MY GYM TEACHER IS AN ALIEN OVERLORD by David Solomons
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Wildly funny. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In this sequel to My Brother is a Superhero (2015), it's up to totally ordinary 11-year-old Luke to save the planet. Read full book review >
CLICK HERE TO START (A NOVEL) by Denis Markell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"A winner for mystery enthusiasts. (Mystery. 10-13)"
When 12-year-old Ted Gerson goes to see his dying Great-Uncle Ted at the hospital, little does he know he's about to embark on a real-life escape-the-room game, his favorite kind of computer game. Read full book review >

THE THING ABOUT LEFTOVERS by C.C. Payne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Readers experiencing family challenges of their own will laugh and cry with Fizzy, rejoicing as she cooks up quite the satisfying new life for herself. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Elizabeth "Fizzy" Russo feels like a leftover kid, and as a budding chef, she really dislikes leftovers. Read full book review >
BUGS IN THE BACKYARD by Camilla de la Bédoyère
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"No substitute for getting down and dirty in the greenery but a good and visually memorable start. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
A gallery that will bring young naturalists close—very close—to common creepy-crawlies. Read full book review >
MAMÁ THE ALIEN/MAMÁ LA EXTRATERRESTRE by René Colato Laínez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A delightful, original, clever, purposeful, multicultural alien tale. (glossary with pronunciation, author's note) (Bilingual picture book. 6-9)"
A young Latina is convinced her mother is an alien from another planet. Read full book review >

GROVER CLEVELAND, AGAIN! by Ken Burns
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A buoyant gallery, up to date, handsomely framed, and, in this particular election year, timely too. (glossary, list of historic sites) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
Humanizing portraits of the 43 men who have served as president of the United States. Read full book review >
MY DAD USED TO BE SO COOL by Keith Negley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Yes, he sure is. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A child suspects that his pops was once pretty cool and wonders what changed. Read full book review >
THE MONSTER WAR by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A fitting capstone to an epic adventure replete with monsters, huge explosions, clever twists, and just deserts. (map) (Steampunk. 11-13)"
Seven young heroes, together at last and diverse in many ways, tackle armies of monsters as well as a cycle of warfare that has turned for thousands of years. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Triumphant after her defeat of the Man in the titular Black Cloak in her 2015 debut, Serafina cannot rest on her laurels for long: a new, mysterious evil force has entered the woods and set its sights on the Biltmore Estate. 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 >
STICKS & STONES by Abby Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Elyse's struggles toward self-confidence will resonate with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012) and all readers learning how to be comfortable in their own skins. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Due to a rare condition called cognadjivisibilitis, anything people say about 11-year-old Elyse appears on her arms and legs—part temporary tattoo, part eczema. Read full book review >
THIS IS NOT THE ABBY SHOW by Debbie Reed Fischer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Fischer's spunky and introspective protagonist offers a sympathetic mirror for many kids, both boys and girls. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Abby's plans for summer quickly unravel when she learns she needs to attend summer school after failing English. 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 >