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Poseidon & Cleito by Andrew J. Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"A fresh twist on an old sea myth, complete with magic, intrigue, and plenty of old-school adventures."
A novel offers a historical reimagining of ancient tribes, the story of Atlantis, and the man who would become known as Poseidon, Bridler of the Sea. Read full book review >
MICHAEL AND ME by Shana Mangatal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"A vexing and tedious memoir that offers only brief glimpses of the extraordinary creativity of the King of Pop."
Seven years after his death, Michael Jackson's secret girlfriend reveals their peculiar 20-year relationship. Read full book review >

LOOKING FOR GROUP by Alexis Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"Hall (Waiting for the Flood, 2015, etc.) takes 10,000 geeky inside jokes and weaves them together with the challenges facing young people, whether they're nerdy or not, including game/life balance, understanding different kinds of friendship, and all the stops and starts of coming into yourself."
A young gamer meets the girl of his dreams in a massively multiplayer online game and is surprisingly OK with the discovery that the hot dark elf is a guy IRL. Read full book review >
The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"A tightly executed thriller, and the high point of a great series."
In this third installment of his Travelers series, King's (The Computer Heist, 2016, etc.) con-artist couple target a would-be politician.Read full book review >
AT NIGHT by Helga Bansch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"With the feel of a fine and handsome tintype, this Austrian import makes night newly beguiling. (Picture book. 2-6)"
For all but a few, the night is a foreign country. Read full book review >

PEACE DANCER by Roy Henry Vickers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"A rare variant of a nearly universal myth, with powerfully evocative illustrations. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
A Tsimshian artist links a flood tale from his village to a frequently performed potlatch dance. Read full book review >
WE ARE UNPREPARED by Meg Little Reilly
Released: Aug. 26, 2016

"With so many dark clouds and heavy-handed portents, you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."
Can a Vermont couple, recently transplanted from Brooklyn, survive the worst weather disaster in recorded history? Read full book review >
Riven by Jane Alvey Harris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 24, 2016

"A whirlwind narrative about an imaginative heroine that uses fantasy to offer salvation from abuse."
In this debut fantasy thriller, a teen's real life begins to overlap with a colorful world she thinks she's invented. Read full book review >
TRUMP REVEALED by Michael Kranish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A foregone conclusion: fans of Trump will want to turn to The Art of the Deal, while his detractors will find plenty of ammunition here for their cause."
The man who would be king—pardon, president—comes in for unsparing scrutiny and is found wanting. Read full book review >
BIG BERRY by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"This playful little tale and its companions are spoiled by the imposition of moral lessons. (Board book. 1-3)"
The lesson of this and every other story in the Happyland board-book series is proclaimed right on the cover. Read full book review >
BOX by Min Flyte
by Min Flyte, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A bright and cozy excursion down a well-toddled path. (Novelty picture book. 3-6)"
Further evidence that, for young children at least, boxes are gifts that keep on giving. Read full book review >
WE'RE STILL RIGHT, THEY'RE STILL WRONG by James Carville
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A valuable book for readers hoping to make sense of the strangest election in memory."
An update of the author's 1996 book, We're Right, They're Wrong, delivered with his signature passion and earthiness. 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 >