THE LAST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE by Jamie Rix
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Who knew good manners could be so dangerous? (Picture book. 4-8)"
The last chocolate chip cookie leads to an adventure and kidnapping by aliens…all because one young boy used his manners. Read full book review >
MY PET HUMAN by Yasmine Surovec
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"This series opener is a must for young humans owned by furry masters. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 6-10)"
Taking care of a human has its benefits, but is it better than being an unattached pussycat? Read full book review >

MIND YOUR MONSTERS by Catherine Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"While not as original as Mo Willems' The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (2012) or as much fun as Ryan Heshka's Welcome to Monster Town (2010), this should win some fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Monsters are mighty, but even they can be tamed by one powerful word: please. Read full book review >
THIS OLD VAN by Kim Norman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"This intergenerational romp filled with sight gags and puns will keep readers humming as they pore over each detail-packed page. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A flower-power VW bus races cross-country along crowded dirt lanes and city freeways to the tune of "This Old Man." Read full book review >
THE STRANDED WHALE by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A moving, memorable addition to the nature collection. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A whale stranding becomes the occasion for a sad life lesson. Read full book review >

CHASING SECRETS by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A solid story of friendship, mystery, and one girl's perseverance, in which a health scare and its rumors mirror today's epidemics. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
Infected rats and San Francisco's dark past at the turn of the 20th century come to light in Newbery Honoree Choldenko's (Al Capone Does My Shirts, 2004, etc.) look into an outbreak of bubonic plague.Read full book review >
COLD WAR ON MAPLEWOOD STREET by Gayle Rosengren
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A pleasant-enough story about a moment in history rarely captured in literature, this book doesn't rise above the ordinary. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The Cuban missile crisis disrupts a Chicago girl's life. Read full book review >
FINDING SOMEPLACE by Denise Lewis Patrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A perfect storm of suspense and fine character building. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Anticipation, fear, excitement, and dread coalesce as a girl's 13th birthday collides with a terrible force of nature: Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >
PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE by Ellen Potter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"With its intriguing setting, sympathetic characters, and hint of magic, this new chapter-book series should charm fledgling readers. (Fiction. 7-9)"
When her older brother goes off-island for high school, second-grader Piper Green misses him terribly but finds consolation in a Fairy Tree. Read full book review >
CLIMBING EVEREST by Gail Herman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine choice for both young and older, less-skilled readers. (Nonfiction. 7-14)"
Edmund Hillary is generally recognized as the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest; his Nepalese climbing partner, Tenzing Norgay, has received far less attention. Read full book review >
CHARLIE AND THE GRANDMOTHERS by Katy  Towell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Snicket-lite without the clever wordplay, it's a ghoulish though not gross thriller. (Horror. 8-11)"
Is it really paranoia if the monsters turn out to be real? Read full book review >
THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT by Penny Parker Klostermann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"No matter how many swallowed-fly titles you own, this one belongs on your shelf too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In days of yore, before a certain fly's ultimately fatal encounter with an Old Lady, there was an old dragon who felt rather peckish. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >