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A Convergence of Two Minds by Randolph R. Croxton
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 30, 2015

"A thought-provoking explanation for the origins of personality."
In this nonfiction work, Croxton argues that modern human minds succeed through the interaction of the distinctly male and female hemispheres of the brain. Read full book review >
LANDFALL by Ellen Urbani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2015

"Though the novel is occasionally unconvincing, its compassionate heart and clear eyes will surely touch some readers."
Along with the levees of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina breaks open two families of women, revealing—and creating—unexpected ties of the heart. Read full book review >

A Village in the Fields by Patty Enrado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2015

"Multilayered, empathetic, and touching account of a workingman's life."
In Enrado's debut novel, a retired Filipino farmworker looks back on his long and costly struggle for civil rights. Read full book review >
HAITIAN GRAVES by Vicki Delany
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 28, 2015

"Delany (Under Cold Stone, 2014, etc.) uses a slim and easily solved mystery to paint a thought-provoking portrait of post-quake Haiti."
A Canadian Mountie seconded to the United Nations in Haiti steps uncomfortably outside his job description. Read full book review >
ISOLATION by Mary Anna Evans
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 28, 2015

"A worthwhile addition to Faye's long-running series (Rituals, 2013, etc.) that weaves history, mystery, and psychology into a satisfying tale of greed and passion."
A mystery from the past provides just the therapy a grieving mother needs. Read full book review >

THE CARE & KEEPING OF US by Cara Natterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"For a preteen who enjoys writing her thoughts and a mom whose relationship with her daughter is already good, this well-meant offering might help ease the pair through a difficult time. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A "How-to-Say-It" package about preteen physical, emotional, and social concerns for mothers and their daughters. Read full book review >
THE SCHOLAR DENIED by Aldon D. Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"Inside baseball for sociologists."
A bid to restore a brilliant black scholar to his rightful place in the history of sociology. Read full book review >
AUGGIE & ME by R.J.  Palacio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Not only a companion to Wonder, but a wonder in itself. (Fiction. 8-14)"
In the companion novel to Wonder, (2012) three students at Beecher Prep middle school tell stories that connect with Auggie Pullman's dramatic arrival into their worlds.Read full book review >
FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE BRAINTURBO by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Halfway through the series, the science and the sly (and slapstick) laughs are still going strong. (Science fiction/humor. 6-10)"
Can kid genius Frank Einstein improve on the human body? Read full book review >
OUT OF SHAPES by Ashley G.
by Ashley G., illustrated by Ashley G.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Best when used or displayed alongside the blocks, where it might inspire young children to build their own shape-based creations. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
The basic shapes—circle (in yellow), triangle (in red), square (in blue), rectangle (in orange)—combine to form easily recognizable objects. Read full book review >
CRITTER COLORS by Ashley G.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"With so many excellent board books about color on the market, those with limited budgets can safely pass on this pale contribution to the spectrum. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
"What can you make out of colors?" is the question posed by this simple board book. Read full book review >
SPARKLING JEWEL by D.L.  Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Certain children will read anything about horses; this book relies too heavily on that fact. (Fiction. 6-8)"
When 9-year-old Tori and her 8-year-old sister, Miranda, arrive at their grandmother's Silver Pony Ranch to spend the summer, Tori is immediately smitten with Gran's new pony, Jewel. 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 >