AT NIGHT by Helga Bansch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"With the feel of a fine and handsome tintype, this Austrian import makes night newly beguiling. (Picture book. 2-6)"
For all but a few, the night is a foreign country. Read full book review >
THE SNURTCH by Sean Ferrell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Original in its visual and linguistic presentation of behavioral problems, this important call for understanding should sit on library, classroom, and bedrooms shelves—the high ones, just above a Snurtch's reach. (Picture book. 2-8)"
The Snurtch sits in Ruthie's seat at school, all furry, spiky, goofy, and googly-eyed, waiting—just as she expected. Read full book review >

THE PROS & CONS OF BEING A FROG by Sue deGennaro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This celebration of differences displays great respect for readers' intelligence and yields more with each reading. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The amphibian in this Australian import is actually a child who likes to dress as something else because it "makes me feel brave." Read full book review >
FULL OF BEANS by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Filled with humor, heart, and warmth; readers can only hope to hear more about the Curry clan. (author's note with photographs, list of 1930s child actors, popular sayings, gang rules, and websites) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A prequel to a beloved novel reveals more about a boy who's full of mischief, heart, and conscience. Read full book review >
FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An original new Alice confronts her own wonderland in this smashing fantasy. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old girl who doesn't fit into her own world embarks on a harrowing quest with a boy she doesn't trust to find her missing father. Read full book review >

MOO by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Fans of Love That Dog (2001) and Hate That Cat (2010) will find much to love in this story of a girl, a cow, and so much more. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Newbery Medalist Creech touches on themes of loss, friendship, and belonging in this appealing tale of a young girl's unlikely relationship with Zora, an enormous belted Galloway. Read full book review >
GHOST by Jason Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An endearing protagonist runs the first, fast leg of Reynolds' promising relay. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Castle "Ghost" Cranshaw feels like he's been running ever since his dad pulled that gun on him and his mom—and used it. Read full book review >
27 MAGIC WORDS by Sharelle Byars Moranville
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Both tragic and uplifting, this winsome tale perfectly depicts some of the many aspects of magic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kobi's world is vividly portrayed, shimmering with just a soupçon of subtle magic from the opening pages. Read full book review >
LIFE ACCORDING TO DANI by Rose Lagercrantz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Another sterling early chapter book by this duo. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Dani, spending the summer with her best friend, Ella, while her father recuperates from an accident, is dismayed to discover that he has a girlfriend. Read full book review >
GO SOUTH TO FREEDOM by Frye Gaillard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An informative and well-told story about a little-known aspect of American slavery that needs to be remembered and retold. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Alligator-filled swamps, a drowning, beatings, and terror…a realistic picture of what runaway American slaves faced. Read full book review >
OXFORD ROALD DAHL DICTIONARY by Roald Dahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Snapperwhippers aren't the only readers who will find this equally delumptious as a dictionary, a source of inspiration, and a way of revisiting a shelf of phizz-whizzing classics. (Reference. 9-13)"
Wordplay has its day in this extra-usual compilation of lexicographical delights drawn from Dahl's works. Read full book review >
PRESENTS THROUGH THE WINDOW by Taro Gomi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"There's a subtle lesson here to slow down and evaluate before making a decision. But with this book, a snap judgement holds up—it's a winner. (Picture book. 2-7)"
This year Santa is in a big hurry with his Christmas Eve deliveries. In fact, he's so rushed that he is delivering packages by helicopter. 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 >