UNDER THE LIGHTS by Abbi Glines
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Inflated histrionics that are about as appealing as the navel-gazing that punctuates them. (Romance. 14-18)"
Major melodrama ensues when Willa returns to her childhood home after an absence of six years to live with her nonna, cook and housekeeper for the wealthy Lawtons, and reconnects with childhood friends. Read full book review >
100 DAYS by Nicole McInnes
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A tender, often funny tale, this story's heartbreaking ending packs no less of a punch even though readers are prepared for it. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Three misfits whose friendship fell apart in the sixth grade rediscover their bond in high school. Read full book review >

THIEVING WEASELS by Billy Taylor
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A diverting caper comedy. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Cam Smith has only one wish: to escape his criminal family. He has managed to get himself into the prestigious Wheaton Preparatory Academy and plans to go to Princeton when his family shows up to ruin everything. Read full book review >
EIGHT RIVERS OF SHADOW by Leo Hunt
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Whopping good suspense in the netherworld. (Horror. 12-18)"
This sequel to Thirteen Days of Midnight (2015) follows Luke Manchett, who inherited a Host of powerful ghosts from his father and can't seem to get out of the necromancy business. Read full book review >
THE RAT PRINCE by Bridget Hodder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Though Philip Pullman did it earlier and funnier with I Was a Rat! (2000), this take still feels fresh enough, despite misgivings. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A new "Cinderella" retelling includes the perspective of a rat living in her home. Read full book review >

UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD by Lygia Day Peñaflor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Engaging behind-the-scenes look at a lonely young Hollywood star's tragedies and triumphs. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A critically acclaimed child actor struggles with her insecurities, a fame-hungry momager, and a demanding director. Read full book review >
SCAVENGER OF SOULS by Joshua David Bellin
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A satisfying if uneven conclusion. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 13-18)"
All secrets are unearthed in this fight-for-survival post-apocalyptic duology closer to Survival Colony 9 (2014). Read full book review >
NOT AS WE KNOW IT by Tom Avery
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Engagingly, this short, fine effort set in the early 1980s compassionately whispers a message of hope. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Twins Jamie and Ned have always explored their seaside world together, but now Ned is dying of cystic fibrosis, and Jamie has to learn how to forge ahead without him. Read full book review >
SOLDIER SISTER, FLY HOME by Nancy Bo Flood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Heartfelt and poignant, the tale nevertheless feels a little out of touch. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The daughter of a Navajo woman and a white man struggles with her older sister's deployment to Iraq and her own sense of self. Read full book review >
VICARIOUS by Paula Stokes
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An ambitious sci-fi mystery that falls just short of great. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
A Korean-American girl's sister is mysteriously murdered. Read full book review >
BELOW by Jason Chabot
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Though flawed, this first volume in a new trilogy has much to offer genre enthusiasts. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 12-16)"
Hokk scavenges the dead bodies falling from the sky, but when he finds one alive, everything changes. Read full book review >
THE ALMOST KING by Lucy Saxon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Lacking in all but length, this adventure never makes it off the ground. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Seventeen-year-old Aleks leaves home to join the Siberene military in hopes of finding adventure but instead finds abuse, corruption, and despair. 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 >