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 >
GABRIEL'S HORN by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A moving update of a powerful story. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, a white Jewish boy receives the unusual responsibility of caring for an old, tarnished horn and wonders if his family's subsequent good fortune could be the result of how he carries out his charge. Read full book review >
A BOY NAMED QUEEN by Sara Cassidy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A small, eloquent book with a powerful message. (Fiction. 8-11)"
What happens when a girl who is expected to live by the rules meets a boy who makes his own rules? Read full book review >
THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY by Varsha Bajaj
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"The soft cadence of the rhyming verses and the joyous pictures of the elephants will make this a bedtime favorite. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When a baby elephant is born, "wrinkled and gray," not just the herd, but the whole world rejoices, from morning to night. Read full book review >
FIVE CHILDREN ON THE WESTERN FRONT by Kate Saunders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Readers familiar with the classic will probably be dissatisfied with this vision of it; readers unfamiliar with it will be mystified. (Historical fantasy. 8-12)"
Six characters from a classic work of light British fantasy are resurrected, then two of them are sent to the trenches of World War I. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >