GROVER CLEVELAND, AGAIN! by Ken Burns
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A buoyant gallery, up to date, handsomely framed, and, in this particular election year, timely too. (glossary, list of historic sites) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
Humanizing portraits of the 43 men who have served as president of the United States. Read full book review >
THEY CHANGED THE WORLD by Lewis Helfand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Give this a pass: much clearer pictures of what DNA does and the strong personalities who were involved in winkling out its secrets are available. (Graphic nonfiction. 11-13)"
The story of the discovery of the structure of DNA, in graphic format. Read full book review >

DEX by Sheri Lynn Fishbach
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A bit underdone in spots but a mostly delectable debut. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A middle schooler discovers that he was born to be a celebrity chef. Read full book review >
BETWEEN WORLDS by Skip  Brittenham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This fantasy relies on technology to stand out. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Teen misfits accidentally discover a portal to a dangerous fantasy world in this immersive book/app combo. Read full book review >
THE SOCCER BOOK by Andrea Mills
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Random, with the occasional fact as undeniably flabbergasting as, well, soccer-ball-sized hail. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A grab bag of soccer tidbits, gathered like so many acorns by Mills. Read full book review >

EUREKA! by John Grant
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Culturally blinkered but refreshingly opinionated and not without a few pleasant surprises. (index) (Collective biography. 12-16)"
A lively parade of cranks, mystics, rebels, obsessives, and geniuses, humble or otherwise, whose discoveries and insights shaped today's science and technology. Read full book review >
TROLL OVERBOARD by Rob Harrell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A series that began as a Wimpy Kid wannabe moves up to a cabin in first class. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 10-12)"
Zarf, middle school troll, is tricked into a quest for magic beans that takes him into—and then out of—the belly of the beast. Blech. Read full book review >
PRINCE OF FIRE by Jatinder Verma
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
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 >
CLASS ELECTION by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Even readers with no political aspirations can pick up several useful cons. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Middle school hustler Max Corrigan ups his game to manage a hard-fought campaign for class president. Read full book review >
CIRCLES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Another solid shape book that will grow with young geometry learners; don't let the picture-book format fool you—high schoolers could use some of this math. (Informational picture book. 6-14)"
Following Triangles (2014), Adler and Miller tackle another shape. 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 MISSING SKULL by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A mysterious game that is unfortunately not that much fun to play. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Steve is thrilled when his enigmatic grandfather announces it is finally his turn to take a trip, but camping on a remote lake in northern Ontario seems pretty lame compared to his twin brother's epic adventure in Central America. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >