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 >
SKYBORN by Lou Anders
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A throneworthy consort in a series forged in fantasy. (maps, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Friends are the family you choose, and family is the enemy you combat in an oppressive empire ripe for rebellion. Read full book review >

THE ONES by Daniel Sweren-Becker
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The interesting concept is utterly foiled by pedestrian writing. (Dystopian thriller. 14-18)"
In a near-future America, intolerance against genetically engineered citizens takes a violent turn. Read full book review >
HOW TO MAKE OUT by Brianna R. Shrum
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An unlikable character in a predictable romantic predicament makes for a miss. (Fiction. 14-18)"
To make money, Renley will discover who she truly is. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While the book's not a total miss, better mystery and better representation can be found elsewhere. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In her fifth novel, Shaw tackles friendship, trust, and difference. Read full book review >

DANCING IN THE RAIN by Shelley Hrdlitschka
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Explores the realistic truth that not all relationships can be mended while also offering healing and hope. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Grieving her adoptive mother's death, Brenna begins learning more about her biological family, including her birth mother, Kia—whose pregnancy was detailed in Dancing Naked (2002). Read full book review >
GUTLESS by Carl Deuker
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The sports may hook readers, but the bullying will land them. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Adding layers of complexity to the interactions of athletes, this sports novel set in Seattle offers a twofer: football and soccer. Read full book review >
LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida  Córdova
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Underwhelming bruja adventure is fine for fans of diverse or urban paranormal stories. (author's note, map) (Fantasy. 13-17)"
A Brooklyn bruja who doesn't want her powers must journey to another dimension to save her family. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A smoothly written, standard-issue romance. (Romance. 12-18)"
Piper's family has been suffering since the 2008 recession, so Piper needs both a scholarship to an exclusive Washington, D.C., prep school and that school's Bennington Journalism Endowment so she can go to Columbia. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A provocative, sensitive, and oh-so-timely read. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
The rift between black scholar Ruth Beans and renowned white novelist Avadelle Richardson is ancient history in Oxford, Mississippi, but its cause is unknown until Ruth—now frail, living with her son, his white wife, and their child, Dani—asks her granddaughter to retrieve an envelope and key. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An exhausting run with a protagonist seemingly incapable of growth. (Fiction. 12-17)"
After Gigi Boudakian accuses him of rape, Keir struggles to reset his life in college, still certain he's done nothing wrong. Read full book review >
IT LOOKS LIKE THIS by Rafi Mittlefehldt
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A haven of understanding for readers who have felt the foolish hand of ignorance trying to prevent them from knowing, being, and loving who they are. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Ignorance takes a parent from powerful to pitiful in this steady coast through tragic heartbreak and retribution. 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 >