THE IMAGINATION BOX by Martyn Ford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A splendid adventure, hilarious and harrowing in turn and so strongly cast that even the precocious pocket primate doesn't steal the show. (Science fantasy. 11-13)"
Two young sleuths—three if you count the talking marmoset—narrowly avert worldwide disaster after a truly dangerous device and its inventor vanish suddenly. Read full book review >
A MOST MAGICAL GIRL by Karen Foxlee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Deliciously complex and convincingly detailed. (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
A young Victorian girl is called to duty in a battle between witchy good and evil. Read full book review >

BRIDGE TO THE WILD by Caitlin O'Connell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An important, engaging introduction to a modern zoo, its dedicated staff, and the fascinating animals in its care. (bibliography, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Targeting young readers as "the next generation of conservationists," O'Connell shares observations, research, and photographs (taken with Rodwell, her husband) from a week spent with the animals and keepers at Zoo Atlanta. 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 IRON TOMB by Peter Vegas
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A dusty plot that is never fully unearthed. (Adventure. 9-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Sam Force's boring summer in Cairo turns action-packed when his uncle disappears, leaving him to piece together the clues and rescue him before it is too late. 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 >
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 >
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD by Anita Silvey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A fine introduction to a musical icon. (photographs, quotation source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Silvey examines the life of Pete Seeger, whose folk music and social activism brought both worldwide acclaim and a decade of government persecution. Read full book review >
FIVE CHILDREN ON THE WESTERN FRONT by Kate Saunders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Readers familiar with the classic will probably be dissatisfied with this vision of it; readers unfamiliar with it will be mystified. (Historical fantasy. 8-12)"
Six characters from a classic work of light British fantasy are resurrected, then two of them are sent to the trenches of World War I. 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 >
50 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR by Chris McNab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An excellent starting point for understanding the Vietnam War, presented as a conflict that commenced with French colonial occupation and continues even today. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A balance of narrative and pictures paints the broad strokes of the Vietnam War. 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 >