THE MONSTER WAR by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A fitting capstone to an epic adventure replete with monsters, huge explosions, clever twists, and just deserts. (map) (Steampunk. 11-13)"
Seven young heroes, together at last and diverse in many ways, tackle armies of monsters as well as a cycle of warfare that has turned for thousands of years. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Triumphant after her defeat of the Man in the titular Black Cloak in her 2015 debut, Serafina cannot rest on her laurels for long: a new, mysterious evil force has entered the woods and set its sights on the Biltmore Estate. Read full book review >

MACAVITY! by T.S. Eliot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Young readers won't need to know the story's literary origins, they'll just enjoy the romp of a conniving cat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Here's another rerun from T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Read full book review >
STICKS & STONES by Abby Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Elyse's struggles toward self-confidence will resonate with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012) and all readers learning how to be comfortable in their own skins. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Due to a rare condition called cognadjivisibilitis, anything people say about 11-year-old Elyse appears on her arms and legs—part temporary tattoo, part eczema. Read full book review >
MY DAD USED TO BE SO COOL by Keith Negley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Yes, he sure is. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A child suspects that his pops was once pretty cool and wonders what changed. Read full book review >

THE BIG MONSTER SNOREY BOOK by Leigh Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Another way to banish imagination's monsters, as well as being great fun to read, alone or aloud—with, of course, exaggerated sound effects. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Large monsters are hungry for little monsters when they wake from their snoozes…but one little monster has a clever plan to scare them off. Read full book review >
HELLO, MY NAME IS TIGER by Jennifer P. Goldfinger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"With savvy restraint, Goldfinger presents the magic of just watching three children raptly engaged in play. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A kid who stands out for dressing as a tiger finds he's not as alone as he thought in a gentle story about making new friends. Read full book review >
GROVER CLEVELAND, AGAIN! by Ken Burns
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A buoyant gallery, up to date, handsomely framed, and, in this particular election year, timely too. (glossary, list of historic sites) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
Humanizing portraits of the 43 men who have served as president of the United States. Read full book review >
SHAPES, RESHAPE! by Silvia Borando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2016

"An imaginative counting book that also encourages shape recognition and vocabulary building. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Counting down from 10, readers view colorful, neatly stacked shapes with a hint of the rearrangement—into familiar forms—that will follow after the page turn. Read full book review >
MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES by Alison DeCamp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A high-energy romp, occasionally a bit labored but still chock-full of hilarity. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
A move from lumber camp into town only adds new hazards to older ones for a loose-lipped young, white Michigander and his recently divorced mom. Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF THE WERE-HYENA by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A series kickoff with a promising mix of chills and chortles. (Light horror. 8-10)"
Monterrosa seems like an ordinary small town—until a resident is bitten by a strange-looking dog one night while taking a stroll past the graveyard. Read full book review >
MY FAVORITE PETS by Jeanne Birdsall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Fans will want to emulate the style and voice of this funny homework saga. (Picture book. 5-8)"
During the opening scene, in which Gus hands the teacher his report and a wrapped present, kindred spirits will suspect that there's a story behind his extra-dazzling smile. 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 >