OCEAN ANIMALS by Johnna Rizzo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"A child-friendly invitation to dive in. (glossary, index, picture credits, acknowledgments) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Striking photographs illustrate this collection of marine animals, a sampling of remarkable creatures that live in and around the ocean. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >