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 >
MY FAVORITE PETS by Jeanne Birdsall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Fans will want to emulate the style and voice of this funny homework saga. (Picture book. 5-8)"
During the opening scene, in which Gus hands the teacher his report and a wrapped present, kindred spirits will suspect that there's a story behind his extra-dazzling smile. Read full book review >
THE WEATHER DISASTER by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"With outlandish situations rendering scientific concepts memorable, McElligott has concocted a winning formula for learning as entertainment. (backmatter) (Graphic science fantasy. 6-9)"
Having survived disastrous dinosaurs in the first series installment, students at the Mad Scientist Academy now attempt to comprehend the mystery of weather. Read full book review >
A UNICORN NAMED SPARKLE by Amy Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A tale about coming to love someone—or something—for who they are and not what one hopes them to be: a pleasant addition to the odd-couple shelf. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Lucy dreams of owning a unicorn, but a mail-order scam brings a one-horned, smelly goat instead—who just might be her perfect match. 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 >