WHO WANTS A TORTOISE? by Dave Keane
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"A sweet read-aloud for first-time tortoise owners. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A nameless, pigtailed, sassy child in a pink gossamer skirt wants only one birthday present: a puppy; in the box, however, is not a puppy but a tortoise. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR BONES by Rob Colson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A dino flop. (timeline, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Twenty large, fossilized skeletons pose amid fleshed-out reconstructions of the originals and selected relatives in this dino gallery. Read full book review >

DO FISH FART? by Keltie Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Informed and respectful, if sometimes speculative, responses, even to silly questions. As to the titular one, it's 'and how!' (index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
At long last, a considered answer to the question on every third-grader's lips—plus more lake-related facts and fancies. Read full book review >
BUGS IN THE BACKYARD by Camilla de la Bédoyère
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"No substitute for getting down and dirty in the greenery but a good and visually memorable start. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
A gallery that will bring young naturalists close—very close—to common creepy-crawlies. Read full book review >
CITY ATLAS by Georgia Cherry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A healthy step beyond typical catalogs of touristic highlights but not parochial Eurocentrism. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Tantalizing selections of local sights for prospective young visitors decorate aerial maps of 30 world cities. Read full book review >

MAMÁ THE ALIEN/MAMÁ LA EXTRATERRESTRE by René Colato Laínez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A delightful, original, clever, purposeful, multicultural alien tale. (glossary with pronunciation, author's note) (Bilingual picture book. 6-9)"
A young Latina is convinced her mother is an alien from another planet. Read full book review >
THE WOLVES OF CURRUMPAW by William Grill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"The stereotyping is a definite gaffe, but the illustrations convey an intensity of feeling in keeping with the profound way the experience changed at least one man's life. (resource lists) (Picture book. 8-10)"
The winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal offers an atmospheric retelling of a 19th-century tale that helped to spark the wildlife conservation movement in this country. Read full book review >
MY DAD USED TO BE SO COOL by Keith Negley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Yes, he sure is. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A child suspects that his pops was once pretty cool and wonders what changed. Read full book review >
MACAVITY! by T.S. Eliot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Young readers won't need to know the story's literary origins, they'll just enjoy the romp of a conniving cat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Here's another rerun from T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Read full book review >
HELLO, MY NAME IS TIGER by Jennifer P. Goldfinger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"With savvy restraint, Goldfinger presents the magic of just watching three children raptly engaged in play. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A kid who stands out for dressing as a tiger finds he's not as alone as he thought in a gentle story about making new friends. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Triumphant after her defeat of the Man in the titular Black Cloak in her 2015 debut, Serafina cannot rest on her laurels for long: a new, mysterious evil force has entered the woods and set its sights on the Biltmore Estate. Read full book review >
IBN AL-HAYTHAM by Libby Romero
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"An illuminating introduction to both a significant era in the history of science and one of its brightest stars. (review quiz, index) (Biography. 8-11)"
A glowing tribute to one of Islam's—and the world's—greatest early scientists. 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 >