THE EMERALD TABLET by Dan Jolley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A fast-paced read for middle-graders addicted to modern magical adventures.(Fantasy. 8-12)"
Gabe Conway and his three closest friends are accidentally lured into a magical adventure after performing a bonding ritual that seals their fate as friends forever. Read full book review >
CLAWS AND EFFECT by Chris Kientz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"The infodumps aren't heavy, but this isn't much more than a vehicle for its tidbits of history and science. (graphic afterword) (Graphic fantasy. 8-11)"
The sudden appearance of dinosaurs in place of house pets and other modern animals sends four young time travelers scurrying back into the past in search of history-changing meddlers. Read full book review >

RUDAS by Yuyi Morales
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A rowdy, raucous return for Niño and a dazzling debut for his most worthy rivals. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pint-sized luchador Niño captured readers' imaginations in the Pura Belpré Award-winning title Niño Wrestles the World (2014). Now he is back, but this time his baby sisters, Las Hermanitas, have come to steal the show. Read full book review >
THE RED PRINCE by Charlie Roscoe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A fable that attempts a spirit of community and loyalty but falls a bit flat in storytelling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When a young prince is captured, the townspeople come to his aid in a surprising way. Read full book review >
BECAUSE OF THURSDAY by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Written in honor of her own beloved cat and inspired by a real restaurant, Polacco's paean to pasta won't suit the tastes of the intended audience, who would be better served by a second helping of one of her earlier creations. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A grieving widow finds a new lease on life and unexpected material success after adopting a stray cat. Read full book review >

THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Commander S.T. Bolivar, III
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A mildly creepy premise, lots of clueless adults, and teens who are more pranksters than toughs keep the tone light. (Science fiction/suspense. 11-13)"
A reform school's rehab program turns out to have a disturbing biological component in this satiric series opener. Read full book review >
I'M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL by Gretchen McNeil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A quintessential thinking gal's love story. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A math whiz develops a formula to fix her high school experience. Read full book review >
CINNAMON MOON by Tess Hilmo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A good mix of history and mystery enlivened with interesting, likable characters. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
The Peshtigo Fire is the deadliest in recorded history, completely destroying the Wisconsin town and claiming as many as 2,500 lives, but it is largely forgotten because it happened on the same day as the Great Chicago Fire: Oct. 8, 1871. Read full book review >
LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY by Jill Diamond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A bit long for fluff but fun nevertheless. (Mystery. 8-11)"
Brown-haired, white Lou Lou Bombay and her blue-eyed, dark-skinned Mexican-American best friend, Peacock Pearl, work to solve a series of petty crimes in their city while also participating in Latino cultural events. Read full book review >
NIGHT OF THE LIVING SHADOWS by Dave Coverly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Ethically iffy there at the end but overall a lighter-than-air escapade with just a light wash of satire. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-9)"
A Bird Scout scavenger hunt sends avian buddies Speed Bump and Slingshot into that scariest of all places…a shopping mall. Read full book review >
LIKE MAGIC by Elaine Vickers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An endlessly endearing story of three girls' pursuit of friendship and the beauty and challenge of what it means to be 10. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Grace, Jada, and Malia overcome fear and loneliness with the help of a mysterious treasure box. Read full book review >
A LEGEND OF STARFIRE by Marissa Burt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Arduous. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Wren Matthews thought she had destroyed the evil Boggen, but he's back—and now, on Nod, he's experimenting with tainted stardust…on human subjects. 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 >