MICHELANGELO FOR KIDS by Simonetta Carr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Like many others in the …For Kids series, stronger for its content than the promised activities but worth it nevertheless. (Biography. 9-14)"
This substantial biography of the life and times of the great sculptor, painter, poet, and Renaissance man Michelangelo Buonarroti describes its subject's life in eight chapters. Read full book review >
FIRESTORMERS by Carl Bowen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"When the smoke clears, a group of characters emerges deserving a unique and universal respect. (Adventure. 9-13)"
An elite troop of wildfire fighters drops in on an inferno with a lieutenant on his first command. Read full book review >

PEARL'S OCEAN MAGIC by Catherine Hapka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Sinks. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Young dolphin Pearl encounters braggarts, bullies, and friends during her first day at magical dolphin school. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED FARM by Elys Dolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"This is one haunted farm readers won't want to skip. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Dolan takes her zany, anthropomorphic animals to new heights of silliness in this Halloween tale. Read full book review >
COMPASS SOUTH by Hope Larson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Complex, engaging, and sure to please a wide audience. (Graphic historical adventure. 8-13)"
Two sets of twins find themselves pursued by gangs and pirates on a swashbuckling sea adventure. Read full book review >

SHADOWS OF THE DARK CRYSTAL by J.M. Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Fans of this first installment will be glad of the movie while waiting for the book's sequel. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A young Gelfling girl discovers hidden evils in this prequel to Jim Henson's 1982 film The Dark Crystal. Read full book review >
NINE, TEN by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: June 28, 2016

"Tense, disturbing, and thought-provoking. (author's note, acknowledgements) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Four children of diverse ethnicities, unknown to one another, are at Chicago's O'Hare airport on Sept. 9, 2001. Read full book review >
THE DISTANCE TO HOME by Jenn Bishop
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"The life-and-death themes are thought-provoking, but readers may love the book even more for its many digressions. (baseball glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Baseball, both minor league and Little League, forms the throughline for this exploration of grief. Read full book review >
BRAVE LIKE MY BROTHER by Marc Tyler Nobleman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Though the epistolary format works well at the beginning, it ultimately founders. (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
A newly drafted GI writes home from England to his little brother in Cleveland during World War II. Read full book review >
THE WORLD FROM UP HERE by Cecilia Galante
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Galante's penned a poignant tale of self-discovery. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixth-grader Wren is besieged with worry. Read full book review >
THE NOT-A-PIG by Polly Faber
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"This debut's imaginative premise leads to intermittent flashes of wit and quirky humor, but promising material is left unexplored. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
A lonely girl befriends the terrified tapir she finds stranded in a big, busy city. Read full book review >
MISCHIEF AT MIDNIGHT by Esme Kerr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Mildly mysterious but not quite suspenseful. (Mystery. 11-14)"
Following The Girl with the Glass Bird (2015), orphan Edie solves another mystery at her English boarding school. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >