BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Mahlon F. Craft
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"A beautiful retelling that may well daunt readers accustomed to the far shorter picture-book texts of today. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Lush, intricate oil paintings distinguish this retelling of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's 18th-century version of the familiar fairy tale. Read full book review >
101 REASONS WHY I'M NOT TAKING A BATH by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"There's really only one reason to read this book: it's a hoot. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A filth-encrusted gamin ticks off precisely why a trip to the tub is not on the list of priorities. Read full book review >

LITTLE RED AND THE VERY HUNGRY LION by Alex T. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Great storytelling braided with lively color and a culturally affirming accent makes this book a real standout. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this modern reweaving of "Little Red Riding Hood" set on a modern, fanciful African savanna, readers meet a young, black Little Red who gracefully outwits the more-hungry-than-horrifying Lion. Read full book review >
COME HOME, ANGUS by Patrick Downes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Excellent use of scale and texture capture a child's out-of-control emotions. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Angry without knowing why, a boy stomps away from his house and neighborhood. Read full book review >
PLEASE SAY PLEASE! by Kyle T. Webster
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"A didactic lesson couched in humor and fantasy, it will delight young children, but it's anyone's guess they'll learn the lesson intended. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"I want….I want…!" Caregivers who find these words all too familiar may find this etiquette book useful. Read full book review >

STILL A GORILLA! by Kim Norman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"A must. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Why would adorable Willy want to be anything other than the gorilla he is? Read full book review >
WALLY DOES NOT WANT A HAIRCUT by Amanda Driscoll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Cute—but it doesn't stand out from the flock. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Wally's got one wild and wooly problem. Read full book review >
BATTLE OF THE BANDS by Jen Calonita
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"A fast read frothing over with sugary pep and cuteness. (Fiction. 7-12)"
A preteen superfan must defend her favorite boy band when a new group tries to steal their spotlight. Read full book review >
THE CABINET OF SOULS by Jo Ann Ferguson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Fans of the movie may enjoy it. (Horror. 8-12)"
A demon catches four young teens on Halloween, intending to turn them into monsters. Read full book review >
THIS IS NOT A WEREWOLF STORY by Sandra Evans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"A fast-paced if culturally questionable novel for readers who enjoy magic, science, or a little bit of both. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Evans combines spirit animals, shape-shifting magic, and the scientific method in this sequel-primed, middle-grade debut. Read full book review >
THE PRIZEWINNERS OF PIEDMONT PLACE by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"The hero is really the entire family in this somewhat labored but cockle-warming series kickoff. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Eleven-year-old Cal resorts to extreme measures to rope his reluctant family into taking a chance to win a shopping spree in the local megastore. Read full book review >
SKELETON ISLAND by Angie Sage
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Come for the ghost. Stay for the pirates. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A class of school kids on a field trip gets an infusion of piratical machinations in this latest book in a series, following Gargoyle Hall (2015). 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 >