MIGHTY JACK by Ben Hatke
Kirkus Star
by Ben Hatke, illustrated by Ben Hatke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Very mighty indeed. (Graphic fantasy. 7-13)"
A comic-book riff on the classic tale of "Jack and the Beanstalk," in which an impoverished young boy learns that his new garden has a mind of its own. Read full book review >
LIFT YOUR LIGHT A LITTLE HIGHER by Heather Henson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A story that recovers an important piece of African-American history inextricably tied to the history of Mammoth Cave, a national monument visited by 2 million people each year. (Picture book/biography 4-8)"
This story whispers of the life of a man most contemporary American readers should know but don't. Read full book review >

SCIENCE NO FAIR! by Nancy Krulik
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"More premise than plot, but it's funny enough to keep fledgling readers turning pages. (Fiction. 6-8)"
When Logan Applebaum's mother sends him to school with the android "cousin" she's invented, the white boy finds it difficult to keep Java's manufactured identity a secret. Read full book review >
HAND IN HAND by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Thanks to Wells' experienced hand, this book is a fine gift for new parents. (Picture book. 2-6)"
An ode to parenting, from child to mother, starring Wells' beloved bunnies. Read full book review >
BITTERLY AND THE GIANT PROBLEM by Jake Gosselin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A compelling story that just might teach young readers something about facing their fears of things that go 'bump' in the night. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
"Pinkaboo" used to be an insult…until Bitterly and her best buds, Belladonna and Abyssma, reclaim and use it to silence the bullies. Read full book review >

LASER MOOSE AND RABBIT BOY by Doug Savage
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"With rampant whimsy and cheerful silliness, expect this to hit funny bones with laser accuracy. (Graphic science fiction. 7-11)"
A moose that can shoot laser beams out his eyes—what could be better? Read full book review >
APE & ARMADILLO TAKE OVER THE WORLD by James Sturm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Ape and Armadillo might not have conquered the world in this outing, but they should win plenty of fans who will want to read more about this dynamic duo. (Graphic early reader. 5-10)"
An unlikely pair of pals engages in creative plans that exercise their imaginations and test their friendship. Read full book review >
NOT QUITE BLACK AND WHITE by Jonathan Ying
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Despite the missteps, parents and teachers looking to insert a message of diversity into a color lesson could do worse. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Animation sensibilities are reflected in the quirky silliness this brother and sister team (he a game designer, she a former Disney artist) brings to their first original picture book. Read full book review >
The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An entertaining, nicely nuanced depiction of teen relationships and challenges."
A bookish Star Trek fan, stung by a summer liaison, meets an attractive computer whiz during a search for a boyfriend who won't break her heart in this YA novel.Read full book review >
FIREHOUSE by Marie Fordacq
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An inclusive view of an ever popular career option that's sturdy enough to survive repeated alarms. (Novelty board book. 3-4)"
A firehouse that sets up in the round, with cutout doors and windows plus push-out firefighters and a ready-to-assemble truck. Read full book review >
CURSE OF THE BOGGIN by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Readers will be rooting for this tenacious kid as he keeps a steady head and stays just a step or two ahead of creepy beings conjured from a supernatural world. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Marcus O'Mara's world is turned upside down when he begins to see frightening apparitions while at school serving detention. Read full book review >
FIRST SNOW by Bomi Park
by Bomi Park, illustrated by Bomi Park
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Readers will find themselves longing for the season's first snow, too. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little Korean child celebrates the titular first snow. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >