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 >
ALL MY TREASURES by Jo Witek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A quietly joyful invitation to audiences of any age to stop taking the wonders and pleasures around them for granted. (Picture book. 5-9)"
What will a child put in her fine, new, porcelain box? "Things that are beautiful and colorful and bright." Read full book review >

THE <i>LEFT-HANDED FATE</i> by Kate Milford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rich and strange of place and premise; suspenseful and thought-provoking. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
An ancient inscription and a handful of inscrutable artifacts plunge three young people into both the War of 1812 and a much larger, older conflict. Read full book review >
THE SUPER-SPOOKY FRIGHT NIGHT! by Tracey Corderoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Italics and exclamation points may be overused, but this new humorous series is full of gently amusing magical surprises. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Shades of Bewitched, the old TV show featuring a witch married to a regular guy. Read full book review >
ANIMALS THAT MAKE ME SAY LOOK OUT! by Dawn Cusick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Average visuals compared to other entries in the series and a formula that is plainly wearing thin. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
The author of Animals That Make Me Say Ouch! (2014), …Wow! (2014), and …Ewww! (2016) offers a fresh set of stock nature photographs on the general theme of animal defensive behaviors and features. Read full book review >

THE RAT PRINCE by Bridget Hodder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Though Philip Pullman did it earlier and funnier with I Was a Rat! (2000), this take still feels fresh enough, despite misgivings. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A new "Cinderella" retelling includes the perspective of a rat living in her home. Read full book review >
TALKING LEAVES by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A vivid retelling of a pivotal time for the Cherokee nation. (cast of characters, afterword, printed syllabary, glossary, further reading) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A boy grapples with the return of his father, Sequoyah, and the creation of a Cherokee syllabary. Read full book review >
MAXI'S SECRETS by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Though purposive, this earnest boy-and-his-dog tale makes a strong case for Secret No. 11: 'There's nothing so bad in the world that dog kisses won't make it better.' (Fiction. 9-12)"
"My dog, Maxi, dies," warns Timminy at the start of this friendship tale set in small-town Maine. Read full book review >
NOT AS WE KNOW IT by Tom Avery
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Engagingly, this short, fine effort set in the early 1980s compassionately whispers a message of hope. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Twins Jamie and Ned have always explored their seaside world together, but now Ned is dying of cystic fibrosis, and Jamie has to learn how to forge ahead without him. Read full book review >
SOLDIER SISTER, FLY HOME by Nancy Bo Flood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Heartfelt and poignant, the tale nevertheless feels a little out of touch. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The daughter of a Navajo woman and a white man struggles with her older sister's deployment to Iraq and her own sense of self. Read full book review >
FRAMED! by James Ponti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"More escapades are promised in this improbable but satisfying series starter. (Mystery. 9-12)"
A smart kid foils big-time thieves in the nation's capital—and joins the FBI. Read full book review >
THEY CHANGED THE WORLD by Lewis Helfand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Give this a pass: much clearer pictures of what DNA does and the strong personalities who were involved in winkling out its secrets are available. (Graphic nonfiction. 11-13)"
The story of the discovery of the structure of DNA, in graphic format. 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 >