SUPERBRAIN by Toronto Public Library
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Intended as a pathway to lifelong learning, this is more like a winding, muddy dead end. (appendix, glossary, source list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
From the librarian-authors of The Research Virtuoso (2012), a guide for younger would-be "super-learners" to gathering and evaluating information.Read full book review >
STANLEY AT SCHOOL by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Here's hoping readers feel the same way about school as Stanley does; even if they don't, though, they are sure to laugh at the dogs' adventures. Where will they end up next? (Picture book. 4-8)"
Stanley's curiosity this time leads him to find out what all the kids do in school every day. Read full book review >

THE SPECIFIC OCEAN by Kyo Maclear
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A lovely, quiet beach story. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A young girl must reluctantly leave the city and friends she loves in favor of summer in a cottage with her family on the Pacific coast. Read full book review >
RAIDERS OF THE LOST SHARK by Lyn Gardner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"For fans of the previous book, it's a lot more of the same. For newbies, consider walking the plank instead. (Adventure. 9-11)"
The baddies are back, and they're ready to do anything to locate their beloved treasure, even if it means having to fake acting school experience. Read full book review >
MR. POSTMOUSE'S ROUNDS by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Like a mailbox overstuffed with gifts, Dubuc's animal scenes are a delight and well worth the wait. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A dedicated postal worker, who happens to be a small mouse, makes the daily deliveries in a lively dispatch from Dubuc. Read full book review >

THE LEMONADE HURRICANE by Licia Morelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A child-friendly introduction to the practice of meditation and the benefits of mindfulness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Emma teaches Henry by example how to meditate and be mindful, especially after he has quenched his thirst and subsequently wound himself up with sugary lemonade. Read full book review >
BUSY LITTLE DINOSAURS by Betty Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"With so many wonderful ABC books out there, it's safe to skip this ambitious but ultimately disappointing effort. (Board book. 2-5)"
This interactive alphabet book describes a dinosaur day at school. Read full book review >
THE GREEN MUSICIAN by Mahvash Shahegh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A serene, simply retold tale of dreams pursued and achieved. (source and background notes) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
A young musician finds a clever way to play to a royal audience in this tale from ancient Persia. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Enchanting indeed—and inspiring as well. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Welcome to a particular type of circus—where the child performers may just change the world "one acrobat, contortionist, and flyer at a time." Read full book review >
IN THE SAVANNAH by Ella Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sweet ecosystem introduction for preschoolers, the first of a promising series. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The African savanna, home of a tiny lion cub, is full of intriguing wildlife. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A nifty supplement to traditional nonfiction and fiction on the period. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Bearce's latest installment in the Top Secret Files series introduces young readers to the Cold War. Read full book review >
JARS OF HOPE by Jennifer Roy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sensitive, discussable access point for children learning about Holocaust history. (afterword, author's note, glossary, index, source notes) (Picture book. 8-10)"
The brave work of Irena Sendler, one of the righteous gentiles of World War II, is succinctly depicted in this new picture book. 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 >