MAKOONS by Louise Erdrich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A warm and welcome addition to the unfolding saga of a 19th-century Ojibwe family. (map, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In this fifth book of the Birchbark House series, Omakayas, her twin sons, Makoons and Chickadee, and their extended family adjust to life on the Great Plains following their 1866 migration from the Minnesota woods to Dakota Territory. Read full book review >
THE CANDYMAKERS AND THE GREAT CHOCOLATE CHASE by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An overlarge recipe, tasty but flawed. (Mystery. 8-12)"
The winners of a candy-making contest track a mysterious but crucial ingredient. Read full book review >

BERA THE ONE-HEADED TROLL by Eric Orchard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An old-fashioned quest with a lovable protagonist. (Graphic fantasy. 7-14)"
One-headed troll Bera finds a human baby and resolves to get it to safety. Read full book review >
EUREKA! by John Grant
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Culturally blinkered but refreshingly opinionated and not without a few pleasant surprises. (index) (Collective biography. 12-16)"
A lively parade of cranks, mystics, rebels, obsessives, and geniuses, humble or otherwise, whose discoveries and insights shaped today's science and technology. Read full book review >
DOLLARS & SENSE by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An informative primer on how money functions that doesn't trigger the dismal science's snooze button. (glossary, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A sporty guide to the wide, weird world of money. Read full book review >

HUNDRED PERCENT by Karen Romano Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A lovely, lovely tale full of warmth, humor, and intelligence that validates its readership. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Two white, female best friends enter sixth grade, and their friendship becomes complicated. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD-BOUND OATH by Alexis E. Fajardo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"What Rick Riordan did for the Greek gods, Fajardo has done for 'Beowulf': magnificent. (character list) (Graphic fantasy. 7-13)"
"Beowulf" reimagined. Read full book review >
THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM by Kathleen Burkinshaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Tragedy and hope collide in this promising middle-grade debut. (afterword, bibliography, glossary, statistics about Hiroshima) (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Japanese native Yuriko Ishikawa lives in Hiroshima with Papa, Aunt Kimiko, and annoying cousin Genji during the turmoil of World War II in Burkinshaw's historical novel. 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 >
LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Read solely as fiction, this is an auspiciously clever and engaging series opener. (Graphic historical fiction. 7-12)"
Two Neanderthal preteens weave a tale of everyday life to which even modern kids can relate. Read full book review >
PATRICK GRIFFIN'S LAST BREAKFAST ON EARTH by Ned Rust
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"The story could use less of the villain and more of the giant jackalope. But then, every book needs more jackalopes. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
For a story about parallel worlds, this book is hardly science fiction at all. 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 >