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 >
MAYA ANGELOU by Lisbeth Kaiser
by Lisbeth Kaiser, illustrated by Leire Salaberria, translated by Raquel Pitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Stirring encouragement for all 'little people' with 'big dreams.' (Picture book/biography. 5-7)"
"There's nothing I can't be," young Maya thinks, and then shows, in this profile for newly independent readers, imported from Spain. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Simplistic at best, misleading at worst, and addressed mostly to grown-ups, notwithstanding the picture-book format. (select print and web resources) (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Two clinical child psychologists reinterpret a dozen childhood minirebellions as requests for information on topics from bathing and bedwetting to the titular veggies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >