MORE THAN MAGIC by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Both the concept and the well-paced suspense will appeal. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Ryder has just turned 11, the same age as the cartoon character created by her years-dead mother, and learns that she can enter the cartoon world—and possibly save it. Read full book review >
FRAZZLED by Booki Vivat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A hilarious Asian-American heroine guaranteed to provoke laughs—not anxiety. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Abbie Wu, Chinese-American preteen and worrywart, is doomed. Read full book review >

BRIGHT SMOKE, COLD FIRE by Rosamund Hodge
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A bloody and bold tale for those who want some Romero with their Romeo, but resolution awaits a sequel. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Young lovers and enemies try to save the city in this dystopian spin on Romeo and Juliet. Read full book review >
FISHBONE'S SONG by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A beautifully written elegy to coming of age in bygone days that, unfortunately, oversimplifies complex issues. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A white boy narrates his upbringing by a solitary old white man in a tiny cabin in the woods. Read full book review >
BRIGHTWOOD by Tania Unsworth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Subtle and thought-provoking, the novel is entertaining and heartfelt as well as a gentle introduction to the world of mental illness. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An intriguing mix of fantasy, mystery, and mental illness. Read full book review >

THE BLACK LOTUS by Kieran Fanning
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This is one ninja story that should have remained a secret. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In an alternate future, the Samurai Empire has taken over most of the world. The only hope for the United States, one of the few remaining independent countries, rests with a trio of kids and a secret organization of ninjas. Read full book review >
MARVIN AND THE MOTHS by Matthew Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"While not particularly substantive, this is the whole hog for silliness. (Fantasy. 7-12)"
A down-on-his-luck middle schooler discovers his town has some new arthropod inhabitants. Read full book review >
FALLING OVER SIDEWAYS by Jordan Sonnenblick
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Authentic, funny, dramatic, fantastic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Claire's family is turned upside down, her friends—and enemies—become a surprising source of support. Read full book review >
HOW TO AVOID EXTINCTION by Paul Acampora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Late in the book, a character sums up the plot by saying, 'That's the key to happiness….Join the right circus.' Despite some flaws, this book is the right circus. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A screwball comedy sends Leo, his older cousin, Abbey, his grandmother, and a golden retriever across the country in a 1973 Buick Electra. Read full book review >
A TASTE FOR MONSTERS by Matthew J. Kirby
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A lovely, suspenseful, lyrical, imperfect paranormal mystery. (Historical paranormal. 13-15)"
A down-on-her-luck white girl with facial scars seeks safety (both physical and metaphysical) in a story framed by two unrelated true events that occurred in 1888: the Jack the Ripper murders and the decline of Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man. Read full book review >
CHARMED, I'M SURE by Sarah Darer Littman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Inventive and, yes, charming. (Fantasy. 9-14)<"
Rosie White Charming is an ordinary eighth-grader in New York City—who happens to be the beloved daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White Charming. Read full book review >
ENTER A GLOSSY WEB by McKenna Ruebush
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This trilogy opener may not be consistently inventive, but there are enough peculiar, oddball moments to keep readers surprised from beginning to end. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
This debut fantasy tests the theory that a great opening and closing number will cause an audience to forgive almost anything. 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 >