PEARL'S OCEAN MAGIC by Catherine Hapka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Sinks. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Young dolphin Pearl encounters braggarts, bullies, and friends during her first day at magical dolphin school. Read full book review >
LITTLE HOME BIRD by Jo Empson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Simply lovely. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little Bird loves his cozy nest so much that, as winter approaches, he can't bear to leave it. Read full book review >

WHEN PENNY MET POTUS by Rachel Ruiz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"As a sweet, simple miniexplainer of a very specific bit of jargon, it works, and the election-year timing couldn't be better. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A common political acronym is decoded when a young girl accompanies her mother to her White House job and meets the mysterious "POTUS." Read full book review >
AND THEN... by Alborozo
by Alborozo, illustrated by Alborozo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Anxious children angered by the competing demands raised by a newborn may well relate. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's her party, but no one is paying attention to the birthday girl. Read full book review >
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 >

MICHELANGELO FOR KIDS by Simonetta Carr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Like many others in the …For Kids series, stronger for its content than the promised activities but worth it nevertheless. (Biography. 9-14)"
This substantial biography of the life and times of the great sculptor, painter, poet, and Renaissance man Michelangelo Buonarroti describes its subject's life in eight chapters. Read full book review >
OCEAN ANIMALS by Johnna Rizzo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"A child-friendly invitation to dive in. (glossary, index, picture credits, acknowledgments) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Striking photographs illustrate this collection of marine animals, a sampling of remarkable creatures that live in and around the ocean. Read full book review >
WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING by Melinda Szymanik
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Yawn. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An import from New Zealand details what happens in the waking world when one is asleep. Read full book review >
THE PEAR VIOLIN by Bingbo
by Bingbo, illustrated by Gumi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"This quiet tale's beguiling details may well draw even action-oriented children in long enough that they hear its message. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A squirrel, a pear, and a violin form the key elements in this unusual story that expresses how music can bring a community together. Read full book review >
THE COWARDLY LION by Bingbo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Sweet but not entirely successful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A Chinese import that has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz despite its title asks, will friendship help banish fear? Read full book review >
NOT BAD FOR A BAD LAD by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"A smooth story for horse-mad readers, but it's unlikely to find a much larger audience than that. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
A "bad lad" combines a passion for horses and music and makes good. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"A handy and helpful guide for any aspiring web user. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Some popular forms of online self-expression get the how-to treatment. 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 >