CRACK COACH by Steven Sandor
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"While more politics than sports, this is fast and unafraid of issues. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A football coach who's just been elected mayor spirals out of control, and his players suffer. Read full book review >
CREEP CON by Kim Firmston
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Uneven though worthy in message. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A cautionary tale about male sexual entitlement. Read full book review >

ONE NIGHT by Melanie Florence
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A weak if well-meaning addition to a genre in need of strong books. (Fiction. 13-16)"
One night of horror leaves a lasting problem for 17-year-old Luna and her family. Read full book review >
GONE WILD by Jodi Lundgren
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A breath of fresh air lifts these familiar themes. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Two teens looking to get away from it all find exactly what they need in the Canadian wilderness. Read full book review >
ICE-OUT by Mary Casanova
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A unique look at a familiar period in history. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
It is the 1920s, the age of Prohibition, the automobile, and the speak-easy. Even in rural Minnesota there is money to be made for anyone willing to bend the rules. Read full book review >

THE PACT by Amanda West Lewis
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Solid. (glossary, author's note, author interview) (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
A German boy comes of age during World War II. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The first entry in an entertaining new girl detective series; here's hoping future volumes will develop both characterization and puzzles. (Mystery. 11-14)"
An Edwardian shopgirl, accused of a theft she didn't commit, solves the dastardly deed with the help of her new friends. Read full book review >
PRINCE OF FIRE by Jatinder Verma
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"One of the world's essential texts, presented in an accessible manner. (Folklore. 10-14)"
A slightly revised version of a picture book (The Story of Divaali, 2002), this is presented more appropriately as a chapter book for "confident readers." Read full book review >
TREECOLOGY by Monica Russo
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A labor of love reflecting years of experience in the field as well as in writing for young readers, this offers a path to interesting explorations of the natural world. (glossary, common and scientific names, resources, teacher's guide, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-15)"
Enter the world of trees! Read full book review >
MEMORY GIRL by Linda Joy Singleton
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"This familiar-feeling novel nevertheless takes a different look at the cost of conformity and the price of independence. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
For most teenagers, fitting in is a high priority. But for some, remaining independent is even more important. Read full book review >
27 MAGIC WORDS by Sharelle Byars Moranville
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 >
NAKED '76 by Kevin Brooks
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Recommended for fans of punk rock and 1970s British counterculture. (Historical fiction. 13-16)"
Playing bass for Naked, Lili, 16, witnesses punk rock's rise from counterculture obscurity to center stage in London's music scene and comes face to face with the Troubles, Northern Ireland's bitter, violent guerilla conflict. 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 >