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THE MEMORY BOOK by Lara  Avery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2016

"Indelible. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A high school valedictorian with big plans to flee her small town gets a degenerative genetic disease. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 22, 2016

"An elucidating, nuanced study of gender and feminist dynamics perfect for our current political moment."
A timely study of gender and media that reaches back before the present American election to earlier delineations of white manhood and presidential power. Read full book review >

NORTH FORK by Wayne M. Johnston
Released: July 22, 2016

"Overall, the tripartite narration works well to deliver a suspenseful story. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Kristen disappears one night, her absence leaves a gap that affects everyone, especially two people her own age. Read full book review >
THE MONSTER'S DAUGHTER by Michelle Pretorius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"A promising effort that gets buried under the weight of the past."
A young police officer in modern South Africa investigates a murder with deep roots in the past in Pretorius' debut mystery. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: July 19, 2016

"A successful and detailed guide to using mindfulness to heal and redirect negative emotions."
In this self-improvement title, Heitler (The Power of Two Workbook: Communication Skills for A Strong & Loving Marriage, 2003, etc.) explores several major psychological problems, including anger, fear, anxiety, and addictive behaviors. Read full book review >

FEROCIOUS FLUFFITY by Erica S. Perl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Another crowd pleaser from the creators of Chicken Butt! (2009). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A pet hamster comes to Room 2-D: So cute! So fluffy! So…toothy. Read full book review >
OUTFOXED by David Rosenfelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Perhaps the weakest outing for Rosenfelt, who cuts back and forth between his ebullient hero and the nefarious criminals arrayed against him as if waiting in vain for mystery and suspense to break out. There's not even much about dogs."
Dog-loving, work-averse New Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter (Who Let the Dog Out?, 2015, etc.) is dragged back into the courtroom to defend a client who escapes from a minimum security prison hours after hearing that he'll certainly be paroled. Read full book review >
COYOTE MOON by Maria Gianferrari
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"'Yip-yip-yip-yip!' indeed, for this sympathetic portrayal of a not-often-celebrated creature who shares our world. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
By the light of the moon, a coyote quietly prowls through a suburban neighborhood, hunting for food for her family. Read full book review >
SOVEREIGNTY by Anjenique Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"A well-crafted thriller that offers both a warning and hope for the future."
A dystopian sci-fi YA novel about a teenager whose unexpected discoveries hold the promise of a revolution against a totalitarian regime. Read full book review >
REVOLVER by Duane Swierczynski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Though this novel is dotted with fine details, its ambitious structure gets in the way of narrative momentum."
The murder of two policeman in mid-1960s Philadelphia has reverberations for successive generations of cops in Swierczynski's latest thriller (Canary, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
YOU'RE THE ONE I WANT by Shane Allison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Overwrought, overdramatic, overwritten, underedited."
A husband's twin brother and his wife's best friend will go to any lengths to break up the couple. Read full book review >
THE BANDIT OF BARBEL BAY by Sam Bosma
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Fans will be breathing down Bosma's neck for the third. (Graphic fantasy. 12-18)"
Just as its predecessor, Fantasy Sports, Vol. 1, did, this manga-inspired volume features Wiz-Kid, a brown-skinned young female wizard apprentice, and Mug, a barbarous tomb raider. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >