THE MEMORY WALL by Lev AC Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Thoughtful, earnest, and gratifying. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Just as his mother enters a nursing home with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a biracial (black and white) seventh-grade boy finds solace in a complex video game. Read full book review >
LAST MAN OUT by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Believable pain and recovery against a solid football backdrop. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A middle school football player grieves his father's death both on and off the field. Read full book review >

JUBILEE by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An appealing story weighed down by its protagonist's self-pity. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Judith—called Jubilee by Aunt Cora and No-Talk-Girl by the 5-year-old brother of her former friend, Sophie—narrates her own tale of personal growth during fifth grade. Read full book review >
CATCHING A STORYFISH by Janice N. Harrington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A gentle-spirited book about a black girl who almost gives up her gift but for love and friendship. (Verse novel. 8-12)"
Poet and storyteller Harrington offers a verse novel about a girl named Katharen, nicknamed Keet for the parakeetlike chattiness that her family loves, particularly her grandpa, an avid fisherman. Read full book review >
BAD GIRLS OF FASHION by Jennifer Croll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Richly detailed and engagingly written, Croll's captivating study is sure both to enlighten and embolden fashion-minded youth. (index, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-17)"
A probing look at influential women in fashion history. Read full book review >

TWO NAOMIS by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A smart, endearing story about two girls who are blending families, growing up, and building a friendship. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Two girls named Naomi build an unlikely friendship after their parents begin dating each other. Read full book review >
THE POET'S DOG by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness. (Fantasy. 6-12)"
An unusual dog rescues two children from a storm. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This insightful, compelling account is an excellent introduction to Bonhoeffer and a perceptive look at what makes someone stand up for what's right. (photos, timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Biography. 11-14)"
The story of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer's brief but notable life is related in the context of his resistance to the Nazis and association with the 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Read full book review >
FIGHT TO LEARN by Laura Scandiffio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This moving look at children going to extraordinary lengths, even risking their lives, to get an education should be required reading for the millions of American students who resent going to school. (photos, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A collection of stories about children who risk much to avail themselves of learning opportunities and determined individuals who fight to bring education to those children. Read full book review >
ROSE & THORN by Sarah Prineas
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Pleasant but slight and, unfortunately, less than it might have been. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
Prineas is back with another high-concept fairy-tale retelling, this time tackling "Sleeping Beauty." Read full book review >
PABLO FINDS A TREASURE by Andrée Poulin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Poverty is difficult to grasp if one is not living it; this story may help nurture empathetic future generations. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A young boy must salvage recyclable material from a mountain of trash in order to earn money for his family. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An unusually inspiring story skillfully told. (authors' notes, timeline, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
This powerful biography of a little-known figure underscores the fact that civil rights workers in the 1960s South knowingly put their lives on the line for the cause. 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 >