THE BEAST IN MY BELLY by Grzegorz Kasdepke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2015

"An amusing take on a universal human experience, one that should strike giggling chords among its readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
At first alarmed by the "beast in her belly," a little girl eventually makes peace with it in this very short chapter book. Read full book review >
ANNA, BANANA, AND THE MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE by Anica Mrose Rissi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Readers should find this gentle conflict easy to relate to. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Following Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split (2015), Anna must iron out the friendship wrinkles created when her duo becomes a trio. Read full book review >

MAD SCIENTIST ACADEMY by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mad fun. (Graphic science fantasy. 7-9)"
An informative but hair-raising tour of a rather-too-realistic dinosaur exhibit gives six new students a memorable first day at Mad Scientist Academy. Read full book review >
I'M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both arachnophobes and arachnophiles will find useful debate fodder squashed within these pages. (Picture book. 3-12)"
What if "trying" not to hate spiders doesn't quite cut it? Read full book review >
SECRETS OF SELKIE BAY by Shelley Moore Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though the book is not without flaws, readers looking for a strong main character or intrigued by Celtic folklore will find much to enjoy. (Mystery. 8-12)"
When your mum's gone and your da doesn't know when she's coming back, someone must keep the family together. It is up to young Cordie, even if she must lie to do so. Read full book review >

THE IRE OF IRON CLAW by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"The swift pace, quirky humor, and general steampunkery should hold the interest of readers—especially the mechanically and electronically inclined. (Steampunk. 9-12)"
In series opener The Mesmer Menace (2014), the Kennewickett clan foiled the world-conquering plans of the evil pigeon Iron Claw and mesmerizing magician Madini, but recent acts of sabotage at the Automated Inn suggest the dastardly duo have returned to commit more mayhem. Read full book review >
FOULSHAM by Edward Carey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A story wondrous fine, full of terrors and marvels. (Horror. 11 & up)"
The middle volume of the Iremonger trilogy escalates in both suspense and strangeness. Read full book review >
DORY AND THE REAL TRUE FRIEND by Abby Hanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Old friends and new will hope this highly successful sequel will not be the last starring this inventive, original child. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Who will be 6-year-old Dory's friend at school if she doesn't take Mary the monster with her? Read full book review >
THE TOMB ROBBER AND KING TUT by Sarah Gauch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"An intriguing glimpse of this renowned archaeological find. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A young boy has a close-up view of Howard Carter's discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM BAXTERS' BARN by Rebecca Bond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Ironically, by choosing such a dramatic catalyst, the author weakens the adventure's impact overall and leaves readers to ponder the awkward coincidences that propel the plot. (Animal fantasy. 8-10)"
A group of talking farm animals catches wind of the farm owner's intention to burn the barn (with them in it) for insurance money and hatches a plan to flee. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CUPCAKE! by Terry Border
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Preschoolers will be delighted with the visual mayhem, although parents may cringe at the quantity of junk food depicted. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Using similar photographic treatment and subject matter developed in his earlier picture book, Peanut Butter and Cupcake (2014), Border follows the journey of the eponymous heroine in her search for the perfectly themed birthday party. Read full book review >
R IS FOR ROCKET by Tad Hills
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though this lacks the originality and fizz of How Rocket Learned to Read (2010), it nevertheless reinforces the pup's positive literacy efforts. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Adorable Rocket the dog and his many pals (including a moonlighting Goose) return in a new story centered on the alphabet. 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 >