CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A grab bag for sure, but readers may find themselves angling to be in Budapest in April for its annual pillow fight. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Attractions—and repulsions—to stifle the next "Are we there yet?" whine from the back seat. Read full book review >
PLANTS CAN'T SIT STILL by Rebecca E. Hirsch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Excellent collaboration produced a winner: graceful, informative, and entertaining. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Double-page spreads of watercolor and collage use minimal words to describe how and why plants move. Read full book review >

YOU BELONG TO ME by Mamoru Suzuki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"For young readers, the book is like a bath before bed: soothing, comforting, and warm. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Cuddly animals snuggle, hug, and protect a small child in a collection of affectionate poses from Japanese author/illustrator Suzuki. Read full book review >
ABOUT MARINE MAMMALS by Cathryn Sill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Dependable fare for budding naturalists. (bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
For the 16th entry in their About… wildlife series, the Sills look to the oceans. Read full book review >
NORBERT'S BIG DREAM by Lori Degman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"The message of dreaming big is secondary to the storyline, but Norbert is no stick-in-the-mud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The expression "when pigs fly" is given a new twist as Norbert the pig dreams of swimming—not in just any pond, lake, or ocean, but the English Channel. Read full book review >

SEVEN AND A HALF TONS OF STEEL by Janet Nolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A deeply felt but not overwrought telling of a story that will be new to most young readers. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A reverent account of the creation of a seagoing 9/11 memorial fashioned by incorporating part of one of the fallen towers into the hull of a Navy ship. Read full book review >
THE RIDDLEMASTER by Kevin Crossley-Holland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A jewel box for lovers of stories, filled with riddles and allusions that will test, but not daunt, even younger readers. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Three children board a ferry to a nearby island—but to pay the fare must answer seven riddles posed by a boatload of strangely familiar creatures. Read full book review >
CROSSING THE GOTTHARD by Yvonne Rogenmoser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Compact in length but broad of scope, an eye-opening gander at a brand-new wonder of the world. (maps, timeline) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
With help from, appropriately, a mountain goat, Rogenmoser chronicles the succession of engineering feats that have made possible travel and trade over a rugged Alpine pass through the centuries. Read full book review >
CLEO by Sassafras De Bruyn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"In comparison with other fanciful journeys, this has moderate appeal, mostly due to the interesting illustrations. (Picture book. 5-7)"
This Dutch-to-English translation relates a tale of a lonesome girl who fantasizes a journey into the sea and the sky. Read full book review >
IS IT SUKKOT YET? by Chris Barash
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A suitable introduction for young children to the holiday. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Autumnal signs of leaves changing, squirrels foraging and hiding acorns, and cool breezes blowing announce another Jewish fall tradition: the harvest holiday of Sukkot. Read full book review >
50 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR by Chris McNab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An excellent starting point for understanding the Vietnam War, presented as a conflict that commenced with French colonial occupation and continues even today. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A balance of narrative and pictures paints the broad strokes of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
ME FIRST! by Robin Pulver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Not as strong as either Pulver and Reed's others or Brian P. Cleary and Martin Goneau's Pre- and Re-, Mis- and Dis- (2013). (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Once again looking in on the doings in Mr. Wright's classroom, Pulver and Reed continue their language arts series with a look at prefixes. 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 >