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
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 >