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 SECRET KEEPERS by Trenton Lee Stewart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society (2007) will welcome Stewart's latest puzzling adventure, whose seemingly ordinary hero proves quite extraordinary. (Adventure. 8-12)"
A solitary boy with a penchant for finding "spots where no one would ever think to look" finds a mysterious watch and unravels a series of startling secrets. 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 >
THE ADVENTURER'S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES by Wade Albert White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"In this series opener, readers will find a humorous tale of adventure, friendship, and courage, all led by a brown-skinned protagonist. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Enter a world of magick, quests, and dragons with fireball powers in White's debut. 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 KING OF THE BIRDS by Acree Graham Macam
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Feathered friends of many varieties adorn this charming volume that evokes bygone times of unfettered outdoor play and highlights a little-known episode in the life of a remarkable woman, but the peacock truly rules the roost. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Readers with a taste for the quirky will flock to this tale inspired by Flannery O'Connor's love of peafowl. Read full book review >
NINJA BUNNY by Jennifer Gray Olson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Funny and full of motion. (Picture book. 3-6)"
You never know when an extra ninja will come in handy. Read full book review >
HOME AT LAST by Vera B.  Williams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A book to welcome into all kinds of homes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Williams' heartfelt text, published posthumously, supports Raschka's expressive illustrations to tell the story of a child adopted by two dads. Read full book review >
PANDA PANTS by Jacqueline Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"There's nothing too scary, no message to navigate—just a sweet story, well done. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little panda has decided that he wants pants, and he's going to tell his father exactly why. 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 >
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 >
TURN ON THE NIGHT by Geraldo Valério
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"More than a bedtime story: a treat from a masterful artist. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little girl falls asleep—clutching her picture book and her stuffed-animal hen—and a joyous, wordless adventure unfolds. 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 >