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 >
BEST FRINTS IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Cosmically delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Occasional disagreements and the need to mend a friendship are universal challenges. Read full book review >
INSECTS by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Informative and appealing—but flawed. (index, websites) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
A photo essay invites young readers to explore the world of insects. Read full book review >

THE EXTREMELY GREEDY DRAGON by Jessica Barrah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Pleasant if unexceptional. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The way to a dragon's heart is through his stomach. Read full book review >
LION LESSONS by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A jubilant romp fit for a lion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Being a lion demands hard work. Read full book review >
THE FORGETFUL KNIGHT by Michelle Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Kids will love this quirky quest and its uproariously unreliable narrator. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A forgetful knight goes to battle against the dragon that stole his horse. Read full book review >
GRIMELDA by Diana Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 4, 2016

"Mess-makers will revel in Grimelda's tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children with messy rooms are sure to empathize with Grimelda, and they will see the twist at the end coming a mile away, to their parents' chagrin. Read full book review >
MONSTER TRUCKS by Anika Denise
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Monster-truck fans won't want to miss this Halloween showdown. (Picture book. 4-8)"
These monster trucks really are monsters, and their race is sure to get cheering children on the edges of their seats. Read full book review >
ENZO'S VERY SCARY HALLOWEEN by Garth Stein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Though his story is a bit wordy (but well-suited to a read-aloud), few will be able to resist Enzo's charm. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Traffic may not daunt the race car-chasing dog, but Halloween certainly does. Read full book review >
PAINTING IN THE DARK by Rachelle Burk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Despite bumps, informative as well as inspiring. (afterword) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
An illuminating portrait of a self-taught Turkish artist who, despite being blind from birth, has become an internationally known painter. 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 >