FIRESTORMERS by Carl Bowen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"When the smoke clears, a group of characters emerges deserving a unique and universal respect. (Adventure. 9-13)"
An elite troop of wildfire fighters drops in on an inferno with a lieutenant on his first command. Read full book review >
THE INSIDE OF OUT by Jenn Marie Thorne
Released: July 1, 2016

"A light read that overreaches in its attempts to tackle weighty issues of privilege and privacy. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Good intentions have unintended consequences in this tale of a misguided LGBTQ ally. Read full book review >

COMPASS SOUTH by Hope Larson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Complex, engaging, and sure to please a wide audience. (Graphic historical adventure. 8-13)"
Two sets of twins find themselves pursued by gangs and pirates on a swashbuckling sea adventure. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF THE DARK CRYSTAL by J.M. Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Fans of this first installment will be glad of the movie while waiting for the book's sequel. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A young Gelfling girl discovers hidden evils in this prequel to Jim Henson's 1982 film The Dark Crystal. Read full book review >
NINE, TEN by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: June 28, 2016

"Tense, disturbing, and thought-provoking. (author's note, acknowledgements) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Four children of diverse ethnicities, unknown to one another, are at Chicago's O'Hare airport on Sept. 9, 2001. Read full book review >

THE DISTANCE TO HOME by Jenn Bishop
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"The life-and-death themes are thought-provoking, but readers may love the book even more for its many digressions. (baseball glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Baseball, both minor league and Little League, forms the throughline for this exploration of grief. Read full book review >
NEVER MISSING, NEVER FOUND by Amanda Panitch
Released: June 28, 2016

"A few unexpected twists and turns hold the contrivance all together for a pleasurably disturbing climax. (Thriller. 12-16)"
An abduction survivor encounters a girl who reminds her eerily of her five years as a prisoner. Read full book review >
THE WORLD FROM UP HERE by Cecilia Galante
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Galante's penned a poignant tale of self-discovery. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixth-grader Wren is besieged with worry. Read full book review >
A SEASON FOR FIREFLIES by Rebecca Maizel
Released: June 28, 2016

"Cloaked in the glow of a mysterious and almost magical influx of fireflies, it's a fresh take with a familiar feel. (Fiction. 12 -16)"
When a lightning strike robs Penny of her memory, she's given a second chance at friendship, love, and self-discovery. Read full book review >
WINNING by Lara Deloza
Released: June 28, 2016

"A queen bee and her hive, dissected. (Chick lit. 12-18)"
Alexandra has one goal: becoming Miss America, a goal her mother could not reach. First, however, Alexandra has to win Homecoming Queen. Read full book review >
MISCHIEF AT MIDNIGHT by Esme Kerr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Mildly mysterious but not quite suspenseful. (Mystery. 11-14)"
Following The Girl with the Glass Bird (2015), orphan Edie solves another mystery at her English boarding school. Read full book review >
NIGHTMARE ESCAPE by Greg Grunberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A fine series kickoff, with the potential to tread some fresher ground in coming installments. (Graphic adventure. 8-12)"
When the people Ben sees in his frequent nightmares turn out to be real people lulled from the waking world by a dream monster, he has to learn to navigate his dream world and save them. 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 >