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 >
POLARIS by Beth Bowland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"With more revision, this book could have been the start of a Jumanji-like adventure series for preteen space lovers. Alas, it falls short of its potential. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
Aaron, a white boy in Bixie, Montana, must save his mom and friend from "nothingness" by defeating an alien in an interdimensional game. Read full book review >

THORNGHOST by Tone Almhjell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"This companion is intriguingly and skillfully told, helping to mitigate the less-than-stellar character development. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An upper-middle-grade story that builds on (but is not a sequel to) the premise of The Twistrose Key (2013). Read full book review >
THE SEA PONY by Ellen Potter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Completely satisfying. We wish for more. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Lucky Piper Green has a Fairy Tree in her front yard that sometimes yields up treasures—not always what she wants, but what she needs. Read full book review >
KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK by David Rudden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"The intriguing premise is undercut by hasty worldbuilding but shows promise nonetheless; perhaps the kinks will be worked out in Volume 2. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
A teenage orphan living in misery suddenly discovers his magical gifts while being thrust into an epic battle between good and evil…sound familiar? Read full book review >

GIRAFFES RUIN EVERYTHING by Heidi Schulz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A young child learns to navigate the nuances of social relationships, with help from a spotted, lanky friend. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Towering legs and long necks can get in the way of a friendship. Read full book review >
THE ALMOST KING by Lucy Saxon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Lacking in all but length, this adventure never makes it off the ground. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Seventeen-year-old Aleks leaves home to join the Siberene military in hopes of finding adventure but instead finds abuse, corruption, and despair. Read full book review >
ZOE IN WONDERLAND by Brenda Woods
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"This touching tale about finding strength in uniqueness is a well-crafted read from start to finish. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Zoe G. Reindeer hates her last name and her big feet and anything else that makes her "just Zoe." Read full book review >
MONSTERS GO NIGHT-NIGHT by Aaron Zenz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Combine monsters, ridiculousness, and audience participation for a delightfully raucous result. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Though this book is all about monsters' bedtime routines, don't be fooled—this will induce not sleep but its opposite. Read full book review >
THE LOST EXPEDITION by Mitch Krpata
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Die-hard fans of the game may stick out adventuring with the recognizable, wide-eyed gang, but with an unfocused plot and confusing twists, this just feels like a money grab. (Graphic adventure/fantasy. 8-12)"
Still marooned on a strange island, three friends fight to protect a magical map. Read full book review >
EMERSON BARKS by Liza Woodruff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"While Emerson is an appealing character, Jules Feiffer's Bark, George (1999) remains the clear choice in accounts of caterwauling canines. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tiny, gray dog with a loud, annoying bark tries to stop bothering his neighbors. Read full book review >
WALTER'S WONDERFUL WEB by Tim Hopgood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Not the strongest choice in terms of either shape learning or reflecting nature; still, this may get readers outside in search of webs. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A spider with no talent for making traditional spider webs teaches young children about shapes as well as perseverance. 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 >