LUCY by Randy Cecil
Kirkus Star
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A brief denouement in the final act reveals that each main character has given the others just what they needed; a clever structure and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Defying simple categorization, Cecil's 144-page illustrated narrative presents a street dog that dreams of home, a light-skinned girl who longs for companionship, and her father, a juggler who panics in front of an audience. Read full book review >
PLANTS CAN'T SIT STILL by Rebecca E. Hirsch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Excellent collaboration produced a winner: graceful, informative, and entertaining. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Double-page spreads of watercolor and collage use minimal words to describe how and why plants move. 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 >
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 >
THE SOUND OF SILENCE by Katrina Goldsaito
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An inviting tale that will stretch inquisitive and observant young minds—and may even lead children to a greater appreciation of that golden commodity, silence. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Like a Zen koan, this story draws readers' attention to silence, that vanishingly rare attribute of modern family life. Read full book review >

RETURN by Aaron Becker
Kirkus Star
by Aaron Becker, illustrated by Aaron Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A fantastic final leg to a reading journey that altered, expanded, and enriched the landscape of children's literature—and surely many young people's lives. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This breathless finale to Becker's Journey trilogy (Journey, 2013; Quest, 2014) takes readers back to the intricate interior of an alternate world where crayons wield power. Read full book review >
3 OF A KIND by Rohan Gavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A totally satisfying third round of bonding à la Knightley (you know, with kidnapping, sleuthing, disguises, and murder). (Mystery. 10-14)"
Sunblock protects Anglo pallor from the unrelenting Western sun, but it doesn't do much for fending off the Combination's villainy. Read full book review >
A MOST MAGICAL GIRL by Karen Foxlee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Deliciously complex and convincingly detailed. (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
A young Victorian girl is called to duty in a battle between witchy good and evil. Read full book review >
THE IMAGINATION BOX by Martyn Ford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A splendid adventure, hilarious and harrowing in turn and so strongly cast that even the precocious pocket primate doesn't steal the show. (Science fantasy. 11-13)"
Two young sleuths—three if you count the talking marmoset—narrowly avert worldwide disaster after a truly dangerous device and its inventor vanish suddenly. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD-BOUND OATH by Alexis E. Fajardo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"What Rick Riordan did for the Greek gods, Fajardo has done for 'Beowulf': magnificent. (character list) (Graphic fantasy. 7-13)"
"Beowulf" reimagined. Read full book review >
HUNDRED PERCENT by Karen Romano Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A lovely, lovely tale full of warmth, humor, and intelligence that validates its readership. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Two white, female best friends enter sixth grade, and their friendship becomes complicated. Read full book review >
MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Welcome, Mary! We hope to see you again. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Pinkalicious + Fancy Nancy + Eloise = Mary, the diminutive, precocious, brown-skinned queen of glam. 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 >