THE DEADLIEST CREATURE IN THE WORLD by Brenda Z. Guiberson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"With well-chosen, clearly conveyed facts and handsome compositions that invite study, this team delivers another fine effort, equally well-suited to family browsing and classroom use. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Fourteen creatures lay claim to the title posed in Guiberson's central question: "Who is the deadliest creature in the world?" Read full book review >
THE <i>LEFT-HANDED FATE</i> by Kate Milford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rich and strange of place and premise; suspenseful and thought-provoking. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
An ancient inscription and a handful of inscrutable artifacts plunge three young people into both the War of 1812 and a much larger, older conflict. Read full book review >

THE RAT PRINCE by Bridget Hodder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Though Philip Pullman did it earlier and funnier with I Was a Rat! (2000), this take still feels fresh enough, despite misgivings. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A new "Cinderella" retelling includes the perspective of a rat living in her home. Read full book review >
DRAGON WAS TERRIBLE by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"This is one terribly good dragon tale that will leave readers laughing and with an appreciation for the healing power of a good book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In this comical tale, one kingdom is fed up with its disobedient dragon. Read full book review >
THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE AT THE ZOO by Laura Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A delicious outing for one and all. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Back for a fourth adventure, this smart cookie cavorts across the zoo, where many animals are ready for a nibble. Read full book review >

UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD by Lygia Day Peñaflor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Engaging behind-the-scenes look at a lonely young Hollywood star's tragedies and triumphs. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A critically acclaimed child actor struggles with her insecurities, a fame-hungry momager, and a demanding director. Read full book review >
ALL MY TREASURES by Jo Witek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A quietly joyful invitation to audiences of any age to stop taking the wonders and pleasures around them for granted. (Picture book. 5-9)"
What will a child put in her fine, new, porcelain box? "Things that are beautiful and colorful and bright." Read full book review >
THE SUPER-SPOOKY FRIGHT NIGHT! by Tracey Corderoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Italics and exclamation points may be overused, but this new humorous series is full of gently amusing magical surprises. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Shades of Bewitched, the old TV show featuring a witch married to a regular guy. Read full book review >
QUIT CALLING ME A MONSTER! by Jory John
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Fiendish monsters—and everyone else—rejoice! (Picture book. 3-7)"
A grand return to a world of endearing monsters from the duo behind I Will Chomp You! (2015). Read full book review >
SOLDIER SISTER, FLY HOME by Nancy Bo Flood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Heartfelt and poignant, the tale nevertheless feels a little out of touch. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The daughter of a Navajo woman and a white man struggles with her older sister's deployment to Iraq and her own sense of self. Read full book review >
BOX by Min Flyte
by Min Flyte, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A bright and cozy excursion down a well-toddled path. (Novelty picture book. 3-6)"
Further evidence that, for young children at least, boxes are gifts that keep on giving. Read full book review >
88 INSTRUMENTS by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"This celebration of a child's agency in choosing a means of artistic expression strikes just the right note. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Finding just the right instrument to play means a lively trip to the music store to try them all out. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >