THE MIXED-UP TRUCK by Stephen  Savage
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A good reminder for adults that giving instructions is an art and that mistakes will be made from time to time (and that white powder not intended for small mixers should be put out of reach). (Picture book. 18 mos.-3)"
A brightly striped cement mixer tries to do the job right on its first day, with mixed results. Read full book review >
THE WEATHER DISASTER by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"With outlandish situations rendering scientific concepts memorable, McElligott has concocted a winning formula for learning as entertainment. (backmatter) (Graphic science fantasy. 6-9)"
Having survived disastrous dinosaurs in the first series installment, students at the Mad Scientist Academy now attempt to comprehend the mystery of weather. Read full book review >

BEAR & HARE—SHARE! by Emily Gravett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Well worth sharing. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Bear and Hare are more toddlerlike than ever. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"For those approaching or in the scrum of middle school, a positive reminder that the perfect middle school experience does not exist. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With age-appropriate humor and insight, veteran teacher Reynolds offers advice aimed at assisting young people as they trek through the minefield that is middle school. Read full book review >
DARA PALMER'S MAJOR DRAMA by Emma Shevah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"This funny, charismatic heroine will capture her readers' hearts. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A fifth-grader who dreams of becoming a famous actor cannot find role models that reflect her Cambodian background. Read full book review >

TEN LITTLE FINGERS, TWO SMALL HANDS by Kristy Dempsey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Lends itself nicely to follow a certain action rhyme about baking! (Picture book. 1-3)"
A diverse cast of toddlers use their hands in all different ways to eat a snack. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER NICK TAUGHT HIS CATS TO READ by Curtis Manley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Young listeners of all stripes (and species) will enjoy this warmhearted celebration of literacy and imagination. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An enthusiastic reader teaches his two cats to appreciate books, though it takes extra effort to interest one of them in the endeavor. Read full book review >
INSECTS by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Informative and appealing—but flawed. (index, websites) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
A photo essay invites young readers to explore the world of insects. Read full book review >
THE TOAD by Elise Gravel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A light dose of natural history, with occasional 'EWWW!' for flavor. (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
Having surveyed worms, spiders, flies, and head lice, Gravel continues her Disgusting Critters series with a quick hop through toad fact and fancy. Read full book review >
BEST FRINTS IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Cosmically delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Occasional disagreements and the need to mend a friendship are universal challenges. Read full book review >
THE FORGETFUL KNIGHT by Michelle Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Kids will love this quirky quest and its uproariously unreliable narrator. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A forgetful knight goes to battle against the dragon that stole his horse. Read full book review >
A UNICORN NAMED SPARKLE by Amy Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A tale about coming to love someone—or something—for who they are and not what one hopes them to be: a pleasant addition to the odd-couple shelf. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Lucy dreams of owning a unicorn, but a mail-order scam brings a one-horned, smelly goat instead—who just might be her perfect match. 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 >