GHOST by Jason Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An endearing protagonist runs the first, fast leg of Reynolds' promising relay. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Castle "Ghost" Cranshaw feels like he's been running ever since his dad pulled that gun on him and his mom—and used it. Read full book review >
THE IRON HAND by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A well-wrought, well-timed, and satisfying finale to this well-conceived series. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
The headlong chase that began in Tower of Treasure (2010) ends in a climactic whirl of dramatic rescues, heated confrontations, and sudden reversals of fortune. Read full book review >

IN OVER HER HEAD by Melody Fitzpatrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Hannah remains too superficial to ever be engaging. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Back for a third outing is 14-year-old Hannah, the breezy white star of her own local television show, this time bound for a treasure hunt that will be filmed for a new on-air project. Read full book review >
OTHER-WORDLY by Yee-Lum Mak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Great fun for anyone 'wordly-wise.' (list of words by language, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
Words and definitions beloved by the author and representing 18 languages are arranged from one to three per page, accompanied by watercolor illustrations in subdued tones of russets, grays, greens, and browns. Read full book review >
VIETNAM by Russell Freedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Solid history that doesn't shy away from difficult truths and important moral and political lessons. (timeline, source notes, glossary, bibliography, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
An overview of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. 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 >
THE INFINITY YEAR OF AVALON JAMES by Dana Middleton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A fine, tenderly nuanced tale of the remarkable power of friendship. (Fiction. 9-12)"
It's Avalon's 11th year—her Infinity Year—the brief period when she and her very best friend, Atticus, will discover and be able to use their shared magic power. Read full book review >
INTO THE OUTLANDS by Robert Christie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Fans will be glad of the ominous ending that portends more adventures to come. (Graphic adventure. 7-12)"
What secrets and perils lie in the outlands of Crutonia? Read full book review >
UNDER EARTH, UNDER WATER by Aleksandra Mizielinska
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A geo-hodgepodge, wearisome despite its planetary scope and a resolutely international outlook. (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
On oversized pages, top-to-bottom journeys through first our planet and then its oceans. Read full book review >
THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Once again, the individual Native Americans are lost in history. (endnotes, artist's notes, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
Persecuted by the U.S. government, many Navajo children were forced to give up their language in boarding schools established in the 19th century and designed to eradicate Native American culture. Read full book review >
THE MILLION STORIES OF MARCO POLO by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Readers looking to learn about Marco Polo will do better looking elsewhere. (map, foreword, notes) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
As a scribe works, a child visits him, curious to hear the stories he has transcribed about Marco Polo. Read full book review >
UNLOCKED by Margo Kelly
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An engaging mystery with hints of supernatural and romance is marred by mediocre writing. (Supernatural thriller. 12-16)"
Hannah's behavior becomes increasingly erratic and frightening following a session with a hypnotist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >