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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
MY GRANDPARENTS LOVE ME by Claire Freedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Sweet and appealing for the preschool set and a winning gift purchase for the grandparent crowd. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The extraordinary bond a young child enjoys with a grandparent is expressed through a series of activities they share. Read full book review >
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 >
MAKING FRIENDS WITH BILLY WONG by Augusta Scattergood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Even though this is mostly Azalea's tale, it's a refreshing novel inspired by real-life Chinese-American communities not often seen in stories. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's 1952, and Azalea Ann Morgan, an 11-year-old white girl, doesn't want to leave Texas and help Grandma Clark, who hurt her foot and lives in Paris Junction, Arkansas. Read full book review >
MOO by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Fans of Love That Dog (2001) and Hate That Cat (2010) will find much to love in this story of a girl, a cow, and so much more. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Newbery Medalist Creech touches on themes of loss, friendship, and belonging in this appealing tale of a young girl's unlikely relationship with Zora, an enormous belted Galloway. 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 >