GIANT SQUID by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Visually marvelous, like its subject—with a text more poetic than expository. (labeled diagram of giant squid, author's note, bibliography, web resources, suggested books) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
This latest collaboration between Fleming and Rohmann explores the elusive giant squid. Read full book review >
MORE THAN MAGIC by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Both the concept and the well-paced suspense will appeal. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Ryder has just turned 11, the same age as the cartoon character created by her years-dead mother, and learns that she can enter the cartoon world—and possibly save it. Read full book review >

FRAZZLED by Booki Vivat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A hilarious Asian-American heroine guaranteed to provoke laughs—not anxiety. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Abbie Wu, Chinese-American preteen and worrywart, is doomed. Read full book review >
STUNT CAT ACROSS AMERICA by Constance Lombardo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Not a total hairball, but far from a first purr-chase. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 7-11)"
Mr. Puffball's done with being a stunt cat…what's next for him? Read full book review >
WILLA by Amy Ehrlich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A simplistic treatment for an audience likely unfamiliar with its subject. (timeline, thumbnail biographies of American women writers of Cather's time, bibliography) (Biography. 7-10)"
Ehrlich renders an admiring portrait of Cather, focusing on the relationship between her writing and the places she lived and visited. Read full book review >

JUANA AND LUCAS by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The real gift of this book comes from presenting a different point of reference to American children who hear only stories of poverty and need coming out of South America. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Meet Juana, a lively and opinionated grade school girl growing up in Bogotá, Colombia. She strongly dislikes wearing her hot and itchy school uniform but even more having to learn to speak English: "Why not just speak in Spanish? It is SO much easier!" Read full book review >
BRIGHTWOOD by Tania Unsworth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Subtle and thought-provoking, the novel is entertaining and heartfelt as well as a gentle introduction to the world of mental illness. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An intriguing mix of fantasy, mystery, and mental illness. Read full book review >
THE BLACK LOTUS by Kieran Fanning
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This is one ninja story that should have remained a secret. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In an alternate future, the Samurai Empire has taken over most of the world. The only hope for the United States, one of the few remaining independent countries, rests with a trio of kids and a secret organization of ninjas. Read full book review >
NO FAIR! NO FAIR! by Calvin Trillin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"More of the same—but a nice more. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
The Thurber Prize winner's first collection of poetry for children has a familiar feel, except for that blue hyena. Read full book review >
MARVIN AND THE MOTHS by Matthew Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"While not particularly substantive, this is the whole hog for silliness. (Fantasy. 7-12)"
A down-on-his-luck middle schooler discovers his town has some new arthropod inhabitants. Read full book review >
FALLING OVER SIDEWAYS by Jordan Sonnenblick
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Authentic, funny, dramatic, fantastic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Claire's family is turned upside down, her friends—and enemies—become a surprising source of support. Read full book review >
HOW TO AVOID EXTINCTION by Paul Acampora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Late in the book, a character sums up the plot by saying, 'That's the key to happiness….Join the right circus.' Despite some flaws, this book is the right circus. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A screwball comedy sends Leo, his older cousin, Abbey, his grandmother, and a golden retriever across the country in a 1973 Buick Electra. 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 >