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 >
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 >

THE BRONZE KEY by Holly Black
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Only unevenly entertaining and suffering from middle-book syndrome. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Book 3 in the Magisterium series continues the escapades of 14-year-olds Call, Tamara, and Aaron as they pursue their Bronze Year studies at the Magisterium. 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 >
THE THREE LUCYS by Hayan Charara
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Sadness is turned to hope and tragedy is turned to strength in this sensitive treatment. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A young Lebanese boy experiences loss after a war in a story based on the 2006 Hezbollah-Israeli conflict. Read full book review >

LIKE A BIRD by Cynthia Grady
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An important work that gives new life to old and important songs. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
When children see Harriet Tubman on the new U.S. postage stamp, they can learn of her legacy from this literary homage to "the Moses of her people." Read full book review >
THE ALLIGATOR'S SMILE by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A splendid addition to the creators' explorations of the natural world. (Picture book/poetry. 7-11)"
Fascinating facts and playful poems about the dinosaur's smiling cousin. Read full book review >
PEDRO, FIRST-GRADE HERO by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"This earnest Latino first-grader who overcomes obstacles and solves mysteries is a winning character. (Fiction. 5-7)"
The creators of the Katie Woo series turn their focus to a peripheral character, first-grader Pedro—Katie's friend and schoolmate. Read full book review >
HERBIE'S BIG ADVENTURE by Jennie Poh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A charming story that explores a child's newfound independence. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A young hedgehog leaves home for his first solo adventure. Read full book review >
HIS ROYAL MAJESTY OF THE MUSHROOMS by Katherine Ferrier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A recipe for hazelnut fondant (1 cup hazelnut flour, 5 eggs!) caps this latest outing to the bustling hotel in an appropriately delectable way. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
Being monarch of the mushroom people turns out to require more than just giving orders and chowing down on sweets. Read full book review >
TRUTH IN SIGHT by Cori Doerrfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A likable protagonist and fantasy elements make this well-trod ground feel fairly fresh. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
A fledgling Latina fairy learns she must use her magic responsibly. Read full book review >
WHAT WILL DANNY DO TODAY? by Pippa Goodhart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Readers will love the illustrations, but they might also feel cheated by the premise—disappointing. (Picture book. 3-5)"
So many choices in a seemingly simple day! 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 >