WATCHED by Marina Budhos
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"While the absence of certainty may frustrate some readers, it also speaks to the underlying takeaway: you can never be sure what others' intentions are, even if you have made it your job to study them. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Naeem, a teenager living in an immigrant neighborhood in Queens, finds his grip on life slipping. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An unusually inspiring story skillfully told. (authors' notes, timeline, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
This powerful biography of a little-known figure underscores the fact that civil rights workers in the 1960s South knowingly put their lives on the line for the cause. Read full book review >

THE BOY WITH 17 SENSES by Sheila Grau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A fractured fairy tale that splinters on impact. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Jaq is willing to do anything to save his family's home; he'll even travel to another world. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This fast-paced story will likely compel its readers to learn more about North Korea after finishing it. (Memoir. 12-18)"
A pampered son of the elite survives a nightmarish ordeal in this page-turner of a memoir. Read full book review >
THE ART OF HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO by Kristin Lenz
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A compelling, unusual coming-of-age story. (Fiction. 12-18)"
After a tragic event changes the course of her life, Cara discovers a new version of herself. Read full book review >

NICKEL by Robert Wilder
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A witty, angst-filled drama that succeeds in spite of its flaws. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Ninth-grader Coy doesn't feel comfortable in his own skin. Read full book review >
THE LOST LULLABY by Jason Segel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"This is one trilogy that ends on a high note. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Charlie Laird faces off against ICK and INK in the finale of the Nightmares! trilogy. Read full book review >
WAR DOGS by Rebecca Frankel
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"Although fascinating, this lengthy effort seems nearly interchangeable with the adult version. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Military service dogs perform a variety of roles, but those trained to sniff out IEDs are the primary focus of this effort. Read full book review >
THE RULES OF EVER AFTER by Killian B.  Brewer
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"While the overarching message—'Your happiness shouldn't deny another's happiness. Don't ever try to deny a person their happily ever after'—is commendable, the novel lacks heft. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A young white man who doesn't want to play by society's rules finds his bliss in this frothy alternative fairy tale. Read full book review >
THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE by Erin Petti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"An inventive debut ghost story starring a contemporary girl with ancient powers. (Ghost story. 8-12)"
When a ghost kidnaps her father, a budding young scientist must complete a daunting task to save him. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An inspiring tale as well as a tantalizing invitation to visit one of our country's newest 'must see' attractions. (source notes) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
An account of how the "hundred-year hope" for a National Museum of African American History and Culture came to fruition, with glimpses of the new institution's treasures. Read full book review >
CURSE OF THE BOGGIN by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Readers will be rooting for this tenacious kid as he keeps a steady head and stays just a step or two ahead of creepy beings conjured from a supernatural world. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Marcus O'Mara's world is turned upside down when he begins to see frightening apparitions while at school serving detention. 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 >