwined following the 9/11 attacks. 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 >
CIRCLES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Another solid shape book that will grow with young geometry learners; don't let the picture-book format fool you—high schoolers could use some of this math. (Informational picture book. 6-14)"
Following Triangles (2014), Adler and Miller tackle another shape. Read full book review >
WRITING WITH ROSIE by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A simple and lively guide for young writers everywhere. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
A writer and her dog team up to offer tips on how to write stories. Read full book review >
FRIENDS FOREVER by Roald Kaldestad
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Eloquent, poignant, this is for sensitive young readers who are missing old friends but ready to admit new ones. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A boy misses his best friend whenever it rains. And there have been 269 days of rain since she moved away a year ago. 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 >