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 >
LAST-BUT-NOT-LEAST LOLA AND A KNOT THE SIZE OF TEXAS by Christine Pakkala
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Cheeky Lola is a well-balanced combination of exuberance and naïve vulnerability that charms and entertains. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Hilarious Lola has a lot of problems, but the very biggest one—growing all the time—is the immense knot of snarled hair at the back of her head. What is a girl to do? Read full book review >
EAT, SLEEP, POOP by Alexandra Penfold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Eat, sleep, poop, read. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A baby's gotta do what a baby's gotta do. 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 >