PIRASAURS! by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Prehistoric pirates are always worth a play, as is the peaceable theme, but such amateurish writing merits only the old heave-ho. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A small dinosaur earns the respect of a scaly crew of dino-pirates with a clever bit of conflict resolution. 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 >

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 >
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 >

THE SNURTCH by Sean Ferrell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Original in its visual and linguistic presentation of behavioral problems, this important call for understanding should sit on library, classroom, and bedrooms shelves—the high ones, just above a Snurtch's reach. (Picture book. 2-8)"
The Snurtch sits in Ruthie's seat at school, all furry, spiky, goofy, and googly-eyed, waiting—just as she expected. Read full book review >
THE PROS & CONS OF BEING A FROG by Sue deGennaro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This celebration of differences displays great respect for readers' intelligence and yields more with each reading. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The amphibian in this Australian import is actually a child who likes to dress as something else because it "makes me feel brave." 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 >
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 >
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 >
KAI TO THE RESCUE! by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An oft-told tale in fire-truck form. It's earnest, but it fizzles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a tiny green-and-white pumper joins the fire crew, the captain truck doubts his abilities. Read full book review >
THE BLACK AND WHITE FACTORY by Eric  Telchin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"It's conceptually clever enough, but metatexts and reader participation are plentiful these days, and the art can't compare with Hervé Tullet's Mix It Up (2014) or Deborah Freedman's Blue Chicken (2011). (Picture book. 4-7)"
A factory producing black-and-white items faces adjustment. 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 >