KIDS OF APPETITE by David Arnold
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Sophisticated teen readers will love this. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In Hackensack, New Jersey, a teen grieving the death of his father flees home, urn containing his dad's ashes in hand, and stumbles upon the best friends of his life. Read full book review >
DANCING IN THE RAIN by Lynn Joseph
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"This book will break readers' hearts and then put them back together, in the best way. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Two Dominican children, one in the Dominican Republic and one in the United States, find their lives intertwined following the 9/11 attacks. Read full book review >

CIRCLES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Another solid shape book that will grow with young geometry learners; don't let the picture-book format fool you—high schoolers could use some of this math. (Informational picture book. 6-14)"
Following Triangles (2014), Adler and Miller tackle another shape. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS by Hannah West
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Sweet romance and strong supporting characters complete this impressive debut. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
Bristal, a teenage kitchen maid, never expected to survive being forced into the Water, a pool designed to prove that a mortal may be an elicromancer, an ancient breed of ageless and immortal beings that once populated the realm of Nissera. But she does. Read full book review >
THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan  Brown
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A satisfying adaptation for teens who want their thrills clean. (Thriller. 12-16)"
The bestselling page-turner, adapted for young readers. Read full book review >

GAMESCAPE by Emma Trevayne
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An overlong but reasonably effective dystopian thriller. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
A teen gamer plays for his life. Read full book review >
WHEN THEY FADE by Jeyn Roberts
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A satisfying read that tackles heavy issues and is never weighed down by them. (Paranormal suspense. 14-18)"
Canadian author Roberts delivers a modern ghost story. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER by Kat Spears
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A big disappointment for fans of Spears' other work; for a stellar exploration of the rural South, read Jeff Zentner's The Serpent King (2016) instead. (Fiction. 14-18)"
One teen replaces another at the top of a small-town social pyramid. Read full book review >
TRAILBLAZERS by Rachel Swaby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An interesting, engaging collection of snapshot profiles that will encourage readers to explore further and perhaps pursue their own scientific curiosities. (source notes, bibliography) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
With STEM now the hot trend in education and concerted efforts to encourage girls to explore scientific fields, this collective biography is most timely. Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S JUST ANOTHER WORD by Caroline Stellings
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Time spent with this strong, savvy female protagonist is time well spent, so long as readers focus on that journey. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination. Read full book review >
ANOTHER ME by Eva Wiseman
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Readers will need the Kleenex for this one. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
The bubonic plague brings added misery and death to European Jews. Read full book review >
THE BOMBS THAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER by Brian Conaghan
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Charlie's cleareyed account delivers a powerful anti-war statement without a hint of pedantry.(Fiction. 10-14)"
All things considered, Charlie had been having a pretty good summer. 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 >