THE SCOURGE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Predictable execution hampers what could have been an intriguing exploration of the mechanics of corruption. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A baffling illness threatens a fantasy land. Read full book review >
FULL OF BEANS by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Filled with humor, heart, and warmth; readers can only hope to hear more about the Curry clan. (author's note with photographs, list of 1930s child actors, popular sayings, gang rules, and websites) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A prequel to a beloved novel reveals more about a boy who's full of mischief, heart, and conscience. Read full book review >

THE MARVELOUS MAGIC OF MISS MABEL by Natasha Lowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Wild fantasy, sly satire, and sharply observed family dynamics are the hallmarks of this tasty, effervescent series (along with mouthwatering recipes); this volume's the most delectable yet. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Nora was thrilled to find Mabel in a flowerpot on her doorstep, even if the baby's unconventional arrival displeased their neighbors in 1881 Yorkshire. Read full book review >
MOONLIGHT BRIGADE by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Although values clearly steer the plot of this sequel, they don't drive it into the ground. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
An attack on the feral residents of Ankle Snap Alley prompts further heroism and cleverness from resourceful young raccoon Kit, first met in series opener The Wild Ones (2015). Read full book review >
FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An original new Alice confronts her own wonderland in this smashing fantasy. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old girl who doesn't fit into her own world embarks on a harrowing quest with a boy she doesn't trust to find her missing father. Read full book review >

RUNNING GIRL by Simon Mason
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Paced like a television police procedural, with flashes of epiphany, false leads, and race-against-time dangers, this satisfying whodunit overcomes its characterization shortcomings. (Mystery. 13-15)"
Sherlock Holmes, if Holmes were a biracial, at-risk, 16-year-old slacker—a genius stoner who consorts with burglars and homeless dropouts. Read full book review >
STING by Jude Watson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Thrilling and exciting; the perfect choice for a quick read. (Thriller. 10-16)"
Can four teens successfully steal three sapphires and then elude a determined FBI agent, a nasty international crime syndicate, and worse yet, the rare, supposedly caring adults in their lives? Read full book review >
LAST DESCENDANTS by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Readers will be anxious for the second installment, soon to follow. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
The debut of an action-adventure series that ties in with the popular "Assassin's Creed" video games. Read full book review >
CARTER AND THE CURIOUS MAZE by Philippa Dowding
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This original take on time-travel historical fantasy is a sure bet for young scary-story enthusiasts. (historical note) (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The lame haunted house at the fair leaves Carter seriously bored until Mr. Green, a scary old man with giant gardening shears, invites him into the Curious Maze; finding a way out—if he can—will prove fantastic, terrifying, and anything but dull. Read full book review >
VAULT OF SHADOWS by Jonathan Maberry
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Magic, aliens, and now…zombies—a can't-miss combination. (Fantasy/science fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old white Milo Silk continues to lead the Orphan Army against the evil extraterrestrial Swarm in this follow-up to The Orphan Army (2015). Read full book review >
POPPY by Mary Hooper
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This mildly interesting peek into a historical setting reads like an elderly person's memoir. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
This British import gives readers a look at one of the ways women served in World War I. Read full book review >
DON'T YOU TRUST ME? by Patrice Kindl
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A chilling reminder that sociopaths aren't always coldblooded serial killers; sometimes they're the girl next door. (Thriller. 13-18)"
Fifteen-year-old "white-bread-white" Morgan is one of the "cold people": she lacks a conscience; love and fear don't apply to her; she's indestructible; and she never does anything for anyone unless there's something in it for her. 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 >