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 >
GABE AND GOON by Iza Trapani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A familiar message, but also a crucial and timely one, charmingly presented. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Could the sleeping child and the monster in the closet possibly become best friends? Read full book review >
NIGHT SKY WATCHER by Raman Prinja
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"An inviting and accessible introduction to a lifetime of exploration. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
A handy introduction to the visible night sky. Read full book review >
THE DRAWING LESSON by Mark Crilley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"An original and accessible way to learn to draw. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-14)"
This 144-page book delivers exactly what it promises: a graphic novel that teaches readers to draw. Read full book review >
BROTHERS UNITE by Justin Larocca Hansen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Cardboard and convoluted. (Graphic adventure. 9-12)"
Secondhand items bestow magical powers upon two young brothers. 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 >