JUBILEE by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An appealing story weighed down by its protagonist's self-pity. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Judith—called Jubilee by Aunt Cora and No-Talk-Girl by the 5-year-old brother of her former friend, Sophie—narrates her own tale of personal growth during fifth grade. Read full book review >
THE BOY WITH 17 SENSES by Sheila Grau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A fractured fairy tale that splinters on impact. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Jaq is willing to do anything to save his family's home; he'll even travel to another world. Read full book review >

THE PECULIAR NIGHT OF THE BLUE HEART by Lauren DeStefano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The lovable characters, the mystery of the ghost, and the deep friendship between the two children will lead middle graders back to the author's A Curious Tale of the In-between (2015) and have them counting the days until her next book. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
This middle-grade fantasy thriller stars two orphans, Marybeth and Lionel, and depicts their trouble with a powerful and determined ghost. Read full book review >
FIGHT TO LEARN by Laura Scandiffio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This moving look at children going to extraordinary lengths, even risking their lives, to get an education should be required reading for the millions of American students who resent going to school. (photos, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A collection of stories about children who risk much to avail themselves of learning opportunities and determined individuals who fight to bring education to those children. Read full book review >
THE EVIL WIZARD SMALLBONE by Delia Sherman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fans of fantasy will be captivated—and hoping for a sequel. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
It is an enduring, unforgiving Maine winter when 12-year-old runaway Nick Reynaud seeks shelter on a frigid night by knocking on the door of small-town evil wizard Zachariah Smallbone. Read full book review >

FIONA'S LITTLE LIE by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A gently humorous take on being honest and learning to admit when you're wrong. (Picture book. 4-7)"
How can you un-tell a lie? Read full book review >
THE MEMORY WALL by Lev AC Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Thoughtful, earnest, and gratifying. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Just as his mother enters a nursing home with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a biracial (black and white) seventh-grade boy finds solace in a complex video game. Read full book review >
MR. PUTTY & TABBY HIT THE SLOPE by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Simple words can still surprise with adventure and humor. Cowabunga! (Early reader. 6-9)"
Who would have thought that a balding white homebody and his orange cat could become beloved stars of a long-running series for first- and second-graders? Read full book review >
DUCK ON A TRACTOR by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fans of Duck's previous outing will revel in this return to gentle anarchy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this similarly funny sequel to Duck on a Bike (2002), Shannon's adventurous Duck returns to conquer his next riding challenge—a tractor! Read full book review >
DID YOU EVER SEE? by Joanna Walsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Science books for the young can and should do better than this. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This new offering from the Tate Gallery's publishing arm asks simple questions about visual perception, challenging readers to make judgments about relationships between familiar objects. Read full book review >
TOBY by Hazel Mitchell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Toby is a pleasing pup, but his story doesn't stand out from the crowded pack of dog tales. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
A timid rescue dog learns to get along with his new owners, a lonely boy and his single dad. Read full book review >
PERIJEE AND ME by Ross Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Humor carries the day in this British import. (Science fiction. 8-11)"
The shrimplike being washed up near Caitlin's island home has surprising characteristics. 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 >