MS. BIXBY'S LAST DAY by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Sad and satisfying in just the right amounts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Determined to give their hospitalized teacher a worthy "last day," three sixth-grade boys skip school and persevere on an impossible quest, deepening their friendship and discovering inner courage they didn't know they had. Read full book review >
CITY SHAPES by Diana Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"A visual feast of cityscape shapes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rhyming text and brilliant multimedia collage combine to follow a girl's journey through her beloved city. Read full book review >

CODY HARMON, KING OF PETS by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Another winner from Mills, equally well suited to reading aloud and independent reading. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When Franklin School principal Mr. Boone announces a pet-show fundraiser, white third-grader Cody—whose lack of skill and interest in academics is matched by keen enthusiasm for and knowledge of animals—discovers his time to shine. Read full book review >
STRONG AS A BEAR by Katrin Stangl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"A celebration of expression—in both senses of the word. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This German import employs fresh and familiar similes to examine the varied behaviors children exhibit throughout a day. Read full book review >
THE HAUNTING OF FALCON HOUSE by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Eerie and effective. (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
A "found" Russian manuscript recounts a late-19th-century haunting. Read full book review >

FRANK AND LUCKY GET SCHOOLED by Lynne Rae Perkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"As with Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's Math Curse (1995), this book should open readers' eyes to the learning all around them. Of course, if they have learning companions like Lucky, so much the better. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When an unlucky boy and a lost dog find each other, their friendship leads to a lot of learning. Read full book review >
NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON'T by Silvia Borando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Artistic simplicity and visual play spark unfettered fun in this charming little book. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An engaging treat for keen-eyed readers, Borando's latest wordless concept book is a visual delight. Read full book review >
WITH ANY LUCK I'LL DRIVE A TRUCK by David Friend
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Lucky indeed are the kids who get to indulge in this splendid little wish-fulfillment daydream. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A delightful ode to trucks goes above and beyond the usual churning, wrecking, and pounding. Read full book review >
THE GREAT WHITE SHARK SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"This appreciative introduction to a much-maligned species will thrill readers while it encourages them to see great white sharks in a new way. (maps, bibliography, Web resources, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
"They're laid back. They're calm. They're beautiful." Read full book review >
BRING ME A ROCK! by Daniel Miyares
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Beautifully executed art, expressive bugs, and spare but pointed—arguably Marxist—text create a tale for all ages. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The smallest bug's contribution to the demands of the grasshopper king is at first spurned, but the little bug eventually prevails in more ways than one. Read full book review >
EVERY SINGLE SECOND by Tricia  Springstubb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"With an engaging protagonist, a fast-moving story, important themes subtly conveyed, and touches of humor, this is a richly layered story that will have wide appeal. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Nella's worldview widens amid a tangle of emotions in this coming-of-age exploration of time and change. Read full book review >
GRAYLING'S SONG by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite her self-doubt, Grayling is cut from the same cloth as the author's other sturdy heroines, but she is also an entirely original and endearing character that readers will cheer on as she seeks to save her mother and return her world to rights. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A timid young girl must venture out into the wider world in an effort to find allies and save her mother from malignant magic. 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 >