FUZZY by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Provocative issues that never overwhelm storytelling make this a winner. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Vanguard Middle School's no place for breaking rules; computerized Vice Principal Barbara sees to that. 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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
GOODBYE SUMMER, HELLO AUTUMN by Kenard Pak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A visual success conjuring up the best about the seasons' changes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As a child walks through woods and town, summer turns to fall, and the natural world is met with a friendly hello. 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 >
ONE NORTH STAR by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"A bright, populous countdown for nature lovers, Midwestern or otherwise. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A cumulative tally of flora and fauna in Minnesota—the North Star State. Read full book review >
THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN OF BOOKS IN THE WORLD by Rocio Bonilla
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Kids will appreciate Lucas' need to read and imagine and also understand the message that there is more than one way to fly. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture-book homage to reading. Read full book review >
MAXWELL THE MONKEY BARBER by Cale Atkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Atkinson's jungle denizens will easily charm one and all. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"Come to Maxwell's Barbershop! / For a trim or for a chop!" Read full book review >
DOJO SURPRISE by Chris Tougas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Look elsewhere for ninja fun—perhaps to Arree Chung's Ninja and its sequel, Ninja! Attack of the Clan (2014, 2016). (Picture book. 3-6)"
The Master and the students from Dojo Daycare (2014) and Dojo Daytrip (2015) return for their third adventure. 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 >