SUPERSTAR by Mandy Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"An intelligent and gently humorous story about an underdog who explores his place in a world that doesn't readily accommodate kids who possess different ways of being or thinking. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Autism gets the unsentimentally sensitive treatment it deserves in Davis' debut. Read full book review >
US, IN PROGRESS by Lulu Delacre
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Pura Belpré honoree Delacre's chronicles—each different from the next—offer moving snapshots of family heartbreak, disadvantage, dysfunctionality, heartbreak, privilege, and joy. (glossary, translations, notes) (Short stories. 8-12)"
Based on actual accounts, this dynamic short story collection focuses on and delves into the nuances of the lives of young Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Read full book review >

THE LOTTERYS PLUS ONE by Emma Donoghue
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"For all the Lotterys' apparent eccentricity, the novel delves into universal themes of family relationships that will resonate with readers from all backgrounds. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Lotterys, a family very much of our century, star in this story about the true meaning of acceptance and belonging. Read full book review >
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A slice of African-American life seldom explored in stories for young people and a must for readers of middle-grade fiction. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Twelve-year-old Sophie is the younger of two sisters in an upper-middle-class African-American family in 1965 Los Angeles. Read full book review >
ARMSTRONG & CHARLIE by Steven B. Frank
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Unforgettable, well-drawn titular characters are the heart of this deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny story about family, friendship, integrity, and navigating differences. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Two sixth-grade boys from different worlds are brought together by school desegregation in 1970s Los Angeles. Read full book review >

HIGHER, STEEPER, FASTER by Lawrence Goldstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"For those who love history, aviation, or stories of great daring, this is pure pleasure. (timeline, glossary, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
The author's passion for his subject infuses this richly detailed history of the daredevil years in flying. Read full book review >
REFUGEE by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure, and suspense. (maps, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the midst of political turmoil, how do you escape the only country that you've ever known and navigate a new life? Parallel stories of three different middle school-aged refugees—Josef from Nazi Germany in 1938, Isabel from 1994 Cuba, and Mahmoud from 2015 Aleppo—eventually intertwine for maximum impact. Read full book review >
MEET CINDY SHERMAN by Jan Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An excellent, eye-opening exploration perfectly pitched to its audience. (bibliography, notes, list of artworks) (Biography. 10-14)"
An introduction to the work of artist Cindy Sherman, illustrated with dozens of her photographs. Read full book review >