BE LIGHT LIKE A BIRD by Monika Schröder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Skillful characterization carries this quiet novel along. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A young girl's first-person narrative of her journey through grief to acceptance. Read full book review >
PETIT JEAN by William B. Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The intense regional focus means the book will appeal mainly to visitors to the area and teachers of Arkansas history. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 7-11)"
A young Frenchwoman masquerades as a boy in order to accompany her fiance to the New World in 1732. Read full book review >

THE MISSING GRIZZLY CUBS by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An average mystery with the added spice of danger and an engaging depiction of a distinctive and wondrous place. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Buck Bray is about to become the star of his own new nature series, with the first episode set in Denali National Park in Alaska. Read full book review >
SERPENTS AND WEREWOLVES by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Engaging stories that will hook kids, send them looking for traditional stories, and perhaps encourage some to take up the art of oral (and written) storytelling. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A storyteller puts her own stamp on 15 traditional tales from four different continents about shape-shifters, those people who turn into animals and back again. Read full book review >
HOW TO LIVE LIKE AN AZTEC PRIEST by John Farndon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A bland alternative to You Wouldn't Want to Be an Aztec Sacrifice (2013) and other entries in that rousing series. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
In a tongue-limbering recitation, Tlenamacac (fire priest) Ten Vulture describes his city, his gods, and his training. Read full book review >

STICKMEN'S GUIDE TO CITIES IN LAYERS by Catherine Chambers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"As a gimmick the stickmen add a bit of comic side business but not enough to lift these largely superficial outings out of the general run of assignment fodder. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
A tour of urban structures and infrastructure, from top to bottom. Read full book review >
OVER IN THE GRASSLANDS by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"One wonders what habitats are left for Berkes to tackle; here's hoping there's a least one more. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Berkes and Dubin tackle another habitat in their series of variations on "Over in the Meadow," this time visiting the African savanna. Read full book review >
OCTOPUS ESCAPES AGAIN! by Laurie Ellen Angus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"With octopus escape-artist abilities recently in the news, this is a timely title about a perennially appealing sea creature. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Using a wide range of survival techniques, a common octopus escapes from her predators and finds her dinner. Read full book review >
A MOON OF MY OWN by Jennifer Rustgi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"This just may encourage young readers to look up to the night sky and gain a new friend of their own. (recommended resources) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Readers are brought along on a young girl's imaginative nighttime adventure around the world. Read full book review >
MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT AND THE MANIAC MUFFINS by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The silliness still feels fresh, even in Chico's fourth outing. (recipes) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Runaway muffins attack the town! Can Chico Bon Bon, the titular monkey with the tool belt, get them back and help Clark with his pancake party? Read full book review >
NEVER FOLLOW A DINOSAUR by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"It's a goofy romp with a very lovable dinosaur at its center that never loses its (very small) footing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If a set of small tracks leads to a bowl of missing cat food, it must be a dinosaur, right? One with very tiny feet? Read full book review >
MIND-BOGGLING NUMBERS by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"How many readers who make it through would go back for a second go-round? Hmm. (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
It is not so much that the numbers boggle as that they simply fly by. 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 >