THE COLOR OF DARKNESS by Ruth Hatfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"While the subject matter is dark and at times raw, the message of the strength of the human spirit is ultimately uplifting. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Book 2 in the middle-grade Book of Storms trilogy. Read full book review >
LOCKER HERO by Rachel Renée Russell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"This spinoff is heavy on the poop jokes and light on almost everything else—readers expecting a boy Dork Diaries with equal nuance may be surprised. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
This is Max Crumbly's first experience in public school, and so far he's vomited on bully Doug "Thug" Thurston, forfeited a race due to his insistent bladder, and been locked in his locker—but it's still better than home-schooling with Grandma. Read full book review >

ANIMALS THAT MAKE ME SAY LOOK OUT! by Dawn Cusick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Average visuals compared to other entries in the series and a formula that is plainly wearing thin. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
The author of Animals That Make Me Say Ouch! (2014), …Wow! (2014), and …Ewww! (2016) offers a fresh set of stock nature photographs on the general theme of animal defensive behaviors and features. 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 >
REAL OR FAKE? by Emily Krieger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Open anywhere and be prepared to be amazed, amused, and, occasionally, revolted. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
A compendium of hoaxes, urban myths, true/false posers, unlikely exploits, strange pictures, and wacky inventions designed to give readers' "Baloney!" buzzers a real workout. 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 >
SWORD IN THE STACKS by Jen Swann Downey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Never a dull moment in this lybrary school. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Dorrie's quest to join the heroic lybrarians in protecting intellectual freedom in all times and climes takes her literally and figuratively from Passaic, New Jersey, into deadly waters in this madcap sequel to The Accidental Keyhand (2014). Read full book review >
THE JOLLEY-ROGERS AND THE GHOSTLY GALLEON by Jonny Duddle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A pleaser for young swashbucklers. (glossary) (Fantasy. 8-10)"
It's living pirates vs. the other sort when ghost buccaneers repeatedly ransack the town of Dull-on-Sea. Read full book review >
WAR IN HAGWOOD by Robin Jarvis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"A comfortably formulaic woodland epic finds resolution in widespread slaughter and melodramatic flourishes. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The (literally) heartless queen of the Unseelie Court meets her thoroughly deserved fate at last at the hands of some of the forest's humblest residents in this trilogy closer. Read full book review >
CITY ATLAS by Georgia Cherry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A healthy step beyond typical catalogs of touristic highlights but not parochial Eurocentrism. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Tantalizing selections of local sights for prospective young visitors decorate aerial maps of 30 world cities. Read full book review >
LION ISLAND by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A fierce portrait of a young man's discovery of power through words. (historical background, historical note, references, further reading) (Historical verse/fiction. 11-16)"
This verse novel presents a fictionalized account of a real historical figure who used the power of words to help end forced labor in 19th-century Cuba. Read full book review >
INSPECTOR FLYTRAP by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Three cases and lunch! What more could you need? Happily, Volume 2, The President's Mane Is Missing, publishes simultaneously. (Humor. 6-9)"
Inspector Flytrap is here to solve your "BIG DEAL" mysteries…foolishness in every case file guaranteed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >