NEXT ROUND by John Spray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Readers will marvel at Biyarslanov's resilience and pluck. (Biography. 10-14)"
No one chooses to be a refugee from a war-torn homeland, but if that is the hand you are dealt, try Arthur Biyarslanov's approach. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF THE SPIDER by Imam Baksh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Guyanese author Baksh weaves a mesmerizing web in his debut. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Mayali is a fugitive from her home world of Zolpash, which is ruled by the Spider gods and their armies, who now have plans to invade Earth—it's up to Mayali to thwart them. Read full book review >

GROVER CLEVELAND, AGAIN! by Ken Burns
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A buoyant gallery, up to date, handsomely framed, and, in this particular election year, timely too. (glossary, list of historic sites) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
Humanizing portraits of the 43 men who have served as president of the United States. Read full book review >
THE MONSTER WAR by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A fitting capstone to an epic adventure replete with monsters, huge explosions, clever twists, and just deserts. (map) (Steampunk. 11-13)"
Seven young heroes, together at last and diverse in many ways, tackle armies of monsters as well as a cycle of warfare that has turned for thousands of years. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Triumphant after her defeat of the Man in the titular Black Cloak in her 2015 debut, Serafina cannot rest on her laurels for long: a new, mysterious evil force has entered the woods and set its sights on the Biltmore Estate. Read full book review >

STICKS & STONES by Abby Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Elyse's struggles toward self-confidence will resonate with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012) and all readers learning how to be comfortable in their own skins. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Due to a rare condition called cognadjivisibilitis, anything people say about 11-year-old Elyse appears on her arms and legs—part temporary tattoo, part eczema. Read full book review >
THIS IS NOT THE ABBY SHOW by Debbie Reed Fischer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Fischer's spunky and introspective protagonist offers a sympathetic mirror for many kids, both boys and girls. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Abby's plans for summer quickly unravel when she learns she needs to attend summer school after failing English. Read full book review >
TOWERS FALLING by Jewell Parker Rhodes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"This tender retelling of tragedy is a solid vessel to help young readers understand the gravity of 9/11 and how it touches all Americans, no matter where we come from. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dèja Barnes doesn't want to stand out at the integrated Brooklyn Collective Elementary, and she wishes her family could move out of the Avalon Family Residence into a home; despite her fears, Dèja tackles new friendships, a new teacher, and the mystery behind her father's deep sadness. Read full book review >
THE INSIDE JOB by Jackson Pearce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Wacky and action-packed. (Thriller. 9-12)"
After leaving the evil spy organization they were raised in, 12-year-old Hale and his younger sister, Kennedy, are determined to bring down the nefarious Sub Rosa Society, find their MIA parents, and save the world. Read full book review >
THE TREASURE OF MARIA MAMOUN by Michelle Chalfoun
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"The plot mechanics may not hold up to scrutiny, but the puzzles are clever, and Maria's adventures are genuinely thrilling; that sort of storytelling never gets old. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's hard to explain why this book feels quite as old-fashioned as it does. Read full book review >
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"An engaging, feel-good novel about elementary school life. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Following series opener A Whole New Ballgame (2015), this second installment of the Rip and Red series finds the eponymous fifth-graders feeling pretty good about the year…until a new girl turns their world upside down. Read full book review >
TEDDYCATS by Mike Storey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Intriguing if somewhat formulaic. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When one young Teddycat's selfish decision exposes his whole rain forest community, he risks everything to save those he loves. 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 >