THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An unflinching look at rape culture and its repercussions. (Thriller. 15-18)"
Three teens in small-town Ohio struggle with sexual violence, together and individually, in a tragic thriller. 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 >

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 >
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 >
BAD GIRLS OF FASHION by Jennifer Croll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Richly detailed and engagingly written, Croll's captivating study is sure both to enlighten and embolden fashion-minded youth. (index, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-17)"
A probing look at influential women in fashion history. Read full book review >

THE LAST TRUE LOVE STORY by Brendan Kiely
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Readers will be swept up in Kiely's musical prose as Teddy learns about love, romance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Teddy, 17, makes a promise to his Alzheimer's-stricken grandfather, Gpa, to bring him home from assisted living before he forgets Teddy's deceased grandmother. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL BLUE WORLD by Suzanne LaFleur
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant. (Fiction. 10-14)"
War is raging in Sofarende, and it will have profound and devastating effects on 12-year-old Mathilde. No one is safe. Read full book review >
THE MIGHTY ODDS by Amy Ignatow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Hilarious and revealing, this series opener is a must-have. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Ignatow turns on its head the classic middle school good kids-vs.-the populars/bullies trope. Read full book review >
THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A well-crafted fable for our time: as we focus on filling the plate in front of us, we risk forgetting where it came from, what it cost, and what that means. (Science fiction.12-16)"
Every 12 years, the people of Canaan lose their memories and must reconstitute identity and relationships from books recording their personal histories—but with her memory secretly intact, Nadia dreads the chaos and violence the imminent Forgetting will bring. 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 >
THINGS TOO HUGE TO FIX BY SAYING SORRY by Susan Vaught
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
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 >
27 MAGIC WORDS by Sharelle Byars Moranville
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Both tragic and uplifting, this winsome tale perfectly depicts some of the many aspects of magic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kobi's world is vividly portrayed, shimmering with just a soupçon of subtle magic from the opening pages. 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 >