CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A grab bag for sure, but readers may find themselves angling to be in Budapest in April for its annual pillow fight. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Attractions—and repulsions—to stifle the next "Are we there yet?" whine from the back seat. Read full book review >
THE MOON CHILD by Cate Cain
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Entertaining if rife with stereotype; Joseph Bruchac's Wolf Mark (2011) is both comparable and better. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A spooky series second-parter takes a 17th-century 13-year-old English boy and his friends across the Atlantic to the magical New World. 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 >
A NEW CLASS by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Typical middle school experiences for young Padawans, featuring crushes, quizzes, and food fights highlighted by a climactic lightsaber duel in the hallway. (Graphic science fiction. 8-12)"
A midterm transfer to the Jedi Academy campus on Coruscant not only supercharges Victor Starspeeder's dreams of becoming a Jedi Knight, but teaches him how to tell bad friends from good. Read full book review >
HILLARY CLINTON by Cheryl Harness
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"This is a respectful, informative introductory biography, but it's not a sufficiently nuanced one. (photos, further reading, sources notes) (Biography. 8-12)"
Harness delivers an accessible overview of Clinton's life, from childhood to her current campaign to become the Democratic candidate for U.S. president in 2016. Read full book review >
WAR IN HAGWOOD by Robin Jarvis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"A comfortably formulaic woodland epic finds resolution in widespread slaughter and melodramatic flourishes. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The (literally) heartless queen of the Unseelie Court meets her thoroughly deserved fate at last at the hands of some of the forest's humblest residents in this trilogy closer. Read full book review >
THE KING OF KAZOO by Norm Feuti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Clever, fast-paced, and altogether great fun. (Graphic adventure. 7-12)"
A king, his daughter, and their royal inventor set out on an epic quest to locate a mysterious tunnel in a faraway mountain. Read full book review >
HOW TO HANG A WITCH by Adriana Mather
Released: July 26, 2016

"Pure contrivance—nothing more. (Paranormal romance. 12-16)"
When Cotton Mather's lineal descendant, several generations along, moves to modern-day Salem, Massachusetts, she triggers a curse that's been in effect since 1692. 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 >