CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An important and timely corrective. (timelines, source notes, bibliography, index). (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Known for his Don't Know Much About… series, Davis here focuses on the lives of five individuals who were enslaved to some of the most important proponents of American liberty; "Only then can we really understand and possibly move past the stain of a racist past that still haunts America." Read full book review >
THE INITIATION by Ridley Pearson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A disappointing reinvention of beloved characters. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Set in modern-day Boston, this first in a new series chronicles the interactions between high school age Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis, James Moriarty. Read full book review >

WEERDEST DAY EVER! by Richard Scrimger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An unconventional narrator steals the show. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A missing sword, a cow, a one-armed man, and a first crush all combine to make this camping trip the weerdest ever. Read full book review >
WE ARE GROWING! by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Amusing, yes. Useful for reading practice, yes, but not necessarily guaranteed to make new readers the 'read-i-est.' (Early reader. 6-8)"
Elephant and Piggie make an appearance to introduce the first in their new series, an egalitarian introduction to superlatives. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >