CAT IN THE NIGHT by Madeleine Dunphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Intriguing peek into the secret life of cats. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A cat relies on his senses during a nocturnal foray. Read full book review >
SNAIL HAS LUNCH by Mary Peterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Not as natural as Frog and Toad's clever repartee but a good purchase for children not quite ready for books without pictures but ready for chapters. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Five busy chapters introduce a reticent snail to the glories of a garden. Read full book review >

HOW THIS BOOK WAS MADE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Too funny for its own good. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A book tells the story of how it was made. Read full book review >
MR. PUTTY & TABBY HIT THE SLOPE by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Simple words can still surprise with adventure and humor. Cowabunga! (Early reader. 6-9)"
Who would have thought that a balding white homebody and his orange cat could become beloved stars of a long-running series for first- and second-graders? 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 >

THE UNGRATEFUL DEAD by Rose Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An amusing if not particularly diverse series entry. (Paranormal fiction. 9-12)"
This sequel to I Text Dead People (2015) finds Anna now not only plagued by ghosts, but by a nasty new stepsister. Read full book review >
PERIJEE AND ME by Ross Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Humor carries the day in this British import. (Science fiction. 8-11)"
The shrimplike being washed up near Caitlin's island home has surprising characteristics. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >