THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An unflinching look at rape culture and its repercussions. (Thriller. 15-18)"
Three teens in small-town Ohio struggle with sexual violence, together and individually, in a tragic thriller. Read full book review >
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Perhaps a more genuinely enlightened protagonist would have made this debut more engaging. (Historical thriller. 15-18)"
Audrey Rose Wadsworth, 17, would rather perform autopsies in her uncle's dark laboratory than find a suitable husband, as is the socially acceptable rite of passage for a young, white British lady in the late 1800s. Read full book review >

OXBLOOD by Annalisa Grant
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"This fast-paced spy novel has just the right amount of international intrigue and danger; a touch of romance is a sweet bonus. (Thriller. 16 & up)"
Victoria Asher, 20, leads an uneventful life in Miami, working at a diner and celebrating her birthday eating pie and ice cream with her best friend—but when she receives an ominous package from her brother, Gil, her entire world shifts. Read full book review >
AFTERWARD by Jennifer Mathieu
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Compelling. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Two teens drawn together by tragedy navigate an unusual friendship. 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 >

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 DARK ARMY by Joseph Delaney
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Skippable for newbies, but fans will salvage enough to make it worthwhile even as they hope for payoff next time. (Grimalkin's notes, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Tom Ward, the Chipenden Spook, is back from the dead and ready to fight against the monstrous wolflike Kobalos horde, with his apprentice, Jenny Calder, and the witch assassin Grimalkin by his side. Read full book review >
VASSA IN THE NIGHT by Sarah Porter
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An enthralling, magic-tinged read about home, family, love, and belonging. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
Brooklyn is an enchanted kingdom where most aspire to arrive—most of it, that is, the exception being Vassa's working-class neighborhood, where the white teen lives with her stepmother and stepsisters, struggling with the feeling that she does not belong. Read full book review >
FROST LIKE NIGHT by Sara Raasch
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"The dangers are real and many die—which is why the twist ending works: happiness is sobered by sacrifice in a fulfilling conclusion. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Meira returns in this final installment in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. Read full book review >
KIDS OF APPETITE by David Arnold
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Sophisticated teen readers will love this. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In Hackensack, New Jersey, a teen grieving the death of his father flees home, urn containing his dad's ashes in hand, and stumbles upon the best friends of his life. Read full book review >
THE ODDS OF LIGHTNING by Jocelyn Davies
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Both 'then' and 'now' plots combine to make an engaging work. (Friendship fiction. 14-18)"
Putting a scientific cast on magical realism, the lives of four teens are changed by a bolt of lightning. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Stéphane Melchior-Durand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An engaging adaptation, but some may wish to wait until all three volumes are available. (Graphic fantasy. 11 & up)"
The second volume of the graphic adaptation of Pullman's modern classic follows Lyra's adventures into frozen lands. 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 >