If You Were Me and Lived in ...the American West by Carole P. Roman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 18, 2016

"Though offering less polished prose than in previous series volumes, this installment with its approachable illustrations serves as a reasonable introduction to westward expansion."
Author Roman and illustrator Tabor (If You Were Me and Lived In…the Middle Ages, 2016, etc.) return to their history series with this illustrated primer on the Oregon Trail during pioneer days.Read full book review >
Colors of Immortality by J.M. Muller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 29, 2016

"This capable novel about a wondrous, secret world largely focuses on setting up its sequel."
In this debut YA fantasy, a teen discovers he's connected to a hidden enclave of undead outcasts. Read full book review >

Vengeance of Time by N. L. McEvoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A pair embarks on a quest for a cure in this inventive and entertaining story that young fantasy readers should eagerly devour."
To save their cousin's life, two siblings decide to return to the lair of a villainous great-aunt in this middle-grade sequel. Read full book review >
Chasing Truth by Julie Cross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An enjoyably twisty, romantic, and thoughtful prep-school mystery."
In this YA thriller, a teenage girl investigates a friend's suicide, entangling her in dangerous intrigue. Read full book review >
Infinity by Jus Accardo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A fun YA sci-fi story with a compelling cast of characters."
A rebellious teenager discovers a family secret that involves hopping between dimensions and confronts a dangerous killer in Accardo's (Embraced, 2015, etc.) latest novel, the first in a series.Read full book review >

Bennett Prince of Ziemia by David Kucera
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2016

"A tale about a perilous rescue operation that delivers a sweet, all-ages romp, leaving room for further escapades."
In this debut middle-grade fantasy, a teen prince and his beautiful young companion sneak off on an adventure to save a nearby village. Read full book review >
Train off the Rails with Kody and Dot by Robert Von Goeben
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"An excellent rhyming story that shows how seeing more of the world can help individuals realize their own importance."
Two colleagues find a new appreciation for their delivery jobs in this illustrated children's tale of teddy bears and trains by a writer and toy company founder. Read full book review >
WHERE JESUS SLEPT by Norma Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This Is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten and illustrated by Delana Bettoli (2006) uses the same 'This Is the House that Jack Built' structure with a more graceful text and more polished illustrations; seek it out instead. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
The structure of the traditional poem "This Is the House that Jack Built" is used as the premise for this Nativity story. Read full book review >
THE THREE KINGS by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Tight cropping of unidentified old masters and a vague storyline do not add up to a child-friendly exposition of the Christian story. (Picture book/religion. 6-10)"
Another retelling of a Christian story by Elschner (The Nativity, 2015, etc.), illustrated with full-bleed reproductions from Renaissance paintings. Read full book review >
POTATOES AT TURTLE ROCK by Susan Schnur
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Though atypical, this will inspire family togetherness for the holiday. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Annie and her family, introduced in Tashlich at Turtle Rock (2010), celebrate Hanukkah with an outdoor nighttime journey through the snowy woods around their small farm. Read full book review >
A HANUKKAH WITH MAZEL by Joel Edward Stein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An appropriately modest reminder of Hanukkah's promise and the importance of perseverance. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A poor artist, a lost and hungry cat, and a peddler are each blessed with good fortune during the week of Hanukkah. Read full book review >
YITZI AND THE GIANT MENORAH by Richard Ungar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Not laugh-out-loud funny but a pleasant addition to Hanukkah collections. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The good folk of Chelm ponder the perfect thank you for a Hanukkah gift. 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 >