SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A unique point of view makes this school book stand out. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rex offers a different perspective on the first day of school: that of the newly constructed school building itself. Read full book review >
COMPASS SOUTH by Hope Larson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Complex, engaging, and sure to please a wide audience. (Graphic historical adventure. 8-13)"
Two sets of twins find themselves pursued by gangs and pirates on a swashbuckling sea adventure. Read full book review >

THE DISTANCE TO HOME by Jenn Bishop
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"The life-and-death themes are thought-provoking, but readers may love the book even more for its many digressions. (baseball glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Baseball, both minor league and Little League, forms the throughline for this exploration of grief. Read full book review >
BRAVE LIKE MY BROTHER by Marc Tyler Nobleman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Though the epistolary format works well at the beginning, it ultimately founders. (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
A newly drafted GI writes home from England to his little brother in Cleveland during World War II. Read full book review >
THE NOT-A-PIG by Polly Faber
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"This debut's imaginative premise leads to intermittent flashes of wit and quirky humor, but promising material is left unexplored. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
A lonely girl befriends the terrified tapir she finds stranded in a big, busy city. Read full book review >

NIGHTMARE ESCAPE by Greg Grunberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A fine series kickoff, with the potential to tread some fresher ground in coming installments. (Graphic adventure. 8-12)"
When the people Ben sees in his frequent nightmares turn out to be real people lulled from the waking world by a dream monster, he has to learn to navigate his dream world and save them. Read full book review >
THE ENEMY ABOVE by Michael P. Spradlin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"The world has no need of a Holocaust tale that presents Nazism as relatively benign. (sources, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
An old-fashioned boys' adventure tale emerges from an almost unrecognizable retelling of a true Holocaust survival story. Read full book review >
MEET THE BOBS AND TWEETS by Pepper Springfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Falls far short of the Seuss it attempts to achieve; here's hoping Volume 2 can gain some traction. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Bob Seven and Tweet Seven may seem to be in the wrong families, but they're a perfect fit as friends. Read full book review >
BLUE & BERTIE by Kristyna Litten
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A gentle story with a sweet message that doesn't hit readers over the head. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mismatched animals who become friends are a common theme in picture books, and this one is visual proof that a real friend is "true blue." Read full book review >
THE STORYTELLER by Evan Turk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Original storytelling with the feel of the best folklore, enhanced by illustrations done in a style not seen anyplace else. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 6-11)"
The art of storytelling is celebrated as a life-giving force in this enthralling picture book set in Morocco. Read full book review >
GARY'S GARDEN by Gary Northfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"These quietly silly tableaux should fit nicely in the hands of backyard explorers and dreamers. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
A garden microcosm comes alive as the author imagines the goings-on in his yard. Read full book review >
TIME FOR (EARTH) SCHOOL, DEWEY DEW by Leslie Staub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"ET or not, the first day of school will be ootay. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dewey Dew's first day of school might look an awful lot like most kids', though it's a pretty safe bet they aren't extraterrestrials. 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 >