BEST FRINTS IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Cosmically delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Occasional disagreements and the need to mend a friendship are universal challenges. Read full book review >
BEAR & HARE—SHARE! by Emily Gravett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Well worth sharing. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Bear and Hare are more toddlerlike than ever. Read full book review >

LUCKY STRIKES by Louis Bayard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A grand adventure. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
"Mama died hard. You should know that." Read full book review >
DARA PALMER'S MAJOR DRAMA by Emma Shevah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"This funny, charismatic heroine will capture her readers' hearts. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A fifth-grader who dreams of becoming a famous actor cannot find role models that reflect her Cambodian background. Read full book review >
THE CLASS by Boni Ashburn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A reassuring peek that will assuage children's fears about their own first days and their classmates. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An original take on the first-day-of-school theme follows the 20 students that make up the titular kindergarten class as they get ready in the morning. Read full book review >

THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH by Claire Fayers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A robust debut, well stocked with heroic exploits, monsters, pirates, explosions, magical transformations, and life-changing adventures, and a promising series starter. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
For two young fugitives, being captured by pirates is only the first step in an epic quest for a fabled trove of gold and magic. Read full book review >
THE CRIMSON SKEW by S.E. Grove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A triumphant conclusion to a prodigious feat of storytelling. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The Mapmakers trilogy concludes with Sophia Tims still searching for her missing parents and, while she's at it, trying to prevent a cataclysmic war. Read full book review >
STICKS & STONES by Abby Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Elyse's struggles toward self-confidence will resonate with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012) and all readers learning how to be comfortable in their own skins. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Due to a rare condition called cognadjivisibilitis, anything people say about 11-year-old Elyse appears on her arms and legs—part temporary tattoo, part eczema. Read full book review >
MISSION: BACK TO SCHOOL by Susan Hood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Hood and Lundquist? Mission accomplished. And grown-ups with fledgling spies? Add some secret-agent supplies to your shopping lists. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a clever take on the back-to-school theme, Hood presents the first day of school as a secret agent's mission, with steps to complete. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Triumphant after her defeat of the Man in the titular Black Cloak in her 2015 debut, Serafina cannot rest on her laurels for long: a new, mysterious evil force has entered the woods and set its sights on the Biltmore Estate. Read full book review >
MAMÁ THE ALIEN/MAMÁ LA EXTRATERRESTRE by René Colato Laínez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"A delightful, original, clever, purposeful, multicultural alien tale. (glossary with pronunciation, author's note) (Bilingual picture book. 6-9)"
A young Latina is convinced her mother is an alien from another planet. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF THE SPIDER by Imam Baksh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Guyanese author Baksh weaves a mesmerizing web in his debut. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Mayali is a fugitive from her home world of Zolpash, which is ruled by the Spider gods and their armies, who now have plans to invade Earth—it's up to Mayali to thwart them. 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 >