BUGS IN THE BACKYARD by Camilla de la Bédoyère
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"No substitute for getting down and dirty in the greenery but a good and visually memorable start. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
A gallery that will bring young naturalists close—very close—to common creepy-crawlies. Read full book review >
CITY ATLAS by Georgia Cherry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A healthy step beyond typical catalogs of touristic highlights but not parochial Eurocentrism. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Tantalizing selections of local sights for prospective young visitors decorate aerial maps of 30 world cities. Read full book review >

MAMÁ THE ALIEN/MAMÁ LA EXTRATERRESTRE by René Colato Laínez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A delightful, original, clever, purposeful, multicultural alien tale. (glossary with pronunciation, author's note) (Bilingual picture book. 6-9)"
A young Latina is convinced her mother is an alien from another planet. Read full book review >
THE WOLVES OF CURRUMPAW by William Grill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"The stereotyping is a definite gaffe, but the illustrations convey an intensity of feeling in keeping with the profound way the experience changed at least one man's life. (resource lists) (Picture book. 8-10)"
The winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal offers an atmospheric retelling of a 19th-century tale that helped to spark the wildlife conservation movement in this country. 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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
IBN AL-HAYTHAM by Libby Romero
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"An illuminating introduction to both a significant era in the history of science and one of its brightest stars. (review quiz, index) (Biography. 8-11)"
A glowing tribute to one of Islam's—and the world's—greatest early scientists. Read full book review >
OGRES AWAKE! by James Sturm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Guaranteed to make readers feel like they've woken up on the right side of the bed. (Graphic early reader. 4-7)"
The Knight and Edward find their kingdom besieged by sleeping ogres—what should they do? Read full book review >
THAT STINKS! by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Like a pun, this book will either go over really well or flop. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Katz's (sub)titular show and tell has a room full of racially diverse students making proclamations that would normally get them sent to the principal's office, giving this book a forbidden-fruit vibe. 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 >
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 >