SAM THE MAN & THE CHICKEN PLAN by Frances O’Roark Dowell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A sweet slice of neighborhood life; here's hoping for more of Sam the Man. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Seven-year-old Sam's search for a job leads him to chickens and an unexpected friendship. Read full book review >
PATHS & PORTALS by Gene Luen Yang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Between the creativity-encouraging coding lessons and the character-driven plotlines, this sequel charms from PenDown to PenUp. (Graphic fiction. 8-14)"
Following Secret Coders (2015), Hopper, Josh, and Eni unlock more of Stately Academy's secrets—but they learn they aren't the only ones doing so. Read full book review >

LION ISLAND by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A fierce portrait of a young man's discovery of power through words. (historical background, historical note, references, further reading) (Historical verse/fiction. 11-16)"
This verse novel presents a fictionalized account of a real historical figure who used the power of words to help end forced labor in 19th-century Cuba. Read full book review >
VAULT OF SHADOWS by Jonathan Maberry
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Magic, aliens, and now…zombies—a can't-miss combination. (Fantasy/science fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old white Milo Silk continues to lead the Orphan Army against the evil extraterrestrial Swarm in this follow-up to The Orphan Army (2015). Read full book review >
CARTER AND THE CURIOUS MAZE by Philippa Dowding
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This original take on time-travel historical fantasy is a sure bet for young scary-story enthusiasts. (historical note) (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The lame haunted house at the fair leaves Carter seriously bored until Mr. Green, a scary old man with giant gardening shears, invites him into the Curious Maze; finding a way out—if he can—will prove fantastic, terrifying, and anything but dull. Read full book review >

LAST DESCENDANTS by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Readers will be anxious for the second installment, soon to follow. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
The debut of an action-adventure series that ties in with the popular "Assassin's Creed" video games. Read full book review >
STING by Jude Watson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Thrilling and exciting; the perfect choice for a quick read. (Thriller. 10-16)"
Can four teens successfully steal three sapphires and then elude a determined FBI agent, a nasty international crime syndicate, and worse yet, the rare, supposedly caring adults in their lives? Read full book review >
FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An original new Alice confronts her own wonderland in this smashing fantasy. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old girl who doesn't fit into her own world embarks on a harrowing quest with a boy she doesn't trust to find her missing father. Read full book review >
MOONLIGHT BRIGADE by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Although values clearly steer the plot of this sequel, they don't drive it into the ground. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
An attack on the feral residents of Ankle Snap Alley prompts further heroism and cleverness from resourceful young raccoon Kit, first met in series opener The Wild Ones (2015). Read full book review >
THE MARVELOUS MAGIC OF MISS MABEL by Natasha Lowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Wild fantasy, sly satire, and sharply observed family dynamics are the hallmarks of this tasty, effervescent series (along with mouthwatering recipes); this volume's the most delectable yet. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Nora was thrilled to find Mabel in a flowerpot on her doorstep, even if the baby's unconventional arrival displeased their neighbors in 1881 Yorkshire. Read full book review >
FULL OF BEANS by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Filled with humor, heart, and warmth; readers can only hope to hear more about the Curry clan. (author's note with photographs, list of 1930s child actors, popular sayings, gang rules, and websites) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A prequel to a beloved novel reveals more about a boy who's full of mischief, heart, and conscience. Read full book review >
THE SCOURGE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Predictable execution hampers what could have been an intriguing exploration of the mechanics of corruption. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A baffling illness threatens a fantasy land. 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 >