ESCAPE FROM BAXTERS' BARN by Rebecca Bond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Ironically, by choosing such a dramatic catalyst, the author weakens the adventure's impact overall and leaves readers to ponder the awkward coincidences that propel the plot. (Animal fantasy. 8-10)"
A group of talking farm animals catches wind of the farm owner's intention to burn the barn (with them in it) for insurance money and hatches a plan to flee. Read full book review >
MAD SCIENTIST ACADEMY by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mad fun. (Graphic science fantasy. 7-9)"
An informative but hair-raising tour of a rather-too-realistic dinosaur exhibit gives six new students a memorable first day at Mad Scientist Academy. Read full book review >

THE MOON IS GOING TO ADDY'S HOUSE by Ida Pearle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Exquisite, electrifying, soothing, and soporific, brilliant in color and execution, this book beams. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Addy spots the moon as she leaves her city play date and marvels as it follows her all the way back to her country home. Read full book review >
THE TOMB ROBBER AND KING TUT by Sarah Gauch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"An intriguing glimpse of this renowned archaeological find. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A young boy has a close-up view of Howard Carter's discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922. Read full book review >
I'M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both arachnophobes and arachnophiles will find useful debate fodder squashed within these pages. (Picture book. 3-12)"
What if "trying" not to hate spiders doesn't quite cut it? Read full book review >

BOY, WERE WE WRONG ABOUT THE WEATHER! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A humorous take on an endlessly interesting subject. (timeline, websites) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
From dancing to appease a weather god to observing and investigating with modern scientific tools, humans have come a long way in their understanding of the weather. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CUPCAKE! by Terry Border
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Preschoolers will be delighted with the visual mayhem, although parents may cringe at the quantity of junk food depicted. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Using similar photographic treatment and subject matter developed in his earlier picture book, Peanut Butter and Cupcake (2014), Border follows the journey of the eponymous heroine in her search for the perfectly themed birthday party. Read full book review >
ANNA, BANANA, AND THE MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE by Anica Mrose Rissi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Readers should find this gentle conflict easy to relate to. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Following Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split (2015), Anna must iron out the friendship wrinkles created when her duo becomes a trio. Read full book review >
SEEN AND NOT HEARD by Katie May Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Share this slightly silly yet decidedly creepy story about haunted pictures in a spooky house at Halloween or anytime. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Welcome to Shiverhawk, a big, stately home where all items are arranged just so, including the portraits of children, who are, as most people know, better seen and not heard—till sundown. Read full book review >
OTTER LOVES HALLOWEEN! by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"This one's a real treat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Halloween is coming, and Otter is taking the holiday quite seriously, picking out the best pumpkin, choosing an appropriately scary costume, and thoroughly decorating the house—but when trick-or-treaters come, she is in for an unexpected surprise. Read full book review >
WHY DOGS HAVE WET NOSES by Kenneth Steven
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Sheer delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fanciful retelling of the story of Noah and the Ark doubles as a pourquoi tale. Read full book review >
ON THE SHOULDER OF A GIANT by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Kids will readily warm to this gentle giant from the frozen North. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
"Inukpak was huge, even for a giant." 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 >