THE LOST EXPEDITION by Mitch Krpata
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Die-hard fans of the game may stick out adventuring with the recognizable, wide-eyed gang, but with an unfocused plot and confusing twists, this just feels like a money grab. (Graphic adventure/fantasy. 8-12)"
Still marooned on a strange island, three friends fight to protect a magical map. Read full book review >
POLARIS by Beth Bowland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"With more revision, this book could have been the start of a Jumanji-like adventure series for preteen space lovers. Alas, it falls short of its potential. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
Aaron, a white boy in Bixie, Montana, must save his mom and friend from "nothingness" by defeating an alien in an interdimensional game. Read full book review >

THE ALMOST KING by Lucy Saxon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Lacking in all but length, this adventure never makes it off the ground. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Seventeen-year-old Aleks leaves home to join the Siberene military in hopes of finding adventure but instead finds abuse, corruption, and despair. 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 >
THORNGHOST by Tone Almhjell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"This companion is intriguingly and skillfully told, helping to mitigate the less-than-stellar character development. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An upper-middle-grade story that builds on (but is not a sequel to) the premise of The Twistrose Key (2013). Read full book review >

ZOE IN WONDERLAND by Brenda Woods
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"This touching tale about finding strength in uniqueness is a well-crafted read from start to finish. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Zoe G. Reindeer hates her last name and her big feet and anything else that makes her "just Zoe." Read full book review >
KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK by David Rudden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"The intriguing premise is undercut by hasty worldbuilding but shows promise nonetheless; perhaps the kinks will be worked out in Volume 2. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
A teenage orphan living in misery suddenly discovers his magical gifts while being thrust into an epic battle between good and evil…sound familiar? Read full book review >
LITTLE WHALE by Roy A. Peratrovich Jr.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Stronger at conveying a sense of Tlingit life than at spinning a tale that will appeal to general audiences. (map) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
Eager to prove himself, an Alaska Native child helps his father free a baby whale from a net, then stows away to join an expedition to a distant village. Read full book review >
THE HILL by Karen Bass
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Suspenseful, fast-paced, and hard to put down. (Adventure. 11-18)"
The crash landing of his father's private jet in the Canadian wilderness leaves rich white kid Jared stunned and the pilot badly injured, but it soon becomes clear that those are the very least of the 15-year-old's problems. Read full book review >
JULIUS & THE SOULCATCHER by Tim Hehir
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The book closes with drama enough for a sequel; action-happy readers will be hoping for it. (Steampunk. 11-13)"
A steampunk thriller uses Victorian science as a framework for cinematic monster goofiness in 1838 London. Read full book review >
DEX by Sheri Lynn Fishbach
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A bit underdone in spots but a mostly delectable debut. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A middle schooler discovers that he was born to be a celebrity chef. Read full book review >
WHAT MILLY DID by Elise Moser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Required reading for young eco-activists. (glossary, resource lists) (Biography. 8-11)"
A warm tribute to an unsung hero of the environmentalist movement. 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 >