CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"For those approaching or in the scrum of middle school, a positive reminder that the perfect middle school experience does not exist. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With age-appropriate humor and insight, veteran teacher Reynolds offers advice aimed at assisting young people as they trek through the minefield that is middle school. Read full book review >
SOAR by Tracy Edward Wymer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Like Eddie's project, not a blue-ribbon entry but a worthwhile effort. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Still grieving his father's death and determined to follow in his footsteps by also winning first place in the annual West Plains Science Symposium, seventh-grade birder Eddie Wilson searches for the golden eagle his father claimed to have seen on its migration past their small Indiana town. Read full book review >

DARA PALMER'S MAJOR DRAMA by Emma Shevah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"This funny, charismatic heroine will capture her readers' hearts. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A fifth-grader who dreams of becoming a famous actor cannot find role models that reflect her Cambodian background. Read full book review >
GOING, GOING, GONE by Nicholas O. Time
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"This series kickoff is a pleasant glimpse of popular history for graduates of the Magic Tree House. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Matt and his two friends get the chance to travel back in time to 1951 so he can try to help his grandfather become a major league baseball player. Read full book review >
LUCKY STRIKES by Louis Bayard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A grand adventure. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
"Mama died hard. You should know that." Read full book review >

NIGHT SKY WATCHER by Raman Prinja
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"An inviting and accessible introduction to a lifetime of exploration. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
A handy introduction to the visible night sky. Read full book review >
BROTHERS UNITE by Justin Larocca Hansen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Cardboard and convoluted. (Graphic adventure. 9-12)"
Secondhand items bestow magical powers upon two young brothers. Read full book review >
THE LOST & FOUND by Katrina Leno
Released: July 5, 2016

"The plot's flawed, but it's executed by characters readers can believe in and care about. (Magical realism. 13-16)"
Two teens on opposite coasts who've bonded closely in an anonymous online therapy group for trauma victims embark with companions on cross-country road trips to meet in Austin, Texas. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"A handy and helpful guide for any aspiring web user. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Some popular forms of online self-expression get the how-to treatment. Read full book review >
NOT BAD FOR A BAD LAD by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"A smooth story for horse-mad readers, but it's unlikely to find a much larger audience than that. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
A "bad lad" combines a passion for horses and music and makes good. Read full book review >
OCEAN ANIMALS by Johnna Rizzo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"A child-friendly invitation to dive in. (glossary, index, picture credits, acknowledgments) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Striking photographs illustrate this collection of marine animals, a sampling of remarkable creatures that live in and around the ocean. Read full book review >
MICHELANGELO FOR KIDS by Simonetta Carr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Like many others in the …For Kids series, stronger for its content than the promised activities but worth it nevertheless. (Biography. 9-14)"
This substantial biography of the life and times of the great sculptor, painter, poet, and Renaissance man Michelangelo Buonarroti describes its subject's life in eight chapters. 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 >