JUANA AND LUCAS by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The real gift of this book comes from presenting a different point of reference to American children who hear only stories of poverty and need coming out of South America. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Meet Juana, a lively and opinionated grade school girl growing up in Bogotá, Colombia. She strongly dislikes wearing her hot and itchy school uniform but even more having to learn to speak English: "Why not just speak in Spanish? It is SO much easier!" Read full book review >
THE BLACK LOTUS by Kieran Fanning
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This is one ninja story that should have remained a secret. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In an alternate future, the Samurai Empire has taken over most of the world. The only hope for the United States, one of the few remaining independent countries, rests with a trio of kids and a secret organization of ninjas. Read full book review >

GIANT SQUID by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Visually marvelous, like its subject—with a text more poetic than expository. (labeled diagram of giant squid, author's note, bibliography, web resources, suggested books) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
This latest collaboration between Fleming and Rohmann explores the elusive giant squid. Read full book review >
RESCUE SQUAD NO. 9 by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"'Hooray! Hooray!' (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following Fire Engine No. 9 (2015), Austin looks at maritime emergency vehicles. Read full book review >
WILLA by Amy Ehrlich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A simplistic treatment for an audience likely unfamiliar with its subject. (timeline, thumbnail biographies of American women writers of Cather's time, bibliography) (Biography. 7-10)"
Ehrlich renders an admiring portrait of Cather, focusing on the relationship between her writing and the places she lived and visited. Read full book review >

LITTLE BOT AND SPARROW by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dreaming keeps memories alive for a very special robot in this sweet, quiet tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mechanical-avian friendship is an endearing one. Read full book review >
THE MOUSE AND THE MOON by Gabriel Alborozo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A quiet friendship story reminiscent of Kevin Henkes' Kitten's First Full Moon (2004) but not quite so satisfying. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A lonely "little mouse" whose only friend is the moon finds a kindred spirit. Read full book review >
WRITE THIS DOWN by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fellow writers will understand Autumn's quest, but others may not find her tale as compelling. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Autumn is a writer, and although she's just 12, she is fully ready to be published—or so she thinks. Read full book review >
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PRINCESS OR A DRAGON? by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fun to read and visually appealing but unlikely to be a perennial favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Humorous rhymes and comical pictures compare stereotypical expectations of princesses and dragons, ending with a sly observation. Read full book review >
LUCY'S LOVEY by Betsy Devany
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"There is no child who won't empathize with Lucy and cheer for her reunion with Smelly Baby. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lost-and-found-again doll brings together the members of a family. Read full book review >
DIVE! by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fascinating World War II history for history buffs and browsers alike. (epilogue, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Hopkinson's writing plumbs the depths in relating the undersea exploits of American submariners during World War II. Read full book review >
THE BICYCLE SPY by Yona Zeldis McDonough
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A fine story of war, friendship, and taking a stand against injustice. (historical notes, glossary, further reading) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The Nazis have occupied France, and Marcel Christophe's world is suddenly full of mysteries. 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 >