THERE'S A BEAR ON MY CHAIR by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Silly, laugh-out-loud fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A bear has settled himself in a mouse's chair, and nothing will move him. Read full book review >
PIGSTICKS AND HAROLD AND THE PIRATE TREASURE by Alex Milway
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A silly gem of a chapter book. (Adventure. 7-10)"
Pig Pigsticks and hamster Harold return for a third installment of their odd-couple story for newly independent readers. Read full book review >

INSPECTOR FLYTRAP by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Three cases and lunch! What more could you need? Happily, Volume 2, The President's Mane Is Missing, publishes simultaneously. (Humor. 6-9)"
Inspector Flytrap is here to solve your "BIG DEAL" mysteries…foolishness in every case file guaranteed. Read full book review >
SLINGSHOT AND BURP by Richard Haynes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Active and entertaining, with a mid-20th-century feel. (Adventure. 6-9)"
Two rough and tough wannabe cowboys have some adventures while trying to avoid their sisters. Read full book review >
THE INFAMOUS RATSOS by Kara LaReau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A nicely inventive little morality 'tail' for newly independent readers. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Two little rats decide to show the world how tough they are, with unpredictable results. Read full book review >

WHERE ARE YOU GOING, BABY LINCOLN? by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A loving and sweet addition to the Deckawoo Drive series. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Baby Lincoln has always yielded to her older sister, Eugenia, but now it is time to take a stand. Read full book review >
LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Read solely as fiction, this is an auspiciously clever and engaging series opener. (Graphic historical fiction. 7-12)"
Two Neanderthal preteens weave a tale of everyday life to which even modern kids can relate. Read full book review >
PATRICK GRIFFIN'S LAST BREAKFAST ON EARTH by Ned Rust
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"The story could use less of the villain and more of the giant jackalope. But then, every book needs more jackalopes. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
For a story about parallel worlds, this book is hardly science fiction at all. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH BABIES by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"This charming second title in the Nora Notebooks series is a fine place for middle-grade readers to be introduced to Nora's engaging curiosity about the world. (Fiction. 7-10)"
With a new baby at home and an incompatible science-fair partner at school, fourth-grader Nora Alpers has trouble everywhere. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Joan Trumpauer Mulholland's is not a name that is familiar in children's books; this is an excellent opportunity to correct an oversight. (timeline) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
A young white Southern woman becomes an active participant in the civil rights struggle. Read full book review >
RETURN by Aaron Becker
Kirkus Star
by Aaron Becker, illustrated by Aaron Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A fantastic final leg to a reading journey that altered, expanded, and enriched the landscape of children's literature—and surely many young people's lives. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This breathless finale to Becker's Journey trilogy (Journey, 2013; Quest, 2014) takes readers back to the intricate interior of an alternate world where crayons wield power. Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF SILENCE by Katrina Goldsaito
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An inviting tale that will stretch inquisitive and observant young minds—and may even lead children to a greater appreciation of that golden commodity, silence. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Like a Zen koan, this story draws readers' attention to silence, that vanishingly rare attribute of modern family life. 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 >