PROMISE by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An earnest but unpolished story, it nevertheless stands out for its confrontation of a little-acknowledged subject. (Fiction. 8-10)"
When his father is released after serving eight years in prison for stealing, 11-year-old Kaden hopes it will be a new beginning. Read full book review >
SWAN by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Young ballet lovers will be smitten with the story. (author's note, bibliography, quotation sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A poor Russian girl enchants the world with her romantic ballet performances. Read full book review >

THE TEA PARTY IN THE WOODS by Akiko Miyakoshi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"As beguilingly surreal as the Mad Hatter's party, with its own enigmatic appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Kikko wakes up to snow, her father goes off to clear the walk around Grandma's house but forgets the pie he was to take with him. Read full book review >
THE BUREAU OF MISPLACED DADS by Éric Veillé
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Readers may leave this book wishing their own parental units might be 'misplaced,' if only so that they can visit this bureau. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A gently surreal tale of a boy who must sift through throngs of abandoned fathers while on the hunt for his own. Read full book review >
HOT ROD HAMSTER AND THE HAUNTED HALLOWEEN PARTY! by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"No doubt fans of the previous titles will appreciate the story of friends cooperating on such an exciting venture, but overall this offering falls a bit flat. (Early reader. 5-8)"
This third early reader in the Hot Rod Hamster series (Hot Rod Hamster and the Wacky Whatever Race, 2014) finds the likable rodent and his crew of pals planning costumes for a big Halloween bash. Read full book review >

PUNKY BREWSTER by Joelle Sellner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Today's kids might not have the fond nostalgia for Punky that their elders do, but her tale—and the idea that family is what you make it—is as likable as ever. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
The world is once again taking note of Punky Brewster, reimagining her origins in a playful comic format. Read full book review >
THE PHANTOM BULLY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Everybody's middle school years should be as ultimately satisfying as Roan's, whether they are Jedis-in-training or not. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Perhaps playing off the principle that a great ending will mitigate almost anything, this story has at least a dozen endings, and all of them are pretty spectacular. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL AFTERLIFE OF THOMAS MARSDEN by Emma Trevayne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Readers will find that this darkly intriguing faery story has an appealingly grounded hero. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Discovering his true identity, a young grave robber uses his particular skills to help faeries trapped in Victorian London. Read full book review >
LOUISE TRAPEZE IS TOTALLY 100% FEARLESS by Micol Ostow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"A sweet peek beneath the big top; readers will clamor for the next one. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Seven-year-old Louise Trapeze is finally old enough to fly in her circus act—but the platform is so very, very high. Read full book review >
A GUIDE TO SISTERS by Paula Metcalf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Less a guide for preparation for a new baby than a humorous look at sibling dynamics for those who have weathered the storm and are now ready to laugh. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Thirteen tips explain sibling foibles, told from the perspective of one big sister to all big sisters everywhere. Read full book review >
8 by Elisha Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Don't get behind the eight ball: order now; it's great fun. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A distinctive animal alphabet presents a counting game. Read full book review >
PEPPER & POE by Frann Preston-Gannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"A sparkling addition to the new-sibling bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Life is good for Pepper, the household's only cat, until Poe arrives—now nothing will be the same, as the new siblings navigate toys, space, and ultimately, friendship. 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 >