Cut Paste Gone by Lisa  Safran
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2015

"A well-written, engaging exploration of the maxim, 'Be careful what you wish for.'"
A young girl with a magic pair of scissors makes a collage out of reality in Safran's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PISTACHIO AND THE PEST by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"Long live Princess Pistachio. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Princess Pistachio Shoelace's summer vacation is not starting out on a high note. Read full book review >

KAYLA AND KUGEL by Ann D. Koffsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"This upbeat explication should prove both entertaining and instructive. (Picture book/religion. 2-4)"
Kayla sets the table for Shabbat while she manages to avert numerous mishaps caused by her overeager assistant, the mischievous puppy Kugel. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT SONGS by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A treat for the eye, ear, and heart. (Picture book/poetry. 3-7)"
A multimedia tribute to the great picture-book writer in her own words. Read full book review >
DROWNED CITY by Don Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An excellent chronicle of the tragedy for a broad audience; children, teens, and adults will all be moved. (source notes, bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Following the stellar The Great American Dust Bowl (2013), Brown tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on New Orleans, beginning with "a swirl of unremarkable wind" in "early August, 2005" and ending with the observation that "By 2012, only 80 percent of New Orleans's residents had returned."Read full book review >

TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Awkward attempts to improve on an inherently interesting topic undermine this otherwise fine account. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A creative approach, strong on vivid details and words that appeal to the senses, animates this biography of Typhoid Mary. Read full book review >
FUZZY MUD by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An exciting story of school life, friends, and bullies that becomes a quick meditation on the promise and dangers of modern science. (Speculative fiction. 8-12)"
When fifth-grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh-grader Marshall Walsh cut through the woods to avoid school bully Chad Hilligas, they unwittingly set off a chain of events that threatens global catastrophe. Read full book review >
ZACK DELACRUZ by Jeff Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

" Forgettable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The hot topic of middle school bullying is tackled by a San Antonio sixth-grader trying to get his class dance funded. Read full book review >
ENCHANTED AIR by Margarita Engle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"As so many of our children are immigrants or children of immigrants, we need more of these stories, especially when they are as beautifully told as this one. (Cold War timeline, author's note) (Poetry/memoir. 10 & up)"
"It really is possible to feel / like two people / at the same time, / when your parents / grandparents / memories / words / come from two / different / worlds." Read full book review >
NIGHT OF THE FRANKENFROGS by Chris Schweizer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Silly fun with a smattering of science. (Graphic science fiction/humor. 7-11)"
Four lovable misfits known collectively as the Creeps must save their school from hideous, electrified Frankenfrogs. Read full book review >
GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Superb. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Three interwoven narrative strands explore the complicated possibilities of friendship in early adolescence. Read full book review >
OLD WOLF by Avi
by Avi, illustrated by Brian Floca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Overall, a fine tale that will benefit from being sifted for all its meanings. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A modern-day fable intertwines the stories of a young boy and an old wolf. 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 >