THE UNCORKER OF OCEAN BOTTLES by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Readers will find both consolation and encouragement on every visit to this emotionally resonant, evocative story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A man who delivers messages sent via ocean bottle longs for a message of his own. Read full book review >
DRAGON WAS TERRIBLE by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"This is one terribly good dragon tale that will leave readers laughing and with an appreciation for the healing power of a good book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In this comical tale, one kingdom is fed up with its disobedient dragon. 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 >
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 >
EVERYONE IS YAWNING by Anita Bijsterbosch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Irresistibly somniferous. (Pop-up picture book. 2-8)"
One animal after another yawns with the lift of a flap…even the small child at the end. Read full book review >

APPLESAUCE WEATHER by Helen Frost
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Light yet poignant, this multigenerational family tale shows age proves no barrier when it comes to offering solace. (Verse/fiction. 8-12)"
Young and old bridge the generational gap to find comfort amid loss. Read full book review >
BUDDY AND EARL AND THE GREAT BIG BABY by Maureen Fergus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Earl concludes that babies and dogs have something in common...they both make the world a happier place. Of course. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Buddy and Earl—dog and hedgehog, respectively—experience life's most peculiar phenomenon: a baby. Read full book review >
TITO THE MAGICIAN by Guido van Genechten
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Genuine self-confidence, humility, and a sense of wonder: bravo, Tito. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Being a magician is no easy trick. It hinges on one of the human qualities that's most difficult to achieve. Read full book review >
MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Welcome, Mary! We hope to see you again. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Pinkalicious + Fancy Nancy + Eloise = Mary, the diminutive, precocious, brown-skinned queen of glam. 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 >
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 BLOOD-BOUND OATH by Alexis E. Fajardo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"What Rick Riordan did for the Greek gods, Fajardo has done for 'Beowulf': magnificent. (character list) (Graphic fantasy. 7-13)"
"Beowulf" reimagined. 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 >