LITTLE RED AND THE VERY HUNGRY LION by Alex T. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Great storytelling braided with lively color and a culturally affirming accent makes this book a real standout. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this modern reweaving of "Little Red Riding Hood" set on a modern, fanciful African savanna, readers meet a young, black Little Red who gracefully outwits the more-hungry-than-horrifying Lion. Read full book review >
STILL A GORILLA! by Kim Norman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"A must. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Why would adorable Willy want to be anything other than the gorilla he is? Read full book review >

THE KING OF KAZOO by Norm Feuti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Clever, fast-paced, and altogether great fun. (Graphic adventure. 7-12)"
A king, his daughter, and their royal inventor set out on an epic quest to locate a mysterious tunnel in a faraway mountain. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >