THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ by Robin Yardi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"A magnificent novel that defines what it is to be an older brother, a friend, and, yes, even a knight. (appendix) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
"Nobody believed me when I said two skunks stole my old trike. But I'd seen those stinkers take it. Swear." Read full book review >
FRIENDS by Aiko Ikegami
by Aiko Ikegami, illustrated by Aiko Ikegami
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"The message of inclusion is often seen in picture books, but sharing food to make friends is a gentle suggestion that may help children starting school or meeting new arrivals with a language barrier. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl from far away starts her first day at school, but she doesn't fit in. Read full book review >

ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK by Leslie Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"Well-crafted, warm, and wonderful. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Positive thinking proves powerful for Perry Cook and his incarcerated mother. Read full book review >
THE BLACK DRAGON by Julian Sedgwick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"A clever mashup of crime drama and magical realism makes for an auspicious series start. (Adventure. 8-11)."
When a mysterious explosion closes his boarding school early, 12-year-old Danny Woo accompanies his journalist aunt to Hong Kong. Read full book review >
ON THE SAPPHIRE'S TRAIL by Katherine Ferrier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"Adventure lovers will like the surprising plot twists; fans of opera and cookies will appreciate the many times the story is derailed; everyone will be pleased that there's a happy ending—even for the bandits. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
This graphic novel is something of a personality test. Read full book review >

GORILLA TACTICS by Sheila Grau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"Another smart, funny romp featuring a notably diverse cast headed by a minion who's looking more and more like a hero. (map) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Little does Runt Higgins suspect that keeping his hard-won place in the Junior Henchman Training Program will not only require battling bullies and giant gorillas, but rescuing undercover librarians and putting on a fashion show. Read full book review >
THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Erin Entrada Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"A promising story that doesn't quite find its footing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two Filipino sisters living with their mean stepmother discover hope in unexpected places. Read full book review >
TIMBER CREEK STATION by Ali Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"More middle-grade than teen, mature themes notwithstanding, highly recommended for boys and adventurous readers of all ages. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Battling drought on their remote Australian cattle station, Danny Dawson's once-close-knit family, already torn apart by older brother Jonny's accidental death six months ago, learns that older sister Sissy, 14, is pregnant; Liz, the English backpacker hired on short notice as household help, will prove the catalyst for needed change. Read full book review >
SHMULIK PAINTS THE TOWN by Lisa Rose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"Visually dynamic; textually functional. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An Israeli painter can't muster inspiration for his job, but he gets unexpected help. Read full book review >
THE MAYPOP KIDNAPPING by C.M. Surrisi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"Surrisi's debut novel is a delightful cozy mystery, snugly mixing intrigue and humor, with an unpredictable and satisfying resolution. (Mystery. 10-14)"
When Ms. Stillford does not show up on the first day of school, 13-year-old Quinnie Boyd is convinced her beloved tutor has been kidnapped. Read full book review >
HOW TO CAPTURE AN INVISIBLE CAT by Paul Tobin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"This winning, consistently funny, smartly silly adventure could be one of Nate's kooky gadgets, a middle-grade reading attractor. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Sixth-graders Delphine and Nate, aided by Nate's talking dog, Bosper, evade the Red Death Tea Society, an evil organization that excels at both death and brewing, while trying to capture Proton, the family cat, which Nate made both gigantic and invisible. Read full book review >
IDEAS ARE ALL AROUND by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"In all, Stead has given readers a deeply felt, deeply connected story that is homage to creation—and really quite brilliant. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
A ramble through the neighborhood gets the creative juices going in this picture book. 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 >