100 DAYS by Nicole McInnes
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A tender, often funny tale, this story's heartbreaking ending packs no less of a punch even though readers are prepared for it. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Three misfits whose friendship fell apart in the sixth grade rediscover their bond in high school. Read full book review >
THE <i>LEFT-HANDED FATE</i> by Kate Milford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rich and strange of place and premise; suspenseful and thought-provoking. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
An ancient inscription and a handful of inscrutable artifacts plunge three young people into both the War of 1812 and a much larger, older conflict. Read full book review >

ANIMALS THAT MAKE ME SAY LOOK OUT! by Dawn Cusick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Average visuals compared to other entries in the series and a formula that is plainly wearing thin. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
The author of Animals That Make Me Say Ouch! (2014), …Wow! (2014), and …Ewww! (2016) offers a fresh set of stock nature photographs on the general theme of animal defensive behaviors and features. Read full book review >
THIEVING WEASELS by Billy Taylor
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A diverting caper comedy. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Cam Smith has only one wish: to escape his criminal family. He has managed to get himself into the prestigious Wheaton Preparatory Academy and plans to go to Princeton when his family shows up to ruin everything. Read full book review >
EIGHT RIVERS OF SHADOW by Leo Hunt
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Whopping good suspense in the netherworld. (Horror. 12-18)"
This sequel to Thirteen Days of Midnight (2015) follows Luke Manchett, who inherited a Host of powerful ghosts from his father and can't seem to get out of the necromancy business. Read full book review >

THE RAT PRINCE by Bridget Hodder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Though Philip Pullman did it earlier and funnier with I Was a Rat! (2000), this take still feels fresh enough, despite misgivings. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A new "Cinderella" retelling includes the perspective of a rat living in her home. Read full book review >
TALKING LEAVES by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A vivid retelling of a pivotal time for the Cherokee nation. (cast of characters, afterword, printed syllabary, glossary, further reading) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A boy grapples with the return of his father, Sequoyah, and the creation of a Cherokee syllabary. Read full book review >
MAXI'S SECRETS by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Though purposive, this earnest boy-and-his-dog tale makes a strong case for Secret No. 11: 'There's nothing so bad in the world that dog kisses won't make it better.' (Fiction. 9-12)"
"My dog, Maxi, dies," warns Timminy at the start of this friendship tale set in small-town Maine. Read full book review >
UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD by Lygia Day Peñaflor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Engaging behind-the-scenes look at a lonely young Hollywood star's tragedies and triumphs. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A critically acclaimed child actor struggles with her insecurities, a fame-hungry momager, and a demanding director. Read full book review >
SCAVENGER OF SOULS by Joshua David Bellin
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A satisfying if uneven conclusion. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 13-18)"
All secrets are unearthed in this fight-for-survival post-apocalyptic duology closer to Survival Colony 9 (2014). Read full book review >
NOT AS WE KNOW IT by Tom Avery
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Engagingly, this short, fine effort set in the early 1980s compassionately whispers a message of hope. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Twins Jamie and Ned have always explored their seaside world together, but now Ned is dying of cystic fibrosis, and Jamie has to learn how to forge ahead without him. Read full book review >
SOLDIER SISTER, FLY HOME by Nancy Bo Flood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Heartfelt and poignant, the tale nevertheless feels a little out of touch. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The daughter of a Navajo woman and a white man struggles with her older sister's deployment to Iraq and her own sense of self. 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 >