DINING WITH DINOSAURS by Hannah Bonner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Five-star fare for librovores. (index, timelines, glossary) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
From T. rex and like "mega carnivores" down to bacterial "trashivores," everyone is a guest—and also on the menu—at this paleo-pantry. Read full book review >
THE BEST MAN by Richard Peck
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A nostalgic slice of Rockwell Americana with a contemporary filling. Delicious—take a bite. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Male role models aren't a scarce commodity for Archer Magill, but when two of them fall in love, what does that mean for his comprehension of the weird world of adults? Then there's all that impending puberty stuff. 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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >