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 >
ATTICUS CLAW BREAKS THE LAW by Jennifer Gray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A purrfect caper for a not-too-criminal kitty. (Fantasy/mystery. 7-9)"
A real cat burglar—literally—stars in this British import. Read full book review >

TOWERS FALLING by Jewell Parker Rhodes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"This tender retelling of tragedy is a solid vessel to help young readers understand the gravity of 9/11 and how it touches all Americans, no matter where we come from. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dèja Barnes doesn't want to stand out at the integrated Brooklyn Collective Elementary, and she wishes her family could move out of the Avalon Family Residence into a home; despite her fears, Dèja tackles new friendships, a new teacher, and the mystery behind her father's deep sadness. Read full book review >
THE TREASURE OF MARIA MAMOUN by Michelle Chalfoun
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"The plot mechanics may not hold up to scrutiny, but the puzzles are clever, and Maria's adventures are genuinely thrilling; that sort of storytelling never gets old. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's hard to explain why this book feels quite as old-fashioned as it does. Read full book review >
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"An engaging, feel-good novel about elementary school life. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Following series opener A Whole New Ballgame (2015), this second installment of the Rip and Red series finds the eponymous fifth-graders feeling pretty good about the year…until a new girl turns their world upside down. Read full book review >

DIRT + WATER = MUD by Katherine Hannigan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A creative approach + math and science + a map = a book that both entertains and teaches. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl and her dog play outdoors in a story that utilizes math and science concepts. Read full book review >
REX by Simon James
by Simon James, illustrated by Simon James
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A cozy bit of new-family making—perhaps better not taken too literally. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Single parenting, T. Rex style. Read full book review >
UNLIKE OTHER MONSTERS by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A quirky friendship story with lots of humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young monster breaks a taboo against friendship—kind of. Read full book review >
BELLA UP, UP, AND AWAY by Ryan O'Rourke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A delightful nautical and aerial feline caper. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her new pal accidentally drifts out to sea, a spunky cat attempts a daring rescue. Read full book review >
MAGGI AND MILO MAKE NEW FRIENDS by Juli Brenning
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Perhaps next time Maggi and Milo will learn about the golden rule. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In their second outing, Maggi and her huge dog, Milo, visit a park where they make three new friends. Read full book review >
FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY AND THE REALLY BIG VOICE by Julianne Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Fans of Freckleface Strawberry and her friends will welcome their return, but better stories about school, friendship, and embracing individuality abound. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A young boy discovers that his loud voice is (mostly) not appreciated at school. 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 >
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 >