THE CLASS by Boni Ashburn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A reassuring peek that will assuage children's fears about their own first days and their classmates. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An original take on the first-day-of-school theme follows the 20 students that make up the titular kindergarten class as they get ready in the morning. Read full book review >
A TIGER TAIL by Mike  Boldt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Anya isn't the only kid who worries about being different on the first day; no matter how unique, though, readers are sure to find a niche to call their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Anya doesn't seem at all worried that it's the start of a new school year, but the tiger tail she's sprouted overnight is a huge cause for concern. Read full book review >

ALICE & LUCY WILL WORK FOR BUNK BEDS by Jaime Temairik
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"The stakes, as they are, never get much higher than a trashed party pastry, but spending time with Lucy and Alice is well worth it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pair of bear sisters who get along great, except when it comes to sharing a bed, work up a sweet plan to buy bunk beds—but things get messy along the way. Read full book review >
THE DAY THE MUSTACHE CAME BACK by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Funny—but not funny enough to carry the plot's weaknesses. (Fiction. 7-9)"
After The Day the Mustache Took Over (2015), Nathan and David Wohlfardt find a familiar face in their new nanny, who claims to be their old nanny's twin brother. 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 >
DARA PALMER'S MAJOR DRAMA by Emma Shevah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"This funny, charismatic heroine will capture her readers' hearts. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A fifth-grader who dreams of becoming a famous actor cannot find role models that reflect her Cambodian background. 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 >
THE SUMMER NICK TAUGHT HIS CATS TO READ by Curtis Manley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Young listeners of all stripes (and species) will enjoy this warmhearted celebration of literacy and imagination. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An enthusiastic reader teaches his two cats to appreciate books, though it takes extra effort to interest one of them in the endeavor. 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 >
NIGHT SKY WATCHER by Raman Prinja
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"An inviting and accessible introduction to a lifetime of exploration. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
A handy introduction to the visible night sky. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >