BEFORE WE GO EXTINCT by Karen Rivers
Released: June 28, 2016

"JC's voice, spoken and unspoken, rings with a note of authenticity. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A summer with his estranged father on an island in the Pacific Northwest helps JC come to grips with his best friend's death. Read full book review >
THE TICK-TOCK MAN by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"The strongest volume yet in an enjoyable series that keeps getting better. (author's note) (Steampunk. 9-12)"
"Generations of Kennewicketts have excelled at blowing things up." Read full book review >

MS. BIXBY'S LAST DAY by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Sad and satisfying in just the right amounts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Determined to give their hospitalized teacher a worthy "last day," three sixth-grade boys skip school and persevere on an impossible quest, deepening their friendship and discovering inner courage they didn't know they had. Read full book review >
SCHOOL OF THE DEAD by Avi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Don't read this one in a dark and haunted school. (Horror. 10-14)"
In order to fulfill his dead great-uncle's wish, seventh-grader Tony begins attending the spooky, rambling, and possibly haunted Penda School. Read full book review >
THE SECRET FIRE by Whitaker Ringwald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Rich in adventure and Greek mythology, and with an ending sentiment that is thoroughly wonderful, this tale is a satisfying conclusion to the series. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The third book in the middle-grade Secret Box series culminates the adventures of Jax, Ethan, and Tyler as they try to keep the magical urns of Faith, Hope, and Love from falling into the wrong hands. Read full book review >

THE HAUNTING OF FALCON HOUSE by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Eerie and effective. (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
A "found" Russian manuscript recounts a late-19th-century haunting. Read full book review >
RISE OF THE ROBOT ARMY by Robert Venditti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"What starts as a charming story morphs rather jarringly into a questionable golden-cape tug of war between an eighth-grader and a dry old general who's mysteriously acquired a budget to create a robot army. (Adventure. 9-12)"
A frustrated eighth-grader would rather spend his days saving the world as an anointed superhero than deal with the reality of his life as a middle schooler, in this sequel to The Attack of the Alien Horde (2015). Read full book review >
THE GALLERY by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Fitzgerald balances mystery and history in a feminist narrative that invites readers to find out more. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Only Martha holds the key to a rollicking 1920s madcap mystery. Read full book review >
THE KING SLAYER by Virginia Boecker
Released: June 14, 2016

"Soapy faux-16th-century angst. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Elizabeth Grey, titular protagonist of The Witch Hunter (2015), returns, having thrown her lot in with the witches she used to persecute. Read full book review >
THE KIDNAP PLOT by Dave Butler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Reminiscent of both Pinocchio and The Great Mouse Detective, this novel is tailor-made for young readers who love adventure narratives and steampunk fiction. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Charlie Pondicherry, a Punjabi-English boy whose life revolves around his father's clock shop, experiences the world entirely through books and stories…but that is about to change. Read full book review >
LOSING GABRIEL by Lurlene McDaniel
Released: June 14, 2016

"A standard weeper. (Fiction. 13-18)"
The lives of three high schoolers become deeply entangled around the birth of a child. Read full book review >
HOW IT FEELS TO FLY by Kathryn Holmes
Released: June 14, 2016

"Less about ballet than about therapy, but interesting nevertheless. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Samantha dreams of becoming a professional ballerina like her mom, but her body is changing into one that the ballet world will not accept. 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 >