OTHER-WORDLY by Yee-Lum Mak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Great fun for anyone 'wordly-wise.' (list of words by language, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
Words and definitions beloved by the author and representing 18 languages are arranged from one to three per page, accompanied by watercolor illustrations in subdued tones of russets, grays, greens, and browns. Read full book review >
NEWSPAPER HATS by Phil Cummings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"This gentle, brief, and touching story introduces the challenges of interacting with a family member living with dementia and will spark some discussion for families in this situation. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A little girl adds a touch of familiarity to her grandfather's world during a loving visit to his nursing home. Read full book review >

THE DRAGON'S HOARD by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An engaging collection, cast in modern but not anachronistic prose and equally suitable for reading aloud or alone. (Folk tales. 8-11)"
Heroes, monsters, gods, and kings collide in 11 tales retold from ancient sources by a Scottish storyteller. Read full book review >
INTO THE OUTLANDS by Robert Christie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Fans will be glad of the ominous ending that portends more adventures to come. (Graphic adventure. 7-12)"
What secrets and perils lie in the outlands of Crutonia? Read full book review >
FUZZY, FURRY HAT by Etienne Delessert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Younger readers will relish the merriment; older readers may find deeper meaning. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Delessert's signature surreal style is an apt accompaniment to a story inspired by Edward Lear. Read full book review >

YOUR ALIEN RETURNS by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A worthy tale of friendship that will have every reader wishing for a little green buddy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It's an interstellar play date with your alien! Read full book review >
PERIWINKLE'S JOURNEY by Judy Petersen-Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Worth a look for penguin fans. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It's a penguin family reunion in Antarctica for Crystal's birthday. Read full book review >
THE WOLF WHO WANTED TO BE A SUPERHERO by Orianne Lallemand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Superpowers may fail, but true friends are always there in need. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An inept wolf discovers there's more to being a superhero than sporting a "super-mind-boggling" costume. Read full book review >
MIKA THE BEAR IS AFRAID OF THE DARK by Yann Walcker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The long polar night will never be the same. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Mika is a young white polar bear whose imagination works double-time—particularly at bedtime. Read full book review >
THE GREAT NORTH WOODS by Brian Heinz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"In spite of textual shortcomings, this book provides a worthy introduction to an awe-inspiring geographic area that will be unfamiliar to many and may encourage some to get outside and enjoy the woods. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Rothman's detailed, realistic full-bleed acrylic paintings dominate this survey of animal and plant life in the vast area of boreal forest that extends from the eastern Great Lakes across the northeastern U.S. into Quebec. Read full book review >
THE MILLION STORIES OF MARCO POLO by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Readers looking to learn about Marco Polo will do better looking elsewhere. (map, foreword, notes) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
As a scribe works, a child visits him, curious to hear the stories he has transcribed about Marco Polo. Read full book review >
THE RIDDLE HORSE by Mark Summers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A nostalgic piece that, however beautiful, seems wasted on this age group. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A nostalgic riddle: what horse is this? 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 >