SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Adults and children will eagerly follow Serafina from the basement into a world of self-discovery, justice, and new friendships. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Serafina mostly enjoyed her life at the Biltmore Estate until the other children started disappearing at night. Read full book review >
THE DOUBLECROSS by Jackson Pearce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"International espionage plus wacky high jinks equals plot-twisting fun. (Thriller. 8-12)"
An unlikely hero becomes a double agent to save his parents and possibly the whole world. Read full book review >

ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE by Tamara Ellis Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Elegant prose and emotional authenticity will make this title sing not only for those who have experienced tragedies, but for everyone who knows the magic that only true friendship can foster. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Two 10-year-old boys, both on journeys in the wake of loss, find themselves connected by a simple marble—and much more. Read full book review >
SAVING MR. TERUPT by Rob Buyea
Released: July 14, 2015

"A warmly gracious invitation to a convincing middle school world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-graders Alexia, Anna, Danielle, Jessica, Jeffrey, Luke, and Peter struggle to hold on to the bonds formed in Mr. Terupt's class in fifth and sixth grade and to their favorite teacher, whose job is in jeopardy. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF DARES FOR LOST FRIENDS by Jane Kelley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Readers with patience and the willingness to work with the story will find its rewards ample and lasting. (Magical realism. 9-13)"
With the help of Tasman, a singular boy with a troubled history, Val, a good-hearted, well-grounded sixth-grader, tries to harness ancient forces in order to help her best friend, Lanora, whose attempt to "begin again" has gone seriously awry. Read full book review >

RETRIBUTION by Mark Walden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Plot twists, action, and explosions galore; it might as well be a movie. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
Humanity continues to struggle against the invaders introduced in Earthfall (2013) while facing new threats and revelations.Read full book review >
BOY'S BEST FRIEND by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Well-rounded characters and an interesting concept make this a solid read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
George's beloved dog, Bart, seems to always know when the Cape Cod grade schooler will be returning home and waits eagerly for his arrival. Read full book review >
FREDDY THE FROGCASTER AND THE HUGE HURRICANE by Janice Dean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 13, 2015

"Common-sense attitude and advice, sunnily conveyed. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Budding weatherfrog Freddy makes his television debut as a hurricane roars over Lilypad. Read full book review >
THE BEAST IN MY BELLY by Grzegorz Kasdepke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2015

"An amusing take on a universal human experience, one that should strike giggling chords among its readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
At first alarmed by the "beast in her belly," a little girl eventually makes peace with it in this very short chapter book. Read full book review >
FIRST GRADE DROPOUT by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A sure conversation-starter about empathy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In typical child fashion, an embarrassing slip of the tongue leads one young blond boy to want to drop out of school altogether. Read full book review >
POPPY'S BEST PAPER by Susan Eaddy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Poppy's paper is hard-won but worth the A it gets. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Following her decision to become a writer when she grows up, Poppy takes a significant step in the right direction—after a few false starts. Read full book review >
I'M WITH CUPID by Anna Staniszewski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Light—but not lightweight—fun for preteens. (Paranormal comedy. 10-13)"
Two middle schoolers with secret paranormal powers accidentally swap those powers when they kiss each other at a party in this series opener. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >