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 >

TEDDYCATS by Mike Storey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Intriguing if somewhat formulaic. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When one young Teddycat's selfish decision exposes his whole rain forest community, he risks everything to save those he loves. Read full book review >
YOUR PRESIDENTIAL FANTASY DREAM TEAM by Daniel O'Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"These portraits, while mightily jaundiced by the author's selectivity and perspective, do offer readers a warts-and-all look at two centuries of presidential leadership and politics. (further reading, websites, bibliography, source notes) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
Borrowing the "dream team" trope from superhero comics, O'Brien invites readers to evaluate each of 39 dead presidents (George Washington through Ronald Reagan, excepting Jimmy Carter) on his merits. Read full book review >
HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A watertight addition to the venerable Let's Read and Find Out collection. (websites) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
A straightforward dive into the watery abyss, with passing views of some select exotic residents. Read full book review >

THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH by Claire Fayers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A robust debut, well stocked with heroic exploits, monsters, pirates, explosions, magical transformations, and life-changing adventures, and a promising series starter. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
For two young fugitives, being captured by pirates is only the first step in an epic quest for a fabled trove of gold and magic. Read full book review >
LOWRIDERS TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH by Cathy Camper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Satisfyingly over-the-top mayhem for all 'low and slow' fans. (Graphic fantasy. 8-13)"
The Lowriders in Space saga continues with an even crazier ride than the first. Read full book review >
THE DRAWING LESSON by Mark Crilley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"An original and accessible way to learn to draw. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-14)"
This 144-page book delivers exactly what it promises: a graphic novel that teaches readers to draw. Read full book review >
MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES by Alison DeCamp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A high-energy romp, occasionally a bit labored but still chock-full of hilarity. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
A move from lumber camp into town only adds new hazards to older ones for a loose-lipped young, white Michigander and his recently divorced mom. Read full book review >
THE DAY THE MUSTACHE CAME BACK by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Funny—but not funny enough to carry the plot's weaknesses. (Fiction. 7-9)"
After The Day the Mustache Took Over (2015), Nathan and David Wohlfardt find a familiar face in their new nanny, who claims to be their old nanny's twin brother. Read full book review >
AGATHA PARROT AND THE ODD STREET SCHOOL GHOST by Kjartan Poskitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Despite the flimsy plot and marginal character development, Agatha's silly antics and enthusiastic delivery should engage readers transitioning to chapter books. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When the Odd Street School's clock-tower bell rings off-schedule one night, Agatha Jane Parrot and her chums suspect a mischievous ghost may be the cause. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"For those approaching or in the scrum of middle school, a positive reminder that the perfect middle school experience does not exist. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With age-appropriate humor and insight, veteran teacher Reynolds offers advice aimed at assisting young people as they trek through the minefield that is middle school. 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 >