A PROPERLY UNHAUNTED PLACE by William Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A fun and fast-paced supernatural mystery with secret depths for those who dare explore them. (Paranormal adventure. 8-12)"
In a world where hauntings are endemic, Rosa Díaz finds herself in a town suspiciously devoid of ghostly activity in Alexander's (Nomad, 2016, etc.) latest. Read full book review >
OUT OF WONDER by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A magnificent exploration of the poetic imagination. (Picture book/poetry. 8-14)"
Powerhouse poet Alexander, along with friends Colderley and Wentworth, offers a culturally rich collection of poetic tributes that extends the legacies of poets from around the globe. Read full book review >

CASTLE IN THE STARS by Alex Alice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Like the best steampunk, this story is one excellent distraction after another, with enough blueprints to hold people's attention while they're waiting for Book 2. (Graphic steampunk. 10-16)"
Some people will love this fanciful tale of a 19th-century space race so much they never finish it. Read full book review >
HARRY MILLER'S RUN by David Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A rich and resonant short story. (Illustrated fiction. 10 & up)"
Nearing the end of his life, a beloved old runner passes the torch to an eager young one. Read full book review >
NIGHTLIGHTS by Lorena Alvarez
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A winner. (Graphic fantasy. 8-10)"
When a young girl's imagination and creativity are co-opted by a mysterious new friend, she must find a way to regain what is rightfully hers. Read full book review >

YOU'RE AMAZING, ANNA HIBISCUS by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Be prepared. Readers say farewell to Anna Hibiscus as tears 'drop off the corners of her smile.' (Fiction. 5-9)"
The importance of family during difficult times permeates the final book in the Anna Hibiscus series. Read full book review >
FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP by Laura Atkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"This first book in the Fighting for Justice series is a must-read for all civics classrooms. (resources for activism, note from Karen Korematsu, bibliography) (Blended nonfiction/historical fiction. 8-14)"
When Fred Korematsu, a young Japanese-American man, defied U.S. governmental orders by refusing to report to prison camps during World War II, he and his allies set in motion a landmark civil liberties case. Read full book review >
THE UNEXPECTED LIFE OF OLIVER CROMWELL PITTS by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Impossible to put down. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old boy is left to fend for himself in 18th-century England following a terrible storm and the disappearance of his father. Read full book review >