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 >
WAR IN HAGWOOD by Robin Jarvis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"A comfortably formulaic woodland epic finds resolution in widespread slaughter and melodramatic flourishes. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The (literally) heartless queen of the Unseelie Court meets her thoroughly deserved fate at last at the hands of some of the forest's humblest residents in this trilogy closer. 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 >
HILLARY CLINTON by Cheryl Harness
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"This is a respectful, informative introductory biography, but it's not a sufficiently nuanced one. (photos, further reading, sources notes) (Biography. 8-12)"
Harness delivers an accessible overview of Clinton's life, from childhood to her current campaign to become the Democratic candidate for U.S. president in 2016. 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 >
JESS'S STORY by Christine Heppermann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Delightful illustrations and enduring underlying themes make this a fun, quick read. (cooking tips, recipe, resources) (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Just as suddenly as she disappeared at the end of series opener Sadie's Story (2015), Ms. M the witch pops back into the lives of three besties right when she's needed. Read full book review >
LA MADRE GOOSE by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Not one of Elya's stellar efforts. Such previous offerings as Little Roja Riding Hood (2014) and No More, Por Favor (2010) are far better examples of her snappy language-integration skills. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Elya's spin on Mother Goose offers a collection of nursery favorites spiced with a Latin American twist. Read full book review >
STARS SO SWEET by Tara Dairman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Dairman manages to blend an overabundance of ingredients into a tasty dish that series fans should eat up. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A 12-year-old girl who secretly works as a restaurant reviewer for a major newspaper juggles her professional life, scholastic responsibilities, and circle of friends, all while beginning a new school. 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 >