JUNGLE LAND by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A disappointing read. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old DJ is the first grandchild to be invited on a solo adventure with his grandfather, and he's excited about it. Read full book review >
PRESENTING BUFFALO BILL by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Illustrated with archival material and supplemented with extensive backmatter, this is a thoroughly engaging portrait of a fascinating, larger-than-life figure. (photos, bibliography, source notes) (Biography. 10-14)"
Fleming presents a lively, evenhanded portrait of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, a master of self-promotion who became a world-famous entertainer and whose name became synonymous with "Wild West." Read full book review >

THE INITIATION by Ridley Pearson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A disappointing reinvention of beloved characters. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Set in modern-day Boston, this first in a new series chronicles the interactions between high school age Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis, James Moriarty. Read full book review >
INSERT COIN TO CONTINUE by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"The last thing video game nerds need is a reinforcement of a regressive view of women as objects instead of individuals. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A video game fanatic turns his world upside down. Read full book review >
A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING by Jessica Cluess
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Despite possessing every cliché in the genre, an elegantly addictive read. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
The only thing more terrifying than being proclaimed the chosen one is secretly knowing you aren't. Read full book review >

THE FORGETTING MACHINE by Pete Hautman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Tightly plotted mysteries lightened with wacky, ludicrous humor. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
In this sequel to The Flinkwater Factor (2015), Hautman returns to quirky Flinkwater for more technology-driven mysteries with spunky carrot-topped Ginger. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An important and timely corrective. (timelines, source notes, bibliography, index). (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Known for his Don't Know Much About… series, Davis here focuses on the lives of five individuals who were enslaved to some of the most important proponents of American liberty; "Only then can we really understand and possibly move past the stain of a racist past that still haunts America." Read full book review >
THE OTHER BOY by M.G. Hennessey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"This is the story with a triumphant-but-realistic ending that trans kids haven't had enough of. It's challenging but not tragic, and it ends with bright, beautiful hope. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Shane Woods is seriously into baseball, video games, the graphic novel he's drawing, and a redheaded classmate named Madeline. Read full book review >
THE BEST MAN by Richard Peck
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A nostalgic slice of Rockwell Americana with a contemporary filling. Delicious—take a bite. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Male role models aren't a scarce commodity for Archer Magill, but when two of them fall in love, what does that mean for his comprehension of the weird world of adults? Then there's all that impending puberty stuff. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER by Katie O'Neill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Combine a cuddly purple dragon, much sharing of cookies, abundant humor, and two distinct and appealing heroines, and you have a royal winner. (Graphic fantasy. 8-13)"
Someday your princess will come—and she'll be rocking a mohawk-mullet, wearing a jaunty tunic complete with epaulets and cravat, and riding a disdainful pink unicorn. Read full book review >
ATTICUS CLAW GOES ASHORE by Jennifer Gray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"Plenty of humor, along with the intrepid kitty, keeps things sailing. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The second U.S. release of the British Atticus Claw series finds Atticus outwitting pirates at sea. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENTIAL MASTERS OF PREHISTORY by Saskia Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Chortleworthy at first glance, disturbingly superficial at second and subsequent ones. (list of presidents) (Informational novelty. 10-12)"
Six presidents of our Holocene epoch pair up with prehistoric predecessors, from George Washingdonyx to Franklin D. Rex. 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 >