FAIRY TALE FRANKIE AND THE TRICKY WITCH by Greg Gormley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Whether on the fairy-tale shelf or the Halloween one, this notably nondiverse book may tickle readers with similar interests, though perhaps only once. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A white girl who really loves fairy tales is surprised one day when a bunch of fairy-tale characters visit her home and ask Frankie to hide them from the witch. Read full book review >
MISSION TO MOON FARM by K.E. Rocha
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"While more stuffed bear than gruff bear, a fast adventure story. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Waiting for his parents after Secrets of Bearhaven (2016), Spencer deals with an imperiled member of his bear family. Read full book review >

THEY ALL SAW A CAT by Brendan Wenzel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A solo debut for Wenzel showcasing both technical chops and a philosophical bent. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Wouldn't the same housecat look very different to a dog and a mouse, a bee and a flea, a fox, a goldfish, or a skunk? Read full book review >
DOG MAN by Dav Pilkey
by Dav Pilkey, illustrated by Dav Pilkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"What a wag. (Graphic fantasy. 7-9)"
What do you get from sewing the head of a smart dog onto the body of a tough police officer? A new superhero from the incorrigible creator of Captain Underpants. Read full book review >
LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Gorgeous illustrations and an evocative time period support a somewhat staid story. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The third book featuring Little Elliot, a polka-dot elephant, and Mouse brings them to Coney Island. 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 >
MAKING FRIENDS WITH BILLY WONG by Augusta Scattergood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Even though this is mostly Azalea's tale, it's a refreshing novel inspired by real-life Chinese-American communities not often seen in stories. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's 1952, and Azalea Ann Morgan, an 11-year-old white girl, doesn't want to leave Texas and help Grandma Clark, who hurt her foot and lives in Paris Junction, Arkansas. Read full book review >
SAM THE MAN & THE CHICKEN PLAN by Frances O’Roark Dowell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A sweet slice of neighborhood life; here's hoping for more of Sam the Man. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Seven-year-old Sam's search for a job leads him to chickens and an unexpected friendship. Read full book review >
PATHS & PORTALS by Gene Luen Yang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Between the creativity-encouraging coding lessons and the character-driven plotlines, this sequel charms from PenDown to PenUp. (Graphic fiction. 8-14)"
Following Secret Coders (2015), Hopper, Josh, and Eni unlock more of Stately Academy's secrets—but they learn they aren't the only ones doing so. Read full book review >
VAULT OF SHADOWS by Jonathan Maberry
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Magic, aliens, and now…zombies—a can't-miss combination. (Fantasy/science fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old white Milo Silk continues to lead the Orphan Army against the evil extraterrestrial Swarm in this follow-up to The Orphan Army (2015). Read full book review >
THE MARVELOUS MAGIC OF MISS MABEL by Natasha Lowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Wild fantasy, sly satire, and sharply observed family dynamics are the hallmarks of this tasty, effervescent series (along with mouthwatering recipes); this volume's the most delectable yet. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Nora was thrilled to find Mabel in a flowerpot on her doorstep, even if the baby's unconventional arrival displeased their neighbors in 1881 Yorkshire. Read full book review >
BE THE CHANGE by Arun Gandhi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Decidedly and deliberately didactic, the book aims to spark action on the part of listeners, making it a title best shared by adults who are interested in the topic and motivated to continue the conversation. (authors' note) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
The creators of Grandfather Gandhi (2014) return with a lesson about the complex foundations of violence in our world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >