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
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 >