THE HILL by Karen Bass
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Suspenseful, fast-paced, and hard to put down. (Adventure. 11-18)"
The crash landing of his father's private jet in the Canadian wilderness leaves rich white kid Jared stunned and the pilot badly injured, but it soon becomes clear that those are the very least of the 15-year-old's problems. Read full book review >
JULIUS & THE SOULCATCHER by Tim Hehir
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The book closes with drama enough for a sequel; action-happy readers will be hoping for it. (Steampunk. 11-13)"
A steampunk thriller uses Victorian science as a framework for cinematic monster goofiness in 1838 London. Read full book review >

DEX by Sheri Lynn Fishbach
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A bit underdone in spots but a mostly delectable debut. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A middle schooler discovers that he was born to be a celebrity chef. 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 EVOLUTION OF GABRIEL ADAM by S.L. Duncan
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"This convoluted episode seems to wrap up the trilogy, though there is a hint that the archangels might be needed again; whether readers will respond is another question entirely. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Two teen archangels continue the fight to save mankind and themselves from demonic takeover. 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 >
STEALING INDIANS by John Smelcer
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Though the book attempts to decry this blight on our history, without sufficient context and specifics, it may inadvertently encourage Native American stereotypes, particularly with teen readers. (discussion questions) (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Smelcer's (Indian Giver, 2016, etc.) new novel focuses on the residential Indian boarding schools, where, according to the headmaster of the infamous Carlisle Indian School, the main purpose was to "kill the Indian to save the man." 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 >
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 >