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 >
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 >

THE KING OF KAZOO by Norm Feuti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Clever, fast-paced, and altogether great fun. (Graphic adventure. 7-12)"
A king, his daughter, and their royal inventor set out on an epic quest to locate a mysterious tunnel in a faraway mountain. 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 >
PRINCESS EASY PLEASY by Natasha Sharma
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"A lighthearted suggestion that 'When in Rome…' is a salutary approach anywhere in the world. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A comically misnamed Indian princess ruins a series of family vacations. Read full book review >

A NEW CLASS by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Typical middle school experiences for young Padawans, featuring crushes, quizzes, and food fights highlighted by a climactic lightsaber duel in the hallway. (Graphic science fiction. 8-12)"
A midterm transfer to the Jedi Academy campus on Coruscant not only supercharges Victor Starspeeder's dreams of becoming a Jedi Knight, but teaches him how to tell bad friends from good. Read full book review >
MAX AND RUBY'S PRESCHOOL PRANKS by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"The science project adds an unusual wrinkle to this primer for incoming nursery schoolers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Even when most of the "students" are plush, playroom preschool isn't always going to be an orderly environment. Read full book review >
BIRDIE'S HAPPIEST HALLOWEEN by Sujean Rim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Yes, readers, you too can be whatever you want, for Halloween and in life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Birdie can't decide what she would like to be for Halloween, a trip to the art museum is inspirational. Read full book review >
BOSSY FLOSSY by Paulette Bogan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"No matter if the premise is a bit thin; the humorous art and the use of well-known phrases such as 'You are not the boss of me' will encourage rereads. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Flossy bosses everyone—even adults—until she meets the equally bossy Edward. Read full book review >
THE THING ABOUT LEFTOVERS by C.C. Payne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Readers experiencing family challenges of their own will laugh and cry with Fizzy, rejoicing as she cooks up quite the satisfying new life for herself. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Elizabeth "Fizzy" Russo feels like a leftover kid, and as a budding chef, she really dislikes leftovers. Read full book review >
WHO WANTS A TORTOISE? by Dave Keane
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"A sweet read-aloud for first-time tortoise owners. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A nameless, pigtailed, sassy child in a pink gossamer skirt wants only one birthday present: a puppy; in the box, however, is not a puppy but a tortoise. Read full book review >
MY GYM TEACHER IS AN ALIEN OVERLORD by David Solomons
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Wildly funny. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In this sequel to My Brother is a Superhero (2015), it's up to totally ordinary 11-year-old Luke to save the planet. 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 >