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 >
THEY ALL SAW A CAT by Brendan Wenzel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A solo debut for Wenzel showcasing both technical chops and a philosophical bent. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Wouldn't the same housecat look very different to a dog and a mouse, a bee and a flea, a fox, a goldfish, or a skunk? Read full book review >

FINDING WONDERS by Jeannine Atkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Inspirational and informative, Atkins shows how pursuing one's passion for science, math, or any field considered nontraditional is worth the risk. (author's note, bibliographic essay, bibliography) (Verse historical fiction. 10-14)"
The verse biographies of three pioneering women who made their marks on science. Read full book review >
LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Gorgeous illustrations and an evocative time period support a somewhat staid story. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The third book featuring Little Elliot, a polka-dot elephant, and Mouse brings them to Coney Island. Read full book review >
ICE CREAM & DINOSAURS by Eric Litwin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Joe isn't quite as cool as Pete, but a catchy tune, dancing dinosaurs, and strawberry ice cream are an enticing combination. Here's hoping Groovy Joe soon meets a female counterpart—perhaps Hep Hilda or Beatnik Betty? (Picture book. 3-8)"
The author of the first few entries in the wildly popular Pete the Cat series debuts a new series starring Groovy Joe, a guitar-playing, ice cream-loving hound dog. Read full book review >

REBELS by David Liss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Grade-A geeky fun. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
After a brief stay on Earth after Randoms (2015), Zeke struggles with a new space mission and the possibility of the Phandic Empire striking back. Read full book review >
BETWEEN WORLDS by Skip  Brittenham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This fantasy relies on technology to stand out. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Teen misfits accidentally discover a portal to a dangerous fantasy world in this immersive book/app combo. Read full book review >
MISSION TO MOON FARM by K.E. Rocha
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"While more stuffed bear than gruff bear, a fast adventure story. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Waiting for his parents after Secrets of Bearhaven (2016), Spencer deals with an imperiled member of his bear family. Read full book review >
FAIRY TALE FRANKIE AND THE TRICKY WITCH by Greg Gormley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Whether on the fairy-tale shelf or the Halloween one, this notably nondiverse book may tickle readers with similar interests, though perhaps only once. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A white girl who really loves fairy tales is surprised one day when a bunch of fairy-tale characters visit her home and ask Frankie to hide them from the witch. Read full book review >
GHOST by Jason Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An endearing protagonist runs the first, fast leg of Reynolds' promising relay. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Castle "Ghost" Cranshaw feels like he's been running ever since his dad pulled that gun on him and his mom—and used it. Read full book review >
WISH by Barbara  O'Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A warm, real, and heartfelt tale. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sent to stay with her aunt and uncle in Colby, North Carolina, an angry girl makes the same wish daily. Read full book review >
OLIVIA LOVES OWL by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"McPhail's soft but unsentimental pen-and-ink drawings completed with muted watercolors strike a pleasant balance between real toddler activities and imaginative play. (Board book. 1-4)"
Following the formula established in Ben Loves Bear (2013), Bella Loves Bunny (2013), and Peter Loves Penguin (2014), McPhail here completes his board-book tour of the seasons. 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 >