OGRES AWAKE! by James Sturm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Guaranteed to make readers feel like they've woken up on the right side of the bed. (Graphic early reader. 4-7)"
The Knight and Edward find their kingdom besieged by sleeping ogres—what should they do? Read full book review >
THAT STINKS! by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Like a pun, this book will either go over really well or flop. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Katz's (sub)titular show and tell has a room full of racially diverse students making proclamations that would normally get them sent to the principal's office, giving this book a forbidden-fruit vibe. Read full book review >

CAPTAIN FREDDY COUNTS DOWN TO SCHOOL by Elizabeth Shreeve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"While not as strong as Sue Ganz-Schmitt and Shane Prigmore's Planet Kindergarten (2014), it's a great choice for space fans and a good way to introduce kids to distraction as a coping technique. (bibliography, further reading) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy anxious about his first day of school settles his nerves with some pretend play. Read full book review >
MISSION: BACK TO SCHOOL by Susan Hood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Hood and Lundquist? Mission accomplished. And grown-ups with fledgling spies? Add some secret-agent supplies to your shopping lists. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a clever take on the back-to-school theme, Hood presents the first day of school as a secret agent's mission, with steps to complete. Read full book review >
ATTICUS CLAW BREAKS THE LAW by Jennifer Gray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A purrfect caper for a not-too-criminal kitty. (Fantasy/mystery. 7-9)"
A real cat burglar—literally—stars in this British import. Read full book review >

TOWERS FALLING by Jewell Parker Rhodes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"This tender retelling of tragedy is a solid vessel to help young readers understand the gravity of 9/11 and how it touches all Americans, no matter where we come from. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dèja Barnes doesn't want to stand out at the integrated Brooklyn Collective Elementary, and she wishes her family could move out of the Avalon Family Residence into a home; despite her fears, Dèja tackles new friendships, a new teacher, and the mystery behind her father's deep sadness. Read full book review >
THE TREASURE OF MARIA MAMOUN by Michelle Chalfoun
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"The plot mechanics may not hold up to scrutiny, but the puzzles are clever, and Maria's adventures are genuinely thrilling; that sort of storytelling never gets old. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's hard to explain why this book feels quite as old-fashioned as it does. Read full book review >
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"An engaging, feel-good novel about elementary school life. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Following series opener A Whole New Ballgame (2015), this second installment of the Rip and Red series finds the eponymous fifth-graders feeling pretty good about the year…until a new girl turns their world upside down. Read full book review >
DIRT + WATER = MUD by Katherine Hannigan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A creative approach + math and science + a map = a book that both entertains and teaches. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl and her dog play outdoors in a story that utilizes math and science concepts. Read full book review >
REX by Simon James
by Simon James, illustrated by Simon James
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A cozy bit of new-family making—perhaps better not taken too literally. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Single parenting, T. Rex style. Read full book review >
UNLIKE OTHER MONSTERS by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A quirky friendship story with lots of humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young monster breaks a taboo against friendship—kind of. Read full book review >
BELLA UP, UP, AND AWAY by Ryan O'Rourke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A delightful nautical and aerial feline caper. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her new pal accidentally drifts out to sea, a spunky cat attempts a daring rescue. 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 >