TWO GIRLS WANT A PUPPY by Ryan Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Lots of stories address getting a dog, but this tale recounts practical steps in successfully working toward a goal, with the kids solving their own problem. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sisters Cadence and Emi use both logical and creative approaches to convince their dad they should be allowed to adopt a puppy. Read full book review >
JAMPIRES by Sarah McIntyre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"A satisfying concept, friendly, Sendak-inspired colored-pencil-and-pastel illustrations, cartoonish attractiveness, and plain old wackiness make this sweet story a winner. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Some fiends have sucked the jam out of Sam's doughnut! Who are the perpetrators of this wicked deed? Jampires, of course. Read full book review >

BOATS FOR PAPA by Jessixa Bagley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Heartbreaking and hopeful, innocent and wise, a gentle story about healing and finding connection—both in the past and present. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An anthropomorphic beaver child makes driftwood boats and sets them to sea, hoping they'll reach his father, who has passed away. Read full book review >
DANGER IN ANCIENT ROME by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"A great choice for fans of the Magic Treehouse series, who will be looking forward to Ranger's next adventure. (Adventure. 5-9)"
Time-traveling golden retriever Ranger is back, this time saving the day in ancient Rome. Read full book review >
MY HUMONGOUS HAMSTER GOES TO SCHOOL by Lorna Freytag
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"Visit Mulberry Street instead of this sequel (My Humongous Hamster, 2014). (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Bring your pet to school" day isn't exciting enough for one young hamster owner with a big imagination…or did he imagine it? Read full book review >

NOT THIS BEAR by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"A reassuring book to share with just about any set-in-his-ways child. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When given the space and time he needs to acclimate, a young bear learns to love all the new things about school. Read full book review >
MONKEY by Marc Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"Still, sure to give readers, whether adult or child, lots of ideas for easing children into the transition to school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the week before kindergarten starts, Monkey's parents and older brother do all they can to help him feel ready. Will it be enough? Read full book review >
LAZY BEAR, CRAZY BEAR by Kevin Bolger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"Both this title and its companion are good for reinforcing word families and building reading confidence, but sometimes a phonics book is just a phonics book. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Bolger and Hodson explore phonics in cartoon form. Read full book review >
B. BEAR AND LOLLY by A.A. Livingston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"The mix of fairy tales is fun, but though things work out for the three friends in the end, Lolly may seem too vengeful for many readers, adult or child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
B. Bear and Lolly are back in a tale about owning up to mistakes…and maybe about anger and vengeance too (B. Bear and Lolly: Off to School, 2014). Read full book review >
DADDY'S BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING ADVENTURE by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Sure to induce giggles and maybe even defuse some tension surrounding kids' own back-to-school shopping. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Even the best-laid plans pale in the face of nostalgia…. Read full book review >
GINNY LOUISE AND THE SCHOOL SHOWDOWN by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Never underestimate the power of good, especially when it's wrapped up in as sweet a package as Ginny Louise. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A classroom's three terrors don't know what's hit them when new student Ginny Louise arrives in town. Read full book review >
READY FOR SCHOOL, MURPHY? by Brendán Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers' empathy for Murphy will be very strong even before the final page turn. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Worries over a doctor visit just may trump worries over going to school for one bigheaded, big-eyed, spiky-haired tyke. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >