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 >
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 >
THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly  Barnhill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Guaranteed to enchant, enthrall, and enmagick. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An elderly witch, a magical girl, a brave carpenter, a wise monster, a tiny dragon, paper birds, and a madwoman converge to thwart a magician who feeds on sorrow. Read full book review >

THE TROUBLE WITH TWINS by Kathryn Siebel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Even readers without twins will identify with the universal truths of being a sibling. (Fiction. 8-12)"
If Lemony Snicket penned a story on twins it might be similar to this debut novel about the intriguing relationship between Arabella and Henrietta. Read full book review >
APPLESAUCE WEATHER by Helen Frost
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Light yet poignant, this multigenerational family tale shows age proves no barrier when it comes to offering solace. (Verse/fiction. 8-12)"
Young and old bridge the generational gap to find comfort amid loss. Read full book review >
ALL WE HAVE LEFT by Wendy Mills
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Both a poignant contemplation on 9/11 and a necessary intervention in this current political climate. (timeline, author's note) (Fiction. 13-18)"
This election cycle, with its exacerbated Islamophobia, makes author Mills' (Positively Beautiful, 2015) fictive meditation on 9/11 and the 15 years after especially timely. Read full book review >
KID ARTISTS by David Stabler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Noncanonical entries make this a natural companion or follow-up for Kathleen Krull's essential Lives of the Artists, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (1995). (bibliography) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
For budding artists, here's a heartening reminder that 17 unconventional greats—not to mention all the rest—started out as children too. Read full book review >
FRIDAY BARNES, UNDER SUSPICION by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A cliffhanger ending will have readers drumming their fingers as they wait for the next episode. (Mystery. 8-12)"
As in series opener Friday Barnes, Girl Detective (2016), instead of just one mystery, Friday confronts a series of strange happenings in her school, posh Highcrest Academy. Read full book review >
HORUS AND THE CURSE OF EVERLASTING REGRET by Hannah Voskuil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A very nice historical mystery with a sweet dose of the paranormal. (Paranormal suspense. 8-12)"
A boy and girl try to rescue a kidnapped heiress for the reward money, aided by a boy mummy who suffers from a curse inflicted on him thousands of years ago. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >