MIGHTY JACK by Ben Hatke
Kirkus Star
by Ben Hatke, illustrated by Ben Hatke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Very mighty indeed. (Graphic fantasy. 7-13)"
A comic-book riff on the classic tale of "Jack and the Beanstalk," in which an impoverished young boy learns that his new garden has a mind of its own. Read full book review >
THE MASK THAT SANG by Susan Currie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Drawing on her own experience discovering her Cayuga identity, Currie offers a tender, resonant tale. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Fifth-grader Cass Foster's life is altered after her single mother receives an unexpected inheritance that includes a house in a better neighborhood and the relief of a new school where Cass can escape the bullies that have made her life miserable. Read full book review >

THE SCRIBBLE SQUAD IN THE WEIRD WILD WEST by Donald "Scribe" Ross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Skip. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
Four friends embark on an unexpected adventure when a mural they are painting comes to life. Read full book review >
SKYBORN by Lou Anders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A throneworthy consort in a series forged in fantasy. (maps, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Friends are the family you choose, and family is the enemy you combat in an oppressive empire ripe for rebellion. Read full book review >
MARK OF THE PLAGUE by Kevin Sands
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Another stunner proves a worthy sequel to The Blackthorn Key (2015). (Historical mystery. 8-12)"
It is 1665, and the plague has arrived in London, bringing with it prophets of doom and unscrupulous swindlers hoping to prey upon the fears of the desperate citizens. Read full book review >

THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE ZOMBIE PARADE by Max Brallier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An apocalyptic adventure with a whole lot of heart. (Horror. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan and his crew of monster-fighting besties are fresh off their victorious battle against the evil Blarg, but there's no rest for the weary in the middle of a Monster Apocalypse. 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 >
ONE HALF FROM THE EAST by Nadia Hashimi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Well-told through appealing characters, this tale sheds light from a unique cultural perspective on the link between vastly different, rigidly enforced roles for boys and girls and gender-identity issues. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Obayda's family moved to a rural village after a Kabul bomb blast took her father's leg and the family's livelihood; in a bid to attract good fortune, relatives persuade her mother to transform Obayda, 10, youngest of four daughters, into a bacha posh: a boy. Read full book review >
A LONG PITCH HOME by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A warm, sensitive, realistic portrait of a Muslim boy adjusting to contemporary America. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When his family moves from Pakistan to America, a Muslim boy who loves cricket faces a year of adjustment and life without his father. Read full book review >
A CHILD OF BOOKS by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An ingenious, confident, and pretty cool exploration of literary delight. (Picture book. 5-12)"
A young girl reader helps a boy discover the imaginative art of stories in this insightful, intertextual ode to literary curiosity. Read full book review >
GUTLESS by Carl Deuker
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The sports may hook readers, but the bullying will land them. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Adding layers of complexity to the interactions of athletes, this sports novel set in Seattle offers a twofer: football and soccer. Read full book review >
THE TAPPER TWINS RUN FOR PRESIDENT by Geoff Rodkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The absence of malign characters or motives keeps the tone light, and the parallels with campaigns on broader stages will be obvious to all. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Political races can get ugly—particularly when they're family matters. 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 >