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 >

GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Telgemeier's bold colors, superior visual storytelling, and unusual subject matter will keep readers emotionally engaged and unable to put down this compelling tale. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
Catrina narrates the story of her mixed-race (Latino/white) family's move from Southern California to Bahía de la Luna on the Northern California coast. Read full book review >
THE LITTLEST BIGFOOT by Jennifer Weiner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Enchanting right up to the sequel-beckoning end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Two girls, one a human and one a Yare, or Bigfoot, feel that they don't fit in with their families and communities. Read full book review >
LAST-BUT-NOT-LEAST LOLA AND A KNOT THE SIZE OF TEXAS by Christine Pakkala
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Cheeky Lola is a well-balanced combination of exuberance and naïve vulnerability that charms and entertains. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Hilarious Lola has a lot of problems, but the very biggest one—growing all the time—is the immense knot of snarled hair at the back of her head. What is a girl to do? Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF EXILE by Margaret Peterson Haddix
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This conversation-starting first in a series is a penetrating science-fiction thriller that adroitly explores the issue of prejudice. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
Rosi's life falls from idyllic to devastating when she and her friends are returned to their biological parents. Read full book review >
A NEW RECRUIT by Michael D. Beil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A suspenseful series opener with an admirably heroic protagonist. (Thriller. 9-13)"
Do you always do the right thing? Do you have what it takes to become an Agent of the Glass? Read full book review >
THE PECULIAR NIGHT OF THE BLUE HEART by Lauren DeStefano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The lovable characters, the mystery of the ghost, and the deep friendship between the two children will lead middle graders back to the author's A Curious Tale of the In-between (2015) and have them counting the days until her next book. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
This middle-grade fantasy thriller stars two orphans, Marybeth and Lionel, and depicts their trouble with a powerful and determined ghost. Read full book review >
WILLIAM AND THE WITCH'S RIDDLE by Shutta Crum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An exciting, neatly crafted adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
There is more to the tale of "Sleeping Beauty" than has been told through the centuries. 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 >