THE COOKIE FIASCO by Dan Santat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"In the end it's a morality tale that may not be worth raiding the cookie jar for. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Elephant and Piggie introduce a beginning reader that's a math lesson: how can three cookies be divided equally among four friends? Read full book review >
THIS IS ME by Jamie Lee Curtis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An excellent springboard for school-age kids to discover who they are and where they come from. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In their latest venture, Curtis and Cornell tackle the question of identity and deconstruct it to a level young people can understand. Read full book review >

FIRST LIGHT, FIRST LIFE by Paul Fleischman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An origin tale as messy as humans can be. (author's note) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
In this multicultural mashup, the duo behind Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella (2007) weaves a wonderfully chaotic creation story. Read full book review >
SEPARATED by Shane Peacock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A fast pace and brief chapters help sustain this shallow narrative but don't fully make up for the frustrating lack of substance. (Thriller. 8-12)"
A white boy from Buffalo experiences unexpected thrills on a trip to Sweden. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Stéphane Melchior-Durand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An engaging adaptation, but some may wish to wait until all three volumes are available. (Graphic fantasy. 11 & up)"
The second volume of the graphic adaptation of Pullman's modern classic follows Lyra's adventures into frozen lands. Read full book review >

DORY DORY BLACK SHEEP by Abby Hanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Dory's fans will be entertained by this further adventure; an early illustrated spread will quickly draw new readers into Dory's fantasmagorical worlds. (Fiction. 6-8)"
First-grader Dory's imagination exceeds her reading ability, but after a black sheep follows her out of the pages of a book, she decides to work at this new skill. Read full book review >
BARRACUDA by Sigmund Brouwer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Didactic passages aside, this fast-paced mystery should appeal to Webb fans and those seeking an intrigue-filled escape to the Keys. (Adventure. 10-14)"
With deathbed secrets and attempted murder on the itinerary, spring break in the Florida Keys proves anything but relaxing for a teen and his grandfather. Read full book review >
SLIDE by Norah McClintock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Light on mystery but strong on adventure and heart. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Fourteen-year-old Rennie accompanies his grandmother on a ski trip and uncovers a murder plot. Read full book review >
BLIP! by Barnaby Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A sweet introduction to sequential art. (Graphic early reader. 4-6)"
What happens if your spaceship crash-lands on an alien planet and your vocabulary happens to be very limited? Read full book review >
SPEED by Ted Staunton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An average mystery for an uncertain audience. (Mystery. 8-12)"
A budding filmmaker finds opportunity and mystery on a camping trip with his family. Read full book review >
JUNGLE LAND by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A disappointing read. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old DJ is the first grandchild to be invited on a solo adventure with his grandfather, and he's excited about it. Read full book review >
LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF BEASTS by Emily Gravett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Sweet and silly, this metafictive romp is sure to please even the most anxious readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Mouse makes a triumphant return, this time trading a pen for a paintbrush to tackle fearsome foes. 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 >