BESTSELLERS

EXTREMELY CUTE ANIMALS OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY by David Gordon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016
While readers may appreciate the messages of overcoming bullying and granting forgiveness, the story is hampered by cringe-inducing stereotypes. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
LOCKER HERO by Rachel Renée Russell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016
This spinoff is heavy on the poop jokes and light on almost everything else—readers expecting a boy Dork Diaries with equal nuance may be surprised. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)Read full book review >

THUNDER BOY JR. by Sherman Alexie
Kirkus Star
by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016
An expertly crafted, soulful, and humorous work that tenderly explores identity, culture, and the bond between father and son. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
OUR GREAT BIG BACKYARD by Laura Bush
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016
Produced to celebrate the National Park Service's upcoming centenary, a breezy invitation to prospective travelers to "get out there!" (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >
THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016
Readers who are willing to suspend disbelief will enjoy this action-packed psychological thriller. (Thriller. 12-16)Read full book review >

THE HIDDEN ORACLE by Rick Riordan

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016
A clash of mythic intrigues and centuries of pop culture to thrill die-hard and new fans alike. (glossary) (Fantasy. 12-17) Read full book review >
THE THANK YOU BOOK by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016
Thank you, Gerald and Piggie. We'll miss you. (Early reader. 5-8)Read full book review >
DEAR POPE FRANCIS by Pope Francis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016
As Spadaro writes, Pope Francis understands that "One must not complicate God, especially if this complication distances God from the people." People's Pope indeed. (Religion. 4-12)Read full book review >
RED by Liesl Shurtliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016
Fairy-tale fun with resonant depth makes for another solid outing. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016
Once again, DiCamillo demonstrates the power of simple words in a beautiful and wise tale. (Historical fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >
ARE WE THERE YET? by Dan Santat
Kirkus Star
by Dan Santat, illustrated by Dan Santat

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016
A multilayered, modern-day parable reminding readers there's no greater gift than the present. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
SPACED OUT by Stuart Gibbs

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016
Fans of the first book will find this a decent mystery but also a bit of a letdown; here's hoping things pick up again in the next volume. (Mystery. 9-14)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >