CAN ONE BALLOON MAKE AN ELEPHANT FLY? by Dan Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A sweet story about connectedness and a willingness to believe in these modern times. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's a mom-and-son trip to the zoo, but mom's preoccupation with her cellphone makes for a lonely time until being present becomes a priority—and then magic occurs. Read full book review >
A PERFECT MESS by Steve Breen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A spirited way to explore both causality and not-so-clean fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Henry tries his hardest to stay clean for a special day at school. Read full book review >

THE UNCORKER OF OCEAN BOTTLES by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Readers will find both consolation and encouragement on every visit to this emotionally resonant, evocative story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A man who delivers messages sent via ocean bottle longs for a message of his own. Read full book review >
THE DEADLIEST CREATURE IN THE WORLD by Brenda Z. Guiberson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"With well-chosen, clearly conveyed facts and handsome compositions that invite study, this team delivers another fine effort, equally well-suited to family browsing and classroom use. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Fourteen creatures lay claim to the title posed in Guiberson's central question: "Who is the deadliest creature in the world?" Read full book review >
THE <i>LEFT-HANDED FATE</i> by Kate Milford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rich and strange of place and premise; suspenseful and thought-provoking. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
An ancient inscription and a handful of inscrutable artifacts plunge three young people into both the War of 1812 and a much larger, older conflict. Read full book review >

THE RAT PRINCE by Bridget Hodder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Though Philip Pullman did it earlier and funnier with I Was a Rat! (2000), this take still feels fresh enough, despite misgivings. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A new "Cinderella" retelling includes the perspective of a rat living in her home. Read full book review >
DRAGON WAS TERRIBLE by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"This is one terribly good dragon tale that will leave readers laughing and with an appreciation for the healing power of a good book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In this comical tale, one kingdom is fed up with its disobedient dragon. Read full book review >
THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE AT THE ZOO by Laura Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A delicious outing for one and all. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Back for a fourth adventure, this smart cookie cavorts across the zoo, where many animals are ready for a nibble. Read full book review >
UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD by Lygia Day Peñaflor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Engaging behind-the-scenes look at a lonely young Hollywood star's tragedies and triumphs. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A critically acclaimed child actor struggles with her insecurities, a fame-hungry momager, and a demanding director. Read full book review >
ALL MY TREASURES by Jo Witek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A quietly joyful invitation to audiences of any age to stop taking the wonders and pleasures around them for granted. (Picture book. 5-9)"
What will a child put in her fine, new, porcelain box? "Things that are beautiful and colorful and bright." Read full book review >
THE SUPER-SPOOKY FRIGHT NIGHT! by Tracey Corderoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Italics and exclamation points may be overused, but this new humorous series is full of gently amusing magical surprises. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Shades of Bewitched, the old TV show featuring a witch married to a regular guy. Read full book review >
QUIT CALLING ME A MONSTER! by Jory John
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Fiendish monsters—and everyone else—rejoice! (Picture book. 3-7)"
A grand return to a world of endearing monsters from the duo behind I Will Chomp You! (2015). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >