WHO WANTS A TORTOISE? by Dave Keane
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"A sweet read-aloud for first-time tortoise owners. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A nameless, pigtailed, sassy child in a pink gossamer skirt wants only one birthday present: a puppy; in the box, however, is not a puppy but a tortoise. Read full book review >
THE NOT SO QUIET LIBRARY by Zachariah OHora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Lively, detailed, endearing, and bold, the images and text create an unforgettable reading experience for book digesters everywhere. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Saturday is library day, and Dad is bungee-cording a warehouse worth of books to the roof of his already jam-packed car. The first stop, however, is the bakery, as "a day of quiet exploration requires a proper breakfast." Read full book review >

COYOTE MOON by Maria Gianferrari
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"'Yip-yip-yip-yip!' indeed, for this sympathetic portrayal of a not-often-celebrated creature who shares our world. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
By the light of the moon, a coyote quietly prowls through a suburban neighborhood, hunting for food for her family. Read full book review >
MAMÁ THE ALIEN/MAMÁ LA EXTRATERRESTRE by René Colato Laínez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A delightful, original, clever, purposeful, multicultural alien tale. (glossary with pronunciation, author's note) (Bilingual picture book. 6-9)"
A young Latina is convinced her mother is an alien from another planet. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF THE SPIDER by Imam Baksh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Guyanese author Baksh weaves a mesmerizing web in his debut. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Mayali is a fugitive from her home world of Zolpash, which is ruled by the Spider gods and their armies, who now have plans to invade Earth—it's up to Mayali to thwart them. Read full book review >

THE CRIMSON SKEW by S.E. Grove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A triumphant conclusion to a prodigious feat of storytelling. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The Mapmakers trilogy concludes with Sophia Tims still searching for her missing parents and, while she's at it, trying to prevent a cataclysmic war. Read full book review >
MISSION: BACK TO SCHOOL by Susan Hood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Hood and Lundquist? Mission accomplished. And grown-ups with fledgling spies? Add some secret-agent supplies to your shopping lists. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a clever take on the back-to-school theme, Hood presents the first day of school as a secret agent's mission, with steps to complete. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Triumphant after her defeat of the Man in the titular Black Cloak in her 2015 debut, Serafina cannot rest on her laurels for long: a new, mysterious evil force has entered the woods and set its sights on the Biltmore Estate. Read full book review >
STICKS & STONES by Abby Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Elyse's struggles toward self-confidence will resonate with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012) and all readers learning how to be comfortable in their own skins. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Due to a rare condition called cognadjivisibilitis, anything people say about 11-year-old Elyse appears on her arms and legs—part temporary tattoo, part eczema. Read full book review >
LUCKY STRIKES by Louis Bayard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A grand adventure. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
"Mama died hard. You should know that." Read full book review >
BEAR & HARE—SHARE! by Emily Gravett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Well worth sharing. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Bear and Hare are more toddlerlike than ever. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >