Mystery on Mount Dusk by Aleah Taylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"Readers should gladly follow this tale's young hero, whether he's facing evil spells or a typical childhood."
In this debut YA fantasy, a 10-year-old boy learns that the secret of his new hometown lies with the strange disappearances of two families centuries ago. Read full book review >
A LITTLE TASTE OF POISON by R.J.  Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"With its ornate, Regency-esque setting and intricate plot packed with mysterious twists and turns (plus a few serious themes), this sequel is part melodrama, part comedy, and all-around good fun. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to A Pocket Full of Murder (2015), Isaveth's magical invention having proved vastly profitable for Glow-Mor, the company president rewards her with a scholarship to exclusive Tarreton College, where she excels at Sagery but is snubbed by its aristocratic students. Read full book review >

SKY PIG by Jan L. Coates
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Piggie pipe dreams come to life in this agreeable book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
One little piggie dreams of flying…can it really happen? Read full book review >
VIETNAM by Russell Freedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Solid history that doesn't shy away from difficult truths and important moral and political lessons. (timeline, source notes, glossary, bibliography, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
An overview of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
PIZZA-PIE SNOWMAN by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 15, 2016

"Pizza, snow, and a talking pig: a recipe for storytime fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An intrepid pig named Pinky goes off to fetch a pizza during a snowstorm in this silly home-away-home tale. Read full book review >

THE DARKEST DARK by Chris Hadfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An uplifting, valuable addition to the 'scared of the dark' bookshelf and a must for the budding space explorer (or really, any dreamer). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Chris is afraid of the dark until he sees the Eagle land on the moon and is moved by the beauty of space. Read full book review >
CINNAMON MOON by Tess Hilmo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A good mix of history and mystery enlivened with interesting, likable characters. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
The Peshtigo Fire is the deadliest in recorded history, completely destroying the Wisconsin town and claiming as many as 2,500 lives, but it is largely forgotten because it happened on the same day as the Great Chicago Fire: Oct. 8, 1871. Read full book review >
THE GREAT AAA-OOO! by Jonny Lambert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Shout along with the animals in the forest in an entertaining who-said-it tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Who or what is making that frightful noise in the night and keeping the animals awake? Read full book review >
LIKE MAGIC by Elaine Vickers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An endlessly endearing story of three girls' pursuit of friendship and the beauty and challenge of what it means to be 10. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Grace, Jada, and Malia overcome fear and loneliness with the help of a mysterious treasure box. Read full book review >
BATCAT AND THE SEVEN SQUIRRELS by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A high-interest story with a gentle message that is sure to appeal to animal lovers. (author's note) (Fiction. 5-9)"
After he finds an orphaned baby squirrel clinging to a screen door, Nathan and his parents decide to care for the animal. Read full book review >
I'LL WAIT, MR. PANDA by Steve Antony
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Certainly young readers will find Mr. Panda funny, will be tickled at the hyperbole, and may find the idea of a huge doughnut delectable to contemplate while waiting for their own surprises. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A penguin is rewarded for patience. Read full book review >
A BIKE LIKE SERGIO'S by Maribeth Boelts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Embedded in this heartwarming story of doing the right thing is a deft examination of the pressures of income inequality on children. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Continuing from their acclaimed Those Shoes (2007), Boelts and Jones entwine conversations on money, motives, and morality. 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 >