THE SECRET KEEPERS by Trenton Lee Stewart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society (2007) will welcome Stewart's latest puzzling adventure, whose seemingly ordinary hero proves quite extraordinary. (Adventure. 8-12)"
A solitary boy with a penchant for finding "spots where no one would ever think to look" finds a mysterious watch and unravels a series of startling secrets. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURER'S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES by Wade Albert White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"In this series opener, readers will find a humorous tale of adventure, friendship, and courage, all led by a brown-skinned protagonist. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Enter a world of magick, quests, and dragons with fireball powers in White's debut. Read full book review >

BEAUTIFUL BLUE WORLD by Suzanne LaFleur
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant. (Fiction. 10-14)"
War is raging in Sofarende, and it will have profound and devastating effects on 12-year-old Mathilde. No one is safe. Read full book review >
RABBIT & ROBOT AND RIBBIT by Cece Bell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Engrossing! (Early reader. 7-9)"
Three's a crowd in Bell's follow-up to Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover (2012) when Rabbit gets jealous of Robot's new amphibian pal, Ribbit. Read full book review >
GRUMBLES FROM THE TOWN by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An inventive miss. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This quirky Mother Goose book turns convention on its head. Read full book review >

CAT IN THE NIGHT by Madeleine Dunphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Intriguing peek into the secret life of cats. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A cat relies on his senses during a nocturnal foray. Read full book review >
SNAIL HAS LUNCH by Mary Peterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Not as natural as Frog and Toad's clever repartee but a good purchase for children not quite ready for books without pictures but ready for chapters. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Five busy chapters introduce a reticent snail to the glories of a garden. Read full book review >
HOW THIS BOOK WAS MADE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Too funny for its own good. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A book tells the story of how it was made. Read full book review >
MR. PUTTY & TABBY HIT THE SLOPE by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Simple words can still surprise with adventure and humor. Cowabunga! (Early reader. 6-9)"
Who would have thought that a balding white homebody and his orange cat could become beloved stars of a long-running series for first- and second-graders? Read full book review >
THE MUSIC IN GEORGE'S HEAD by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Bravo! (author's note, illustrator's note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Slade illuminates George Gershwin's creative process, from inception to premiere of "Rhapsody in Blue." Read full book review >
THE UNGRATEFUL DEAD by Rose Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An amusing if not particularly diverse series entry. (Paranormal fiction. 9-12)"
This sequel to I Text Dead People (2015) finds Anna now not only plagued by ghosts, but by a nasty new stepsister. Read full book review >
PERIJEE AND ME by Ross Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Humor carries the day in this British import. (Science fiction. 8-11)"
The shrimplike being washed up near Caitlin's island home has surprising characteristics. 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 >