SHAPES, RESHAPE! by Silvia Borando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2016

"An imaginative counting book that also encourages shape recognition and vocabulary building. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Counting down from 10, readers view colorful, neatly stacked shapes with a hint of the rearrangement—into familiar forms—that will follow after the page turn. Read full book review >
SHAPES AT PLAY by Silvia Borando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2016

"Offers nothing unique in a market full of concept books about shapes. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Against stark-white pages, identical red triangles, identical yellow squares, and identical blue circles are arranged and rearranged into familiar items amid a text heavily punctuated with exclamation marks. Read full book review >

THE TRUTH ABOUT MY UNBELIEVABLE SUMMER... by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 6, 2016

"Fun for a first read but unlikely to have children calling for another. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An answer to the classic first-day-of-school question is unspooled in tall-tale fashion by the white boy with the black unruly hair in the too-small suit first met in I Didn't Do My Homework Because… (2014). Read full book review >
THE EXTREMELY GREEDY DRAGON by Jessica Barrah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Pleasant if unexceptional. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The way to a dragon's heart is through his stomach. Read full book review >
MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES by Alison DeCamp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A high-energy romp, occasionally a bit labored but still chock-full of hilarity. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
A move from lumber camp into town only adds new hazards to older ones for a loose-lipped young, white Michigander and his recently divorced mom. Read full book review >

THE CURSE OF THE WERE-HYENA by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A series kickoff with a promising mix of chills and chortles. (Light horror. 8-10)"
Monterrosa seems like an ordinary small town—until a resident is bitten by a strange-looking dog one night while taking a stroll past the graveyard. Read full book review >
GOING, GOING, GONE by Nicholas O. Time
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"This series kickoff is a pleasant glimpse of popular history for graduates of the Magic Tree House. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Matt and his two friends get the chance to travel back in time to 1951 so he can try to help his grandfather become a major league baseball player. Read full book review >
MY FAVORITE PETS by Jeanne Birdsall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Fans will want to emulate the style and voice of this funny homework saga. (Picture book. 5-8)"
During the opening scene, in which Gus hands the teacher his report and a wrapped present, kindred spirits will suspect that there's a story behind his extra-dazzling smile. Read full book review >
AGATHA PARROT AND THE ODD STREET SCHOOL GHOST by Kjartan Poskitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Despite the flimsy plot and marginal character development, Agatha's silly antics and enthusiastic delivery should engage readers transitioning to chapter books. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When the Odd Street School's clock-tower bell rings off-schedule one night, Agatha Jane Parrot and her chums suspect a mischievous ghost may be the cause. Read full book review >
SOAR by Tracy Edward Wymer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Like Eddie's project, not a blue-ribbon entry but a worthwhile effort. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Still grieving his father's death and determined to follow in his footsteps by also winning first place in the annual West Plains Science Symposium, seventh-grade birder Eddie Wilson searches for the golden eagle his father claimed to have seen on its migration past their small Indiana town. Read full book review >
ABCS ON WHEELS by Ramon Olivera
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Start your engines! (Picture book. 4-7)"
Moving vehicles are not a new theme for alphabet books, but only a few tackle a variety of machines rather than focusing on just one type; this is one of those exceptions. Read full book review >
LUCKY STRIKES by Louis Bayard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A grand adventure. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
"Mama died hard. You should know that." 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 >