THE INSIDE JOB by Jackson Pearce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Wacky and action-packed. (Thriller. 9-12)"
After leaving the evil spy organization they were raised in, 12-year-old Hale and his younger sister, Kennedy, are determined to bring down the nefarious Sub Rosa Society, find their MIA parents, and save the world. Read full book review >
THIS IS NOT THE ABBY SHOW by Debbie Reed Fischer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Fischer's spunky and introspective protagonist offers a sympathetic mirror for many kids, both boys and girls. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Abby's plans for summer quickly unravel when she learns she needs to attend summer school after failing English. Read full book review >

MISSION: BACK TO SCHOOL by Susan Hood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Hood and Lundquist? Mission accomplished. And grown-ups with fledgling spies? Add some secret-agent supplies to your shopping lists. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a clever take on the back-to-school theme, Hood presents the first day of school as a secret agent's mission, with steps to complete. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN FREDDY COUNTS DOWN TO SCHOOL by Elizabeth Shreeve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"While not as strong as Sue Ganz-Schmitt and Shane Prigmore's Planet Kindergarten (2014), it's a great choice for space fans and a good way to introduce kids to distraction as a coping technique. (bibliography, further reading) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy anxious about his first day of school settles his nerves with some pretend play. Read full book review >
THE MONSTER WAR by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A fitting capstone to an epic adventure replete with monsters, huge explosions, clever twists, and just deserts. (map) (Steampunk. 11-13)"
Seven young heroes, together at last and diverse in many ways, tackle armies of monsters as well as a cycle of warfare that has turned for thousands of years. Read full book review >

SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Triumphant after her defeat of the Man in the titular Black Cloak in her 2015 debut, Serafina cannot rest on her laurels for long: a new, mysterious evil force has entered the woods and set its sights on the Biltmore Estate. Read full book review >
MACAVITY! by T.S. Eliot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Young readers won't need to know the story's literary origins, they'll just enjoy the romp of a conniving cat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Here's another rerun from T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Read full book review >
STICKS & STONES by Abby Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Elyse's struggles toward self-confidence will resonate with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012) and all readers learning how to be comfortable in their own skins. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Due to a rare condition called cognadjivisibilitis, anything people say about 11-year-old Elyse appears on her arms and legs—part temporary tattoo, part eczema. Read full book review >
MY DAD USED TO BE SO COOL by Keith Negley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Yes, he sure is. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A child suspects that his pops was once pretty cool and wonders what changed. Read full book review >
THE BIG MONSTER SNOREY BOOK by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Another way to banish imagination's monsters, as well as being great fun to read, alone or aloud—with, of course, exaggerated sound effects. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Large monsters are hungry for little monsters when they wake from their snoozes…but one little monster has a clever plan to scare them off. Read full book review >
HELLO, MY NAME IS TIGER by Jennifer P. Goldfinger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"With savvy restraint, Goldfinger presents the magic of just watching three children raptly engaged in play. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A kid who stands out for dressing as a tiger finds he's not as alone as he thought in a gentle story about making new friends. Read full book review >
GROVER CLEVELAND, AGAIN! by Ken Burns
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A buoyant gallery, up to date, handsomely framed, and, in this particular election year, timely too. (glossary, list of historic sites) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
Humanizing portraits of the 43 men who have served as president of the United States. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >