CHARMED, I'M SURE by Sarah Darer Littman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Inventive and, yes, charming. (Fantasy. 9-14)<"
Rosie White Charming is an ordinary eighth-grader in New York City—who happens to be the beloved daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White Charming. Read full book review >
A TASTE FOR MONSTERS by Matthew J. Kirby
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A lovely, suspenseful, lyrical, imperfect paranormal mystery. (Historical paranormal. 13-15)"
A down-on-her-luck white girl with facial scars seeks safety (both physical and metaphysical) in a story framed by two unrelated true events that occurred in 1888: the Jack the Ripper murders and the decline of Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man. Read full book review >

FALLING OVER SIDEWAYS by Jordan Sonnenblick
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Authentic, funny, dramatic, fantastic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Claire's family is turned upside down, her friends—and enemies—become a surprising source of support. Read full book review >
THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS by Amy Lukavics
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Horror for romance fans. (Horror. 14-18)"
A girl becomes certain that the ghosts of her mother and other female relatives inhabit the walls of her family mansion. Read full book review >
FISHBONE'S SONG by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A beautifully written elegy to coming of age in bygone days that, unfortunately, oversimplifies complex issues. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A white boy narrates his upbringing by a solitary old white man in a tiny cabin in the woods. Read full book review >

BRIGHT SMOKE, COLD FIRE by Rosamund Hodge
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A bloody and bold tale for those who want some Romero with their Romeo, but resolution awaits a sequel. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Young lovers and enemies try to save the city in this dystopian spin on Romeo and Juliet. Read full book review >
THE MIGHTY DYNAMO by Kieran Crowley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Go team! (Fiction. 9-14)"
The Mighty Ducks (of film fame) meet soccer, Irish style. Read full book review >
BARRACUDA by Sigmund Brouwer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Didactic passages aside, this fast-paced mystery should appeal to Webb fans and those seeking an intrigue-filled escape to the Keys. (Adventure. 10-14)"
With deathbed secrets and attempted murder on the itinerary, spring break in the Florida Keys proves anything but relaxing for a teen and his grandfather. Read full book review >
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Perhaps a more genuinely enlightened protagonist would have made this debut more engaging. (Historical thriller. 15-18)"
Audrey Rose Wadsworth, 17, would rather perform autopsies in her uncle's dark laboratory than find a suitable husband, as is the socially acceptable rite of passage for a young, white British lady in the late 1800s. Read full book review >
TRUTH OR DARE by Barbara Dee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Entertaining bibliotherapy but also a useful road map to resolution of the age-old problem of severe cattiness. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's hard to watch white seventh-grader Lia, rebounding from her mother's death two years ago, engineer her own slow-motion train wreck. Read full book review >
THE ODDS OF LIGHTNING by Jocelyn Davies
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Both 'then' and 'now' plots combine to make an engaging work. (Friendship fiction. 14-18)"
Putting a scientific cast on magical realism, the lives of four teens are changed by a bolt of lightning. Read full book review >
THE DARK ARMY by Joseph Delaney
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Skippable for newbies, but fans will salvage enough to make it worthwhile even as they hope for payoff next time. (Grimalkin's notes, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Tom Ward, the Chipenden Spook, is back from the dead and ready to fight against the monstrous wolflike Kobalos horde, with his apprentice, Jenny Calder, and the witch assassin Grimalkin by his side. 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 >