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 PRIZEWINNERS OF PIEDMONT PLACE by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"The hero is really the entire family in this somewhat labored but cockle-warming series kickoff. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Eleven-year-old Cal resorts to extreme measures to rope his reluctant family into taking a chance to win a shopping spree in the local megastore. 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 >
A NEW CLASS by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Typical middle school experiences for young Padawans, featuring crushes, quizzes, and food fights highlighted by a climactic lightsaber duel in the hallway. (Graphic science fiction. 8-12)"
A midterm transfer to the Jedi Academy campus on Coruscant not only supercharges Victor Starspeeder's dreams of becoming a Jedi Knight, but teaches him how to tell bad friends from good. Read full book review >

PRINCESS EASY PLEASY by Natasha Sharma
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"A lighthearted suggestion that 'When in Rome…' is a salutary approach anywhere in the world. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A comically misnamed Indian princess ruins a series of family vacations. Read full book review >
BIRDIE'S HAPPIEST HALLOWEEN by Sujean Rim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Yes, readers, you too can be whatever you want, for Halloween and in life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Birdie can't decide what she would like to be for Halloween, a trip to the art museum is inspirational. Read full book review >
MAX AND RUBY'S PRESCHOOL PRANKS by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"The science project adds an unusual wrinkle to this primer for incoming nursery schoolers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Even when most of the "students" are plush, playroom preschool isn't always going to be an orderly environment. Read full book review >
CAT'S COLORS by Airlie Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Gentle and charming. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A cat walks through a gray landscape, collecting colors for a surprise project. Read full book review >
BEDTIME FOR BATMAN by Michael Dahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This should send Dark Knight fans flying to the Batcave—or the bedroom. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Holy bedtime, Batman! 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 >
SAVED BY THE BOATS by Julie Gassman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This accessible, fact-based account of the boat evacuations that took place on 9/11 puts faces on some of the many heroes who stepped forward to help in a time of crisis. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Meet some unsung heroes of the sea. 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 >