DEAR OPL by Shelley Sackier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"By the story's conclusion, readers will be happy they traveled with Opal on her journey to self-acceptance. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the two years since her father's death from cancer, Opal's life has gone awry. Read full book review >
CHASING SECRETS by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A solid story of friendship, mystery, and one girl's perseverance, in which a health scare and its rumors mirror today's epidemics. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
Infected rats and San Francisco's dark past at the turn of the 20th century come to light in Newbery Honoree Choldenko's (Al Capone Does My Shirts, 2004, etc.) look into an outbreak of bubonic plague.Read full book review >

TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE by Stephanie Tromly
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Despite some flaws, an offbeat and entertaining caper. (Mystery. 13-18)"
A jaded teen's life takes an exciting turn after a new friend ropes her into his investigation of a local kidnapping. Read full book review >
COLD WAR ON MAPLEWOOD STREET by Gayle Rosengren
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A pleasant-enough story about a moment in history rarely captured in literature, this book doesn't rise above the ordinary. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The Cuban missile crisis disrupts a Chicago girl's life. Read full book review >
FINDING SOMEPLACE by Denise Lewis Patrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A perfect storm of suspense and fine character building. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Anticipation, fear, excitement, and dread coalesce as a girl's 13th birthday collides with a terrible force of nature: Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >

THE SHADOW OF SETH by Tom Llewellyn
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Read this mystery more for its local interest than its plot. (Mystery. 12-17)"
Old friends become suspects when a working-class Tacoma teen investigates his mother's murder. Read full book review >
CLIMBING EVEREST by Gail Herman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine choice for both young and older, less-skilled readers. (Nonfiction. 7-14)"
Edmund Hillary is generally recognized as the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest; his Nepalese climbing partner, Tenzing Norgay, has received far less attention. Read full book review >
THE GIRL AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD by Austin Aslan
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Exciting and fast-paced entertainment with a thoughtful subtext asking readers to ponder the interconnectedness of life on a fragile planet. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
This sequel to The Islands at the End of the World (2014) finds Leilani reunited with her family on Hawaii's Big Island as humanity slowly adapts to the new, post-apocalyptic normal.Read full book review >
STICK by Michael Harmon
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Engaging and uplifting. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In this new football novel, a nerdy superhero and a clueless sports star demonstrate that all the play-by-play that really matters is mostly off the field. Read full book review >
FIELD TRIP by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Readers who enjoyed the first will want to share this trip as well, but fresh ideas are needed if there's to be a third journey. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A boy, a dad, two dogs, and a much-needed field trip. Read full book review >
GHOSTLIGHT by Sonia Gensler
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Frightening and engrossing. (Horror. 10-14)"
A preteen girl and her newfound friend investigate paranormal activity on her grandmother's farm. Read full book review >
HUNT FOR THE PYXIS by Zoë Ferraris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Though the book is admittedly rousing, readers are better off setting sail on Jason Fry's Curse of the Iris (2014) than on this confusing, tepid star-sea journey. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
The "space pirate" genre turns oddly literal in this first book in a series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >