YOUR PRESIDENTIAL FANTASY DREAM TEAM by Daniel O'Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"These portraits, while mightily jaundiced by the author's selectivity and perspective, do offer readers a warts-and-all look at two centuries of presidential leadership and politics. (further reading, websites, bibliography, source notes) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
Borrowing the "dream team" trope from superhero comics, O'Brien invites readers to evaluate each of 39 dead presidents (George Washington through Ronald Reagan, excepting Jimmy Carter) on his merits. Read full book review >
THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH by Claire Fayers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A robust debut, well stocked with heroic exploits, monsters, pirates, explosions, magical transformations, and life-changing adventures, and a promising series starter. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
For two young fugitives, being captured by pirates is only the first step in an epic quest for a fabled trove of gold and magic. Read full book review >

THE SIEGE by Mark Alpert
Released: July 5, 2016

"Worth reading for its unanswered questions if not for its heart. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
Adam and the other sentient, robot Pioneers return to battle evil Sigma, who targets Adam's hometown and everyone he loves by pitting the Pioneers against one another. Read full book review >
DEFENDING TAYLOR by Miranda Kenneally
Released: July 5, 2016

"Read it for Taylor's journey but not for anything deeper. (Fiction. 12-18)"
When a Tennessee senator's daughter is expelled from her posh prep school, she faces challenges at her new, public high school. Read full book review >
LOWRIDERS TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH by Cathy Camper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Satisfyingly over-the-top mayhem for all 'low and slow' fans. (Graphic fantasy. 8-13)"
The Lowriders in Space saga continues with an even crazier ride than the first. Read full book review >

A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT by Kristina McBride
Released: July 5, 2016

"Clever, taut storytelling helps to overcome bland characterization. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Hadley spends the night of her life facing two different but equally dangerous paths. Read full book review >
RESIST by Ilima Todd
Released: July 5, 2016

"Speculative fiction with a 'family values' spin. (Dystopia. 12-18)"
After surviving a harrowing accident with his beloved Nine, Theron has been Remade and is home to recover and begin his chosen Trade as a Healer. But Nine is gone—she isn't coming back, and no amount of cage fighting or buzz drinks can fill the emptiness in his life. Read full book review >
BLACK RIVER FALLS by Jeff Hirsch
Released: July 5, 2016

"While Hirsch has created what could be an exciting concept, the reality is slow-paced and anticlimactic. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Hirsch's latest (The Darkest Path, 2013, etc.) is an epidemic novel with a twist. Read full book review >
THE DRAWING LESSON by Mark Crilley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"An original and accessible way to learn to draw. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-14)"
This 144-page book delivers exactly what it promises: a graphic novel that teaches readers to draw. Read full book review >
FEATHERS by Rose Mannering
Released: July 5, 2016

"Here's hoping the last installment isn't such a quagmire of negative tropes and stereotypes. Disappointing. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A gender-bent Swan Lake retelling and sequel to Roses (2013). Read full book review >
MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES by Alison DeCamp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A high-energy romp, occasionally a bit labored but still chock-full of hilarity. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
A move from lumber camp into town only adds new hazards to older ones for a loose-lipped young, white Michigander and his recently divorced mom. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >