TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Awkward attempts to improve on an inherently interesting topic undermine this otherwise fine account. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A creative approach, strong on vivid details and words that appeal to the senses, animates this biography of Typhoid Mary. Read full book review >
FUZZY MUD by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An exciting story of school life, friends, and bullies that becomes a quick meditation on the promise and dangers of modern science. (Speculative fiction. 8-12)"
When fifth-grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh-grader Marshall Walsh cut through the woods to avoid school bully Chad Hilligas, they unwittingly set off a chain of events that threatens global catastrophe. Read full book review >

ZACK DELACRUZ by Jeff Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

" Forgettable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The hot topic of middle school bullying is tackled by a San Antonio sixth-grader trying to get his class dance funded. Read full book review >
ENCHANTED AIR by Margarita Engle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"As so many of our children are immigrants or children of immigrants, we need more of these stories, especially when they are as beautifully told as this one. (Cold War timeline, author's note) (Poetry/memoir. 10 & up)"
"It really is possible to feel / like two people / at the same time, / when your parents / grandparents / memories / words / come from two / different / worlds." Read full book review >
NIGHT OF THE FRANKENFROGS by Chris Schweizer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Silly fun with a smattering of science. (Graphic science fiction/humor. 7-11)"
Four lovable misfits known collectively as the Creeps must save their school from hideous, electrified Frankenfrogs. Read full book review >

GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Superb. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Three interwoven narrative strands explore the complicated possibilities of friendship in early adolescence. Read full book review >
OLD WOLF by Avi
by Avi, illustrated by Brian Floca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Overall, a fine tale that will benefit from being sifted for all its meanings. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A modern-day fable intertwines the stories of a young boy and an old wolf. Read full book review >
I WILL CHOMP YOU! by Jory John
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A metafictive treat. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Never mind a monster at the end, there's a monster all the way through this book! Read full book review >
GET OUT OF MY BATH! by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"All in all, some good, clean reading fun. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Will Ellie be able to relax in the bath? Read full book review >
EVERMORE DRAGON by Barbara Joosse
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A beguiling read-aloud for more than princess-and-dragon lovers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The comforting friendship between a young girl and an enormous dragon deepens. Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF OSCAR THE MAGICIAN by Matthew Porter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine first caper for budding fans of mystery, monkeys, or magic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who will be the Magician of the Year? Will honesty or treachery win the day? Read full book review >
I THOUGHT THIS WAS A BEAR BOOK by Tara Lazar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"It's capably enough executed, but there are no surprises here. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An extraterrestrial spaceship crashes into the "Goldilocks" fairy tale in this mashup metafictive 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 >