ONE NORTH STAR by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"A bright, populous countdown for nature lovers, Midwestern or otherwise. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A cumulative tally of flora and fauna in Minnesota—the North Star State. Read full book review >
WHAT NOISE DO I MAKE? by Brian McLachlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"McLachlan shows an astute understanding of how to produce belly laughs in the young; this funny read-aloud would also be a terrific prelude to a zoo visit. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Canadian artist McLachlan creates a new twist on the often pedestrian visualizations of animal noises depicted in many picture books in this genre. Read full book review >

Inspiration by Douglas Pershing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Tight, cliffhanging YA fiction studded with demigods and moral dilemmas."
A menagerie of supernatural forces fights for humanity's spiritual standing. Read full book review >
MOVE IT, MISS MACINTOSH! by Peggy Robbins Janousky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 13, 2016

"A nicely diverse addition to the teacher-doesn't-want-to-go-to-school shelf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Miss Macintosh does not want to go to school.Read full book review >
MAKOONS by Louise Erdrich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A warm and welcome addition to the unfolding saga of a 19th-century Ojibwe family. (map, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In this fifth book of the Birchbark House series, Omakayas, her twin sons, Makoons and Chickadee, and their extended family adjust to life on the Great Plains following their 1866 migration from the Minnesota woods to Dakota Territory. Read full book review >

HORUS AND THE CURSE OF EVERLASTING REGRET by Hannah Voskuil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A very nice historical mystery with a sweet dose of the paranormal. (Paranormal suspense. 8-12)"
A boy and girl try to rescue a kidnapped heiress for the reward money, aided by a boy mummy who suffers from a curse inflicted on him thousands of years ago. Read full book review >
WHERE DID THEY GO? by Emily Bornoff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Seek-and-find fans will enjoy the challenge, but both the point and much of the informational detail are lost amid the artsy touches. (Picture book. 6-8)"
To give readers ways to visualize the idea of rarity, Bornoff invites viewers to pick out 13 threatened creatures hidden in as many intricately patterned landscapes. Read full book review >
WHO'S THE GROSSEST OF THEM ALL? by Susan McElroy Montanari
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Since the most natural audience for a grossness contest is typically past picture books, subject and format seem to be a classic mismatch. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The latest in the unquenchable who's-the-most horrible, hideous, revolting, repulsive, disgusting, gross, and vile genre. Read full book review >
PIPER MORGAN JOINS THE CIRCUS by Stephanie Faris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A fun and wise little romp under the big top. (Fiction. 6-9)"
A 7-year-old girl goes to live with a traveling circus when her mom gets a job there. Read full book review >
KID ARTISTS by David Stabler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Noncanonical entries make this a natural companion or follow-up for Kathleen Krull's essential Lives of the Artists, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (1995). (bibliography) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
For budding artists, here's a heartening reminder that 17 unconventional greats—not to mention all the rest—started out as children too. Read full book review >
FRIDAY BARNES, UNDER SUSPICION by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A cliffhanger ending will have readers drumming their fingers as they wait for the next episode. (Mystery. 8-12)"
As in series opener Friday Barnes, Girl Detective (2016), instead of just one mystery, Friday confronts a series of strange happenings in her school, posh Highcrest Academy. Read full book review >
APPLESAUCE WEATHER by Helen Frost
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Light yet poignant, this multigenerational family tale shows age proves no barrier when it comes to offering solace. (Verse/fiction. 8-12)"
Young and old bridge the generational gap to find comfort amid loss. 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 >