FRAMED! by James Ponti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"More escapades are promised in this improbable but satisfying series starter. (Mystery. 9-12)"
A smart kid foils big-time thieves in the nation's capital—and joins the FBI. Read full book review >
THEY CHANGED THE WORLD by Lewis Helfand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Give this a pass: much clearer pictures of what DNA does and the strong personalities who were involved in winkling out its secrets are available. (Graphic nonfiction. 11-13)"
The story of the discovery of the structure of DNA, in graphic format. Read full book review >

FUZZY by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Provocative issues that never overwhelm storytelling make this a winner. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Vanguard Middle School's no place for breaking rules; computerized Vice Principal Barbara sees to that. Read full book review >
THE LOST EXPEDITION by Mitch Krpata
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Die-hard fans of the game may stick out adventuring with the recognizable, wide-eyed gang, but with an unfocused plot and confusing twists, this just feels like a money grab. (Graphic adventure/fantasy. 8-12)"
Still marooned on a strange island, three friends fight to protect a magical map. 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 >

POLARIS by Beth Bowland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"With more revision, this book could have been the start of a Jumanji-like adventure series for preteen space lovers. Alas, it falls short of its potential. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
Aaron, a white boy in Bixie, Montana, must save his mom and friend from "nothingness" by defeating an alien in an interdimensional game. 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 >
THE FLAME NEVER DIES by Rachel Vincent
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A page-turner for readers who don't look too hard. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
This sequel to The Stars Never Rise (2015) follows Nina and her friends into the desert wasteland of a post-apocalyptic, demon-ridden United States. Read full book review >
POISONED BLADE by Kate Elliott
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"At once nuanced and thrilling—a worthy sequel. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Jes runs the game of Fives for ruthless Lord Gargaron, the Patron responsible for tearing her family apart; her winnings support her mother and sisters in hiding—but at the price of beating Kal, whom she loves. Read full book review >
THORNGHOST by Tone Almhjell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"This companion is intriguingly and skillfully told, helping to mitigate the less-than-stellar character development. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An upper-middle-grade story that builds on (but is not a sequel to) the premise of The Twistrose Key (2013). Read full book review >
ZOE IN WONDERLAND by Brenda Woods
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"This touching tale about finding strength in uniqueness is a well-crafted read from start to finish. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Zoe G. Reindeer hates her last name and her big feet and anything else that makes her "just Zoe." Read full book review >
KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK by David Rudden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"The intriguing premise is undercut by hasty worldbuilding but shows promise nonetheless; perhaps the kinks will be worked out in Volume 2. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
A teenage orphan living in misery suddenly discovers his magical gifts while being thrust into an epic battle between good and evil…sound familiar? 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 >