MILK GOES TO SCHOOL by Terry Border
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Border's shtick goes on far too long for readers to want seconds of Milk and Waffle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Border continues his series of books about anthropomorphized food, this time focusing on Milk and her first day of school. Read full book review >
SOPHIE'S SQUASH GO TO SCHOOL by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Sophie's negativity is a definite turnoff, though Steven and his problem-solving are delightful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl's friendship with the two squash she grew in her garden (Bernice's twin babies from Sophie's Squash, 2013) gets in the way of a friendship with a real child when Sophie starts school. Read full book review >

KINDERGARTEN IS COOL! by Linda E. Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A rollicking reassurance that school will be fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rhyming verses show those new to school just how cool kindergarten will be. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >