FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE BRAINTURBO by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Halfway through the series, the science and the sly (and slapstick) laughs are still going strong. (Science fiction/humor. 6-10)"
Can kid genius Frank Einstein improve on the human body? Read full book review >
SPARKLING JEWEL by D.L.  Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Certain children will read anything about horses; this book relies too heavily on that fact. (Fiction. 6-8)"
When 9-year-old Tori and her 8-year-old sister, Miranda, arrive at their grandmother's Silver Pony Ranch to spend the summer, Tori is immediately smitten with Gran's new pony, Jewel. Read full book review >

FUNNY BONES by Duncan Tonatiuh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Following on his Sibert Honor-winning Separate Is Never Equal (2014), Tonatiuh further marks himself as a major nonfiction talent with this artistically beautiful and factually accessible offering that effectively blends artistic and political content for young readers. (Picture book/biography. 7-13)"
Tonatiuh's Mixtec-influenced illustrations make an apt complement to this picture-book biography of one of Mexico's most beloved artists, José Guadalupe Posada. Read full book review >
DUDDLE PUCK by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Encouragement for all who waddle to the beat of a different drummer. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A newly arrived duck who would rather oink, neigh, and even belt out "HIP-HIP HOORAY!" than quack has all the farmyard's residents aflutter. Read full book review >
THE ULTIMATE PIRATE HANDBOOK by Libby Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Too bland and thin in both content and special effects to be particularly seaworthy. (Informational pop-up book. 7-10)"
Basic instructions for young landlubbers with a yen to go buccaneering. Read full book review >

TUCKY JO AND LITTLE HEART by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Once again, this talented author/illustrator brings the past to life for young listeners and introduces them to unforgettable, admirable characters in the process. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Polacco shares the story of a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific as a very young man. Read full book review >
LADYBUG GIRL AND THE BEST EVER PLAYDATE by Jacky Davis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Ladybug Girl fans will find this offering satisfying, and its gentle didacticism goes down easy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ladybug Girl—aka Lulu—is so excited about her best friend's new toy that she temporarily forgets the joys of friendship. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SHOP OF MONSTERS by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Readers are sure to visit this shop again and again for its fantastical creatures and its slightly sinister tone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two proven masters combine talents to produce a deliciously creepy mock-horror picture book. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE SENSATIONAL SAGA OF SIR STINKS-A-LOT by Dav Pilkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Another epic outing in a graphic hybrid series that continues not just to push the envelope, but tear it to shreds. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-10)"
Pranksters George and Harold face the deadliest challenge of their checkered careers: a supersmart, superstrong gym teacher. Read full book review >
ELEPHANT IN THE DARK by Mina Javaherbin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Less stylish than Ed Young's classic Seven Blind Mice but a serviceable rendition nonetheless. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
An Iranian-American author recasts an anecdote from the Persian poet Rumi, itself based on a far older tale about perceiving parts of a truth rather than its whole. Read full book review >
WE FORGOT BROCK! by Carter Goodrich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Forget Brock. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Phillip and Brock are best friends. They spend all their time goofing around together. The only problem is his parents can see Phillip but not Brock. Read full book review >
DIGBY O'DAY AND THE GREAT DIAMOND ROBBERY by Shirley  Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Smooth writing, appealing pictures, and (mostly) mild action create a pleasant enough package, but it's still likely to be a bit twee for some readers. (map, authors' note, quiz, first chapter of Digby O'Day Up, Up, and Away) (Fiction. 6-8)"
Following series opener Digby O'Day in the Fast Lane (2014), Hughes and Vulliamy's canine duo are off on another adventure, this time featuring a classy seaside hotel, a secret passage, a singing starlet with a taste for shiny jewels, and a pair of (feline) cat burglars. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >