THIS ORQ. (HE #1) by David Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Formulaic but funny. (Picture book. 3-5)"
No. 1 cave boy loses his mojo and his reputation when a flashy new kid comes along. 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 >

ABC by Benedikt Gross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This alphabet scavenger hunt will intrigue adults perhaps more than kids, but it's fascinating and extremely inventive. (Picture book. 5 & up)"
This alphabet book takes the ABCs to new heights—literally. Read full book review >
EDWARD GETS MESSY by Rita Meade
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This can't approach Patrick McDonnell's A Perfectly Messed-Up Story (2014) for anxiety about mess and chaos or Deborah Freedman's Blue Chicken (2011) for glorious spills, but it's a fine addition. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If you're afraid to get messy, you might be missing out. Read full book review >
BEAR'S WINTER PARTY by Deborah Hodge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A solid choice on how to overcome isolation and learn to make friends. (Picture book. 4-7)"

POND by Jim LaMarche
Kirkus Star
by Jim LaMarche, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A loving portrayal of a never-forgotten connection with the natural world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Matt, his sister, Katie, and his best friend, Pablo, revive a pond in the woods and enjoy it throughout the seasons. Read full book review >
MARCEL by Eda Akaltun
by Eda Akaltun, illustrated by Eda Akaltun
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"These walks through Manhattan will more likely strike a chord with adults than children, despite a canine narrator. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two easily morphs into three for a dog, his person, and her new person. Read full book review >
KING BABY by Kate Beaton
Kirkus Star
by Kate Beaton, illustrated by Kate Beaton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Long live King and Queen Baby! (Picture book. 3-8)"
King Baby rules. Read full book review >
WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND by Felix Bernard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"As picturesque, nostalgic, and quaint as the happiest of holiday memories. (lyrics, author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this visual interpretation of a classic holiday song as sung by Peggy Lee, Hopgood strings together a beautiful, wintry chain of family pleasures. 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 >
THE BIG ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL by JoAnn Adinolfi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The sheer looniness of the premise combines with potty humor for a fairly specialized audience; readers looking for a traditional friendship book may find themselves averting their eyes. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Can eyeballs be characters if they don't have a face to sit in? If you add stick arms and legs, they can. When they link up with a "teeny tiny hamster" who's in search of a big adventure, the result is a goofy plot. Read full book review >
A HOP IS UP by Kristy Dempsey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Engaging art and attention to cadence and rhythm should make for a read-aloud winner. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A dog and child walk around their neighborhood. 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 >