Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This insightful, compelling account is an excellent introduction to Bonhoeffer and a perceptive look at what makes someone stand up for what's right. (photos, timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Biography. 11-14)"
The story of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer's brief but notable life is related in the context of his resistance to the Nazis and association with the 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Read full book review >
MAKING IT RIGHT by Marilee Peters
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Restorative justice is slippery in both philosophy and practice; Peters gives readers the tools to begin to think critically about their own roles in resolving conflicts both large and small. (glossary, sources, index)(Nonfiction. 12-16)"
An overarching look at an alternative approach to punishment. Read full book review >

FIGHT TO LEARN by Laura Scandiffio
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 >
ROSE & THORN by Sarah Prineas
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Pleasant but slight and, unfortunately, less than it might have been. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
Prineas is back with another high-concept fairy-tale retelling, this time tackling "Sleeping Beauty." Read full book review >
WATCHED by Marina Budhos
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"While the absence of certainty may frustrate some readers, it also speaks to the underlying takeaway: you can never be sure what others' intentions are, even if you have made it your job to study them. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Naeem, a teenager living in an immigrant neighborhood in Queens, finds his grip on life slipping. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An unusually inspiring story skillfully told. (authors' notes, timeline, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
This powerful biography of a little-known figure underscores the fact that civil rights workers in the 1960s South knowingly put their lives on the line for the cause. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This fast-paced story will likely compel its readers to learn more about North Korea after finishing it. (Memoir. 12-18)"
A pampered son of the elite survives a nightmarish ordeal in this page-turner of a memoir. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A compelling, unusual coming-of-age story. (Fiction. 12-18)"
After a tragic event changes the course of her life, Cara discovers a new version of herself. Read full book review >
NICKEL by Robert Wilder
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A witty, angst-filled drama that succeeds in spite of its flaws. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Ninth-grader Coy doesn't feel comfortable in his own skin. Read full book review >
WAR DOGS by Rebecca Frankel
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"Although fascinating, this lengthy effort seems nearly interchangeable with the adult version. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Military service dogs perform a variety of roles, but those trained to sniff out IEDs are the primary focus of this effort. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A superhero tale that never quite takes flight. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
In the 22nd century, the population includes meta-humans, those whose dormant superhuman powers were activated by the solar flares that also sparked World War III. Read full book review >
THE RULES OF EVER AFTER by Killian B.  Brewer
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"While the overarching message—'Your happiness shouldn't deny another's happiness. Don't ever try to deny a person their happily ever after'—is commendable, the novel lacks heft. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A young white man who doesn't want to play by society's rules finds his bliss in this frothy alternative fairy tale. 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 >