THE GREAT SHELBY HOLMES by Elizabeth Eulberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A smart, fresh take on an old favorite makes for a terrific series kickoff. (Mystery. 9-11)"
A modern Sherlock Holmes retelling brings an 11-year-old black John Watson into the sphere of know-it-all 9-year-old white detective Shelby Holmes. Read full book review >
THE MOST FRIGHTENING STORY EVER TOLD by Philip Kerr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A patchwork outing thicker of agenda than atmosphere and likely to prompt, title notwithstanding, a few mild snickers and chills. (author's note) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
What better place to haunt than a bookstore specializing in occult subjects and run by an ex-magician? Read full book review >

THE BAD KID by Sarah Lariviere
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Sharp, fun, and optimistic, the novel will have readers rooting for Claude until the end. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Claudeline Feng LeBernadin aspires to take over the family business from her late gangster grandfather, Si, in Lariviere's debut. Read full book review >
GEORGE AND THE UNBREAKABLE CODE by Stephen Hawking
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Star-quality co-authors will (as with the previous episodes) ensure good sales, but the broad gap between the ingenuous storyline and challenging informational content will frustrate some young readers and bore the rest. (Informational science fiction. 10-12)"
George and his impulsive friend Annie, both white, take more trips into space to save the Earth from a madman with a supercomputer. Read full book review >
I AM DRUMS by Mike Grosso
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This is a worthy and entertaining read about how talent develops and what the potential consequences of pursuing it are: drumroll, please, for a fine homage to spirited single-mindedness. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Sam hears drumbeats in her head, so it's hard for her to think about anything but her passionate need to become an accomplished drummer. Read full book review >

HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. by Casey Lyall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Likely to see sequels; Howard and Ivy deserve them. (Mystery. 8-11)"
Grantleyville Middle School lowlifes beware: shamus Howard Wallace is on the case! Read full book review >
LOOKING BACK by Lois Lowry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Timeless and wise. (Memoir. 10 & up)"
In an updated edition of her photographic memoir originally published in 1998, Lowry offers reflections on life, work, and literature. Read full book review >
I WILL NOT EAT YOU by Adam Lehrhaupt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Fanciful pretend play for the dragon-slaying preschooler. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cave-dwelling monster named Theodore ponders potential foodstuffs. Read full book review >
HAND IN HAND by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Thanks to Wells' experienced hand, this book is a fine gift for new parents. (Picture book. 2-6)"
An ode to parenting, from child to mother, starring Wells' beloved bunnies. Read full book review >
ANTS 'N' UNCLES by Clay Rice
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A lively introduction to distant places with some deeply unfortunate visuals. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Silhouette artist Rice offers another imaginative tale using his intricate cut-paper designs. Read full book review >
WONDERFALL by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A haunting journey through autumn and a lovely triumph. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Using the point of view of a tree as his visual constant, Hall offers 15 poems inspired by mashed-up words—"Peacefall," "Plentifall," and so on—to discover autumn's many delights. Read full book review >
THE TAPPER TWINS RUN FOR PRESIDENT by Geoff Rodkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The absence of malign characters or motives keeps the tone light, and the parallels with campaigns on broader stages will be obvious to all. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Political races can get ugly—particularly when they're family matters. 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 >