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 >
3 OF A KIND by Rohan Gavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A totally satisfying third round of bonding à la Knightley (you know, with kidnapping, sleuthing, disguises, and murder). (Mystery. 10-14)"
Sunblock protects Anglo pallor from the unrelenting Western sun, but it doesn't do much for fending off the Combination's villainy. Read full book review >
WAX by Gina Damico
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An imaginative twist on an Invasion of the Body Snatchers theme, with comedy. (Horror. 12-18)"
Poppy lives in Paraffin, Vermont, dominated by the Grosholtz Candle Factory, which is both industry and tourist attraction. Read full book review >

WATCHING TRAFFIC by Jane Ozkowski
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A short, slice-of-life-style story that fans of literary fiction will find satisfying. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An unexpected romance opens up new possibilities for a young woman who's just graduated from high school in this debut novel set in small-town Ontario. Read full book review >
BENEATH WANDERING STARS by Ashlee Cowles
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Though a bit oversimplified at times, the story will open a portal to families with injured soldiers and propel conversations about war, identity, philosophy, and hardship. (Fiction. 14-18)"
After her older brother, Lucas, is wounded in action and rendered comatose, 17-year-old Gabriela Santiago decides to honor a promise to her brother by walking the Camino de Santiago alongside Seth Russo, the unlikeliest of companions. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSIN GAME by Kirsty McKay
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Smart, edge-of-the-seat thrills. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl joins a traditional secret murder game in her snooty boarding school only to find that the game might be more real than anyone had intended. Read full book review >
COURAGEOUS WOMEN OF THE CIVIL WAR by M.R. Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A solid resource. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Although most people associate the Civil War with its innumerable male participants, many brave women also found ways to serve. Read full book review >
NICE GIRLS ENDURE by Chris Struyk-Bonn
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Valuable for showing a miserable fat protagonist getting happier—without the seemingly obligatory weight-loss arc. (Fiction. 13-16)"
How much derision can a teen endure? Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This important topic is worthy of attention, and in spite of some design flaws, this will serve middle and high school readers well. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Thousands of different types of microbes inhabit, in unimagined profusion, many parts of the human body. It's an ecosystem worth exploring. Read full book review >
UNDERSTANDING SUICIDE by Connie Goldsmith
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An effective, compassionate guide to a subject that needs one. (source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Facts counteract stigma and ignorance in this guide. 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 >