THE BAD DECISIONS PLAYLIST by Michael Rubens
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A charming, at times brutally funny peek inside a slacker's mind. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A pot-smoking slacker with a habit of writing half-songs meets his long-lost father in this droll, moving novel. Read full book review >
THE WELL OF PRAYERS by Anne Boles Levy
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A jumble of inconsistent plot, by-the-numbers romance, artless characters, and muddled theme. (Fantasy. 14-16)"
The sequel to The Temple of Doubt (2015) further explores the conflict among the god Nihil, the magic-wielding Azwans, and narrator Hadara. Read full book review >

THE LIGHT FANTASTIC by Sarah Combs
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A worthwhile, chilling novel that makes demands of its audience and rewards them richly in return. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Alternating narrators tell the story of a day in April when school shootings coordinated in an internet forum occur in various locations across the country. Read full book review >
STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS by Jo Knowles
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A poignant window and mirror into the lives of families affected by a health disorder. (Fiction. 11-14)"
For eighth-grader Noah, juggling school, friends, and hormones would be simple enough. Unfortunately, there is also the Thing We Don't Talk About, which looms over his family life. Read full book review >
A WEEK OF MONDAYS by Jessica Brody
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Solidly nonsmutty fare for readers who want to imagine they can get it right too. (Romance. 12-16)"
With school pictures, a history pop quiz, a speech in front of the student body, and varsity softball tryouts, Ellie, a junior, finds herself repeating the same maddening day until she gets it right. Read full book review >

FINDING ABBEY ROAD by Kevin Emerson
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"The adventure, possibility, and closure that wrap up the mystery-driven, music-fueled Exile series will leave fans satisfied and hopeful. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Dangerheart band manager Summer has just revealed a secret to Caleb, her boyfriend and the band's lead singer, that turns his world inside out; once again, there is a twist regarding the presumed-to-be-dead rock star Eli White, who is also father to Caleb and Dangerheart bassist Val. Read full book review >
THE SMALLER EVIL by Stephanie Kuehn
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Rich prose and a complex main character salvage this suspenseful but less-than-satisfying mystery. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Strange occurrences at a secluded self-help retreat threaten 17-year-old Arman's already fragile mental health Read full book review >
RECREATED by Colleen Houck
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An overlong ramble through Egyptian lore—and it ain't over yet. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
The romance between an immortal Egyptian and a modern 17-year-old now ventures into the underworld. Read full book review >
CROW SMARTS by Pamela S. Turner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An otherwise fine entry in the long-running Scientists in the Field Series. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
New Caledonian crows demonstrate that they both use and produce tools. Read full book review >
THE TELLING by Alexandra Sirowy
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A neatly done murder mystery underneath the psychology. (Mystery. 12-18)"
Lana divides her life between "before," when her stepbrother Ben was alive, and "after" his murder. Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN A COMA by John Moss
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Despite an interesting premise, the uneven juxtaposition of mystery and historical fiction shortchanges both plots, giving the book itself the rushed, disjointed quality of a dream. (Thriller. 13-16)"
After being shot, white Canadian Allison Briscoe finds herself in a persistent vegetative state, paralyzed but aware of her surroundings. Read full book review >
THREE TRUTHS AND A LIE by Brent Hartinger
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"The story is suspenseful, with excellent pacing, self-aware humor, and a twist that Hartinger pulls off as well as the best slasher films. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Anyone who's ever watched a horror movie knows: don't go into the woods. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >