FIVE CHILDREN ON THE WESTERN FRONT by Kate Saunders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Readers familiar with the classic will probably be dissatisfied with this vision of it; readers unfamiliar with it will be mystified. (Historical fantasy. 8-12)"
Six characters from a classic work of light British fantasy are resurrected, then two of them are sent to the trenches of World War I. Read full book review >
A BOY NAMED QUEEN by Sara Cassidy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A small, eloquent book with a powerful message. (Fiction. 8-11)"
What happens when a girl who is expected to live by the rules meets a boy who makes his own rules? Read full book review >

ME FIRST! by Robin Pulver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Not as strong as either Pulver and Reed's others or Brian P. Cleary and Martin Goneau's Pre- and Re-, Mis- and Dis- (2013). (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Once again looking in on the doings in Mr. Wright's classroom, Pulver and Reed continue their language arts series with a look at prefixes. Read full book review >
50 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR by Chris McNab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An excellent starting point for understanding the Vietnam War, presented as a conflict that commenced with French colonial occupation and continues even today. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A balance of narrative and pictures paints the broad strokes of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
CROSSING THE GOTTHARD by Yvonne Rogenmoser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Compact in length but broad of scope, an eye-opening gander at a brand-new wonder of the world. (maps, timeline) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
With help from, appropriately, a mountain goat, Rogenmoser chronicles the succession of engineering feats that have made possible travel and trade over a rugged Alpine pass through the centuries. Read full book review >

THE RIDDLEMASTER by Kevin Crossley-Holland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A jewel box for lovers of stories, filled with riddles and allusions that will test, but not daunt, even younger readers. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Three children board a ferry to a nearby island—but to pay the fare must answer seven riddles posed by a boatload of strangely familiar creatures. Read full book review >
SEVEN AND A HALF TONS OF STEEL by Janet Nolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A deeply felt but not overwrought telling of a story that will be new to most young readers. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A reverent account of the creation of a seagoing 9/11 memorial fashioned by incorporating part of one of the fallen towers into the hull of a Navy ship. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A grab bag for sure, but readers may find themselves angling to be in Budapest in April for its annual pillow fight. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Attractions—and repulsions—to stifle the next "Are we there yet?" whine from the back seat. Read full book review >
THE MOON CHILD by Cate Cain
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Entertaining if rife with stereotype; Joseph Bruchac's Wolf Mark (2011) is both comparable and better. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A spooky series second-parter takes a 17th-century 13-year-old English boy and his friends across the Atlantic to the magical New World. Read full book review >
REAL OR FAKE? by Emily Krieger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Open anywhere and be prepared to be amazed, amused, and, occasionally, revolted. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
A compendium of hoaxes, urban myths, true/false posers, unlikely exploits, strange pictures, and wacky inventions designed to give readers' "Baloney!" buzzers a real workout. Read full book review >
COURAGEOUS WOMEN OF THE CIVIL WAR by M.R. Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A solid resource. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Although most people associate the Civil War with its innumerable male participants, many brave women also found ways to serve. Read full book review >
SAVED BY THE BOATS by Julie Gassman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This accessible, fact-based account of the boat evacuations that took place on 9/11 puts faces on some of the many heroes who stepped forward to help in a time of crisis. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Meet some unsung heroes of the sea. 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 >