GILDA JOYCE by Jennifer Allison
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Offbeat and spine-chilling. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Irrepressible Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator, is at it again. Read full book review >
THE AURORA COUNTY ALL-STARS by Deborah Wiles
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Although some characters appeared in previous novels, this one stands on its own, and with each iteration Aurora County becomes more real. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In Aurora County, Miss., only one baseball game matters: the annual contest between the All-Stars and the Raleigh Redbugs, scheduled this year at the same time as the once-in-a-lifetime pageant celebrating Aurora County's. Read full book review >

NUMBER 8 by Anna Fienberg
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The suspense builds toward a gripping climax, followed by a gratifying rock-and-roll wrap-up. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Excellent characterization and a touching friendship mark this appealing Australian thriller. Read full book review >
ROBOT DREAMS by Sara Varon
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Witty and plaintive by turns, this is thoughtful, provocative pleasure. (Graphic novel. 8-14)"
A wordless graphic novel provides a plangent meditation on the nature of friendship. Read full book review >
THE TRAIN JUMPER by Don Brown
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"A good companion to Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust (1997) or Russell Freedman's Children of the Great Depression (2006). (afterword) (Fiction. 10-14)"
When the Great Depression hits, Ed "Collie" Collier's father has died, his brother leaves home and the family has fallen apart. Read full book review >

FIRE FROM THE ROCK by Sharon M. Draper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Compelling. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
Sylvia is completing her last year of middle school, and she's excited about going to the local high school with all her friends. Read full book review >
SEEING REDD by Frank Beddor
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"More original than the first—although Beddor still couldn't resist the urge to 'borrow' the now-famous bar scene from the first Star Wars movie—this comes to a satisfying cliffhanger that leaves the reader looking for more. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Beddor's introduction to The Looking Glass Wars (2006) dealt with the return of Princess Alyss to take her rightful place as Queen of Wonderland, expelling her evil Aunt Redd from the usurped throne. Read full book review >
REVOLUTION IS NOT A DINNER PARTY by Ying Chang Compestine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Certain to inspire discussion about freedom and justice. (author's note, historical background) (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1972 China, and nine-year-old Ling is the child of two doctors. Read full book review >
BONE BY BONE BY BONE by Tony Johnston
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Even with scanty plot or narrative arc, this is a highly appealing and chilling read for history buffs and fans of historical fiction. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
In 1951, 12-year-old David lives with his father and grandmother in the South. Read full book review >
JINX by Meg Cabot
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"While too-perfect Jinx isn't as compelling as Cabot's usual heroines, the fluffy gothic romance will keep her readers happy. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Iowa preacher's daughter Jean (known universally as Jinx) has been shipped off to rich Manhattan cousins. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: July 24, 2007

"Darkly resonant. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
This double-narrative fantasy begins slowly but deepens into a potent and affecting story of struggle. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: July 24, 2007

"A delightful collaboration. (Graphic fiction. 10-14)"
To-do lists, instant messages, Post-it notes, report cards, newspaper clippings, school assignments, letters and notes-to-self graphically tell the story of Ginny's seventh-grade year. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >