THE GREAT LEOPARD RESCUE by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Excellent writing and documentation distinguish Markle's latest. (author's note, additional facts, timeline, glossary, quotation sources, annotated list of web and print resources, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Markle introduces the critically endangered Amur leopard, detailing current strategies to augment its numbers using temporarily relocated, zooborn cats. Read full book review >
THE THIEF'S APPRENTICE by Bryan Methods
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The fight choreography needs work but otherwise, a promising debut and series opener. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
An English schoolboy hones both wits and breaking-and-entering skills after the family butler enlists him for a series of dangerous secret missions. Read full book review >

THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN by Thomas Baas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"As enticing as a piper's song and twice as alluring to the eye. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Dionysian excess meets its match when rats and pipers come to play. Read full book review >
CLAYTON STONE, FACING OFF by Ena Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Politics and espionage combine for a great read. (Thriller. 8-12)"
Only a few weeks after capturing a ring of kidnappers in Clayton Stone, at Your Service (2015), 13-year-old Clayton Stone is assigned his second mission for the Special Service. Read full book review >
SQUIRREL IN THE HOUSE by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Delightfully nutty chapter-book fare. (Fiction. 7-10)"
On a particularly cold, snowy afternoon, Twitch the squirrel decides to take up the next-door dog's invitation to go Inside, where the two wreak havoc before leading the man of the house Outside to rescue a small child. Read full book review >

MARINE SUPERSTARS by John Farndon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Standard issue browsing fodder, likely to sink quickly out of sight through overall mediocrity. (Nonfiction. 8-9)"
Quick takes on selected denizens of the deep (and not so deep), illustrated with a mix of nature photos and brightly colored painted portraits. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF GOLDENROD by Jane O'Reilly
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This solid middle-grade book shines with wisdom and compassion. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A young girl and her father, both white, move into a run-down mansion that is reputed to be haunted. Read full book review >
GOTH GIRL AND THE GHOST OF A MOUSE by Chris Riddell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A promising start to a weird new series. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Ada Goth solves a mystery. Read full book review >
MYSTERY &  MAYHEM by Crime Club, The
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This appetizing assortment is a nifty invitation to further mystery-reading. (Mystery/short stories. 10-15)"
A selection of 12 original, traditional mysteries loosely organized by minigenre: locked rooms, closed systems, poisonings, and dog stories. Read full book review >
FLOOD by Aaron Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The plot's on a mission, though there's sufficient humor and drama to keep it wheeling along. (bibliography) (Fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 11-13)"
Five teenagers find themselves transferred to an experimental science class that's considerably more hands-on than they expect. Read full book review >
SAMMY AND THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN by Rona Arato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Some scary moments and a juicy slice of history distinguish this credible mystery. (historical note, glossary of Yiddish) (Historical fiction/mystery. 10-12)"
Young people at a Catskills resort band together to head off (so to speak) some ghostly chicanery. Read full book review >
RUNS WITH COURAGE by Joan M. Wolf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This quiet story about a tragic and shameful episode in American history may not be compelling enough to attract those who are not die-hard fans of the genre. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In the Dakota Territory of the 1880s, 9-year-old Four Winds struggles to find her way after being abruptly taken from her family and coerced into attending an Indian boarding school. 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 >