THE BANDIT OF BARBEL BAY by Sam Bosma
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Fans will be breathing down Bosma's neck for the third. (Graphic fantasy. 12-18)"
Just as its predecessor, Fantasy Sports, Vol. 1, did, this manga-inspired volume features Wiz-Kid, a brown-skinned young female wizard apprentice, and Mug, a barbarous tomb raider. Read full book review >
FEROCIOUS FLUFFITY by Erica S. Perl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Another crowd pleaser from the creators of Chicken Butt! (2009). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A pet hamster comes to Room 2-D: So cute! So fluffy! So…toothy. Read full book review >

COYOTE MOON by Maria Gianferrari
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"'Yip-yip-yip-yip!' indeed, for this sympathetic portrayal of a not-often-celebrated creature who shares our world. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
By the light of the moon, a coyote quietly prowls through a suburban neighborhood, hunting for food for her family. Read full book review >
SOVEREIGNTY by Anjenique Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"A well-crafted thriller that offers both a warning and hope for the future."
A dystopian sci-fi YA novel about a teenager whose unexpected discoveries hold the promise of a revolution against a totalitarian regime. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 18, 2016

"A well-illustrated book for youngsters that will reinforce ecologically friendly household habits and hopefully inspire new ones."
The third installment in Bronstein's (Stewie BOOM! Starts School, 2015, etc.) engaging children's book series focuses on the precocious titular protagonist and his family "going green." Read full book review >

MAMÁ THE ALIEN/MAMÁ LA EXTRATERRESTRE by René Colato Laínez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A delightful, original, clever, purposeful, multicultural alien tale. (glossary with pronunciation, author's note) (Bilingual picture book. 6-9)"
A young Latina is convinced her mother is an alien from another planet. Read full book review >
CITY ATLAS by Georgia Cherry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A healthy step beyond typical catalogs of touristic highlights but not parochial Eurocentrism. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Tantalizing selections of local sights for prospective young visitors decorate aerial maps of 30 world cities. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF THE SPIDER by Imam Baksh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Guyanese author Baksh weaves a mesmerizing web in his debut. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Mayali is a fugitive from her home world of Zolpash, which is ruled by the Spider gods and their armies, who now have plans to invade Earth—it's up to Mayali to thwart them. Read full book review >
NEXT ROUND by John Spray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Readers will marvel at Biyarslanov's resilience and pluck. (Biography. 10-14)"
No one chooses to be a refugee from a war-torn homeland, but if that is the hand you are dealt, try Arthur Biyarslanov's approach. Read full book review >
DO FISH FART? by Keltie Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Informed and respectful, if sometimes speculative, responses, even to silly questions. As to the titular one, it's 'and how!' (index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
At long last, a considered answer to the question on every third-grader's lips—plus more lake-related facts and fancies. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR BONES by Rob Colson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A dino flop. (timeline, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Twenty large, fossilized skeletons pose amid fleshed-out reconstructions of the originals and selected relatives in this dino gallery. Read full book review >
BUGS IN THE BACKYARD by Camilla de la Bédoyère
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"No substitute for getting down and dirty in the greenery but a good and visually memorable start. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
A gallery that will bring young naturalists close—very close—to common creepy-crawlies. 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 >