MARVIN AND THE MOTHS by Matthew Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"While not particularly substantive, this is the whole hog for silliness. (Fantasy. 7-12)"
A down-on-his-luck middle schooler discovers his town has some new arthropod inhabitants. Read full book review >
HOW TO AVOID EXTINCTION by Paul Acampora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Late in the book, a character sums up the plot by saying, 'That's the key to happiness….Join the right circus.' Despite some flaws, this book is the right circus. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A screwball comedy sends Leo, his older cousin, Abbey, his grandmother, and a golden retriever across the country in a 1973 Buick Electra. Read full book review >

CHARMED, I'M SURE by Sarah Darer Littman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Inventive and, yes, charming. (Fantasy. 9-14)<"
Rosie White Charming is an ordinary eighth-grader in New York City—who happens to be the beloved daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White Charming. Read full book review >
ENTER A GLOSSY WEB by McKenna Ruebush
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This trilogy opener may not be consistently inventive, but there are enough peculiar, oddball moments to keep readers surprised from beginning to end. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
This debut fantasy tests the theory that a great opening and closing number will cause an audience to forgive almost anything. 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 >

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 >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"More inspiration than documentation but definitively global in scope, a happy contrast to so many Eurocentric 'world' surveys. (Collective biography. 11-15)"
An international array of badass women through the ages and up to the present. Read full book review >
RETURN FIRE by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A satisfying end to this plot-driven adventure. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Cassie Arroyo returns in the sequel to Moving Target (2015). Read full book review >
UNBOUND by Ann E.  Burg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Beautifully done. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
The author of Serafina's Promise (2013) returns with another lyrical novel in verse. Read full book review >
THE CHANGER'S KEY by Kent Davis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Piracy, pyrotechnics, prison—prodigious.(Fantasy. 10-13)"
It's what inside that counts—particularly when it's a ciphered secret hidden in your blood. 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 >
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 >
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 >