THE THREE LUCYS by Hayan Charara
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Sadness is turned to hope and tragedy is turned to strength in this sensitive treatment. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A young Lebanese boy experiences loss after a war in a story based on the 2006 Hezbollah-Israeli conflict. Read full book review >
LIKE A BIRD by Cynthia Grady
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An important work that gives new life to old and important songs. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
When children see Harriet Tubman on the new U.S. postage stamp, they can learn of her legacy from this literary homage to "the Moses of her people." Read full book review >

THE ALLIGATOR'S SMILE by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A splendid addition to the creators' explorations of the natural world. (Picture book/poetry. 7-11)"
Fascinating facts and playful poems about the dinosaur's smiling cousin. Read full book review >
HIS ROYAL MAJESTY OF THE MUSHROOMS by Katherine Ferrier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A recipe for hazelnut fondant (1 cup hazelnut flour, 5 eggs!) caps this latest outing to the bustling hotel in an appropriately delectable way. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
Being monarch of the mushroom people turns out to require more than just giving orders and chowing down on sweets. Read full book review >
TRUTH IN SIGHT by Cori Doerrfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A likable protagonist and fantasy elements make this well-trod ground feel fairly fresh. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
A fledgling Latina fairy learns she must use her magic responsibly. Read full book review >

ROCK 'N' ROLL REBEL by Ginger Rue
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An unsuccessful attempt to inspire girls to rebel against conformity. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Determined to prove that girls can play the drums, Tig forms an all-girl rock band. Read full book review >
BLAST FROM THE NORTH by David Zeltser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Stone-cold predictable but with enough silliness to keep sliding along. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Art-loving cave lad Lug again saves his clan (and several others too) from the twin menaces of climate change and bad guys. Read full book review >
BE LIGHT LIKE A BIRD by Monika Schröder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Skillful characterization carries this quiet novel along. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A young girl's first-person narrative of her journey through grief to acceptance. Read full book review >
PETIT JEAN by William B. Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The intense regional focus means the book will appeal mainly to visitors to the area and teachers of Arkansas history. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 7-11)"
A young Frenchwoman masquerades as a boy in order to accompany her fiance to the New World in 1732. Read full book review >
THE MISSING GRIZZLY CUBS by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An average mystery with the added spice of danger and an engaging depiction of a distinctive and wondrous place. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Buck Bray is about to become the star of his own new nature series, with the first episode set in Denali National Park in Alaska. Read full book review >
SERPENTS AND WEREWOLVES by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Engaging stories that will hook kids, send them looking for traditional stories, and perhaps encourage some to take up the art of oral (and written) storytelling. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A storyteller puts her own stamp on 15 traditional tales from four different continents about shape-shifters, those people who turn into animals and back again. Read full book review >
HOW TO LIVE LIKE AN AZTEC PRIEST by John Farndon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A bland alternative to You Wouldn't Want to Be an Aztec Sacrifice (2013) and other entries in that rousing series. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
In a tongue-limbering recitation, Tlenamacac (fire priest) Ten Vulture describes his city, his gods, and his training. 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 >