THE JOURNEY by Francesca Sanna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A necessary, artful, and searing story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-12)"
A timely, powerful picture book about refugees. Read full book review >
THE BIG ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL by JoAnn Adinolfi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The sheer looniness of the premise combines with potty humor for a fairly specialized audience; readers looking for a traditional friendship book may find themselves averting their eyes. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Can eyeballs be characters if they don't have a face to sit in? If you add stick arms and legs, they can. When they link up with a "teeny tiny hamster" who's in search of a big adventure, the result is a goofy plot. Read full book review >

JACK DEATH by M.L. Windsor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Comfortably familiar and well-executed series tropes make this funny romp one readers will want a sequel to. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Death's 10-year-old son and a risky new friend take on a cabal of genocidal racists in this lighthearted debut. Read full book review >
DOING HER BIT by Erin Hagar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Crisp dialogue and small dramas propel this story of a young woman's summer of service in wartime and women's emerging power on the homefront. (author's note, web search ideas, bibliography, period posters and photographs) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Based on real events and people, Hagar's story follows college student Helen Stevens during the summer of 1917 as the white "New York City college girl" learns farming to support the war effort. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Bryan makes real and palpable what chattel slavery meant and how it affected those who were enslaved; every child who studies American slavery would benefit from experiencing this historically grounded web of narratives. (author's note) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Bryan gives voices to the voiceless and presents the dreams of slaves who went to the grave without living them. Read full book review >

ARE YOU AN ECHO? by David Jacobson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Striking, memorable imagery—a lost hat enjoying a new life as a bird's nest, the mystery of a cicada's molted husk—guarantees fruitful rereadings for readers of all ages. (Picture book/poetry/biography. 6-11)"
A combined picture-book biography and brief anthology of poems by Japan's foremost 20th-century poet for children. Read full book review >
THE HOLOCAUST by Philip Steele
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An uninspired, unnecessary, superficial treatment of a critically important subject. (photos, maps, glossary, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Arresting visuals are the distinguishing feature of this introduction to the Holocaust for middle graders. Read full book review >
THE BOMBS THAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER by Brian Conaghan
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Charlie's cleareyed account delivers a powerful anti-war statement without a hint of pedantry.(Fiction. 10-14)"
All things considered, Charlie had been having a pretty good summer. Read full book review >
CLASS ELECTION by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Even readers with no political aspirations can pick up several useful cons. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Middle school hustler Max Corrigan ups his game to manage a hard-fought campaign for class president. Read full book review >
POCKET CHANGE by Michelle Mulder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Ambitious in scope and mission but uneven in execution; nevertheless, valuable in its illustration of alternative models of commerce. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A serious recalibration of our consumerist lifestyle is in order according to Mulder in this valiant attempt to historically situate an economic practice run amok. Read full book review >
THE MIGHTY ODDS by Amy Ignatow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Hilarious and revealing, this series opener is a must-have. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Ignatow turns on its head the classic middle school good kids-vs.-the populars/bullies trope. Read full book review >
THE EVIL WIZARD SMALLBONE by Delia Sherman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fans of fantasy will be captivated—and hoping for a sequel. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
It is an enduring, unforgiving Maine winter when 12-year-old runaway Nick Reynaud seeks shelter on a frigid night by knocking on the door of small-town evil wizard Zachariah Smallbone. 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 >