GIRL IN THE SHADOWS by Gwenda Bond
Released: July 5, 2016

"The characters are mere flat sketches, but with a magical circus girl who escapes from chains while dangling from a burning rope off a Ferris wheel, does it matter? (Fantasy. 13-16)"
The daughter of a famous Las Vegas magician wants an illusionist career of her own more than she wants to go to college. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"For those approaching or in the scrum of middle school, a positive reminder that the perfect middle school experience does not exist. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With age-appropriate humor and insight, veteran teacher Reynolds offers advice aimed at assisting young people as they trek through the minefield that is middle school. 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 >
THE LOST & FOUND by Katrina Leno
Released: July 5, 2016

"The plot's flawed, but it's executed by characters readers can believe in and care about. (Magical realism. 13-16)"
Two teens on opposite coasts who've bonded closely in an anonymous online therapy group for trauma victims embark with companions on cross-country road trips to meet in Austin, Texas. Read full book review >
REMIX by Non Pratt
Released: July 5, 2016

"Entertaining, witty, and often funny—but also oddly old-fashioned. (Fiction. 14-18)"
English best friends Kaz and Ruby, in post-breakup recovery mode (from Tom and Stu, respectively), head to Remix, a three-day music festival, to reboot. Read full book review >

MICHELANGELO FOR KIDS by Simonetta Carr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Like many others in the …For Kids series, stronger for its content than the promised activities but worth it nevertheless. (Biography. 9-14)"
This substantial biography of the life and times of the great sculptor, painter, poet, and Renaissance man Michelangelo Buonarroti describes its subject's life in eight chapters. Read full book review >
THE INSIDE OF OUT by Jenn Marie Thorne
Released: July 1, 2016

"A light read that overreaches in its attempts to tackle weighty issues of privilege and privacy. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Good intentions have unintended consequences in this tale of a misguided LGBTQ ally. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF THE DARK CRYSTAL by J.M. Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Fans of this first installment will be glad of the movie while waiting for the book's sequel. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A young Gelfling girl discovers hidden evils in this prequel to Jim Henson's 1982 film The Dark Crystal. Read full book review >
NINE, TEN by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: June 28, 2016

"Tense, disturbing, and thought-provoking. (author's note, acknowledgements) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Four children of diverse ethnicities, unknown to one another, are at Chicago's O'Hare airport on Sept. 9, 2001. Read full book review >
NEVER MISSING, NEVER FOUND by Amanda Panitch
Released: June 28, 2016

"A few unexpected twists and turns hold the contrivance all together for a pleasurably disturbing climax. (Thriller. 12-16)"
An abduction survivor encounters a girl who reminds her eerily of her five years as a prisoner. Read full book review >
THE WORLD FROM UP HERE by Cecilia Galante
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Galante's penned a poignant tale of self-discovery. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixth-grader Wren is besieged with worry. Read full book review >
A SEASON FOR FIREFLIES by Rebecca Maizel
Released: June 28, 2016

"Cloaked in the glow of a mysterious and almost magical influx of fireflies, it's a fresh take with a familiar feel. (Fiction. 12 -16)"
When a lightning strike robs Penny of her memory, she's given a second chance at friendship, love, and self-discovery. 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 >