Five questions for Varian Johnson
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson, Scholastic/Levine, 12–16 years.
Skies Like These by Tess Hilmo, Farrar, 10–13 years.
Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chicken by Julie Mata, Hyperion, 10–13 years.
I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora, Roaring Brook, 12–16 years.
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemier, Knopf, 12–16 years.
Dog days of summer
Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend by Karen Stanton, Feiwel, 3–6 years.
Dog vs. Cat by Chris Gall, Little, Brown, 3–6 years.
Sparky! written by Jenny Offill, illus. by Chris Applehans, Random/Schwartz & Wade, 3–6 years.
Norman, Speak! written by Caroline Adderson, illus. by Qin Leng, Groundwood, 4–7 years.
Science in your backyard
Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey written by Loree Griffin Burns, photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz, Millbrook, 6–9 years.
Feathers: Not Just for Flying written by Melissa Stewart, illus. by Sarah S. Brannen, Charlesbridge, 6–9 years.
Plant a Pocket of a Prairie written by Phyllis Root, Betsy Bowen Minnesota, 6–9 years.
Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature written by Sarah C. Campbell, photographs by Sarah C. and Richard P. Campbell, Boyds Mills, 6–9 years.
YA dragons and witches
Half Bad by Sally Green, Viking, 12–16 years.
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff, Penguin/Razorbill, 12–16 years.
A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn, Houghton, 12–16 years.
Talker 25 by Joshua McCune, Greenwillow, 14–17 years.
These titles were featured in the July 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book.