THE BLUE WHALE by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 27, 2015

"Still, whale lovers will breach with happiness over this rich, artful mix of fact and frolic. (map) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
With playful observations and comparisons, Desmond presents a fount of information about "the largest living creature on our planet." Read full book review >
FRANCISCO'S KITES / LAS COMETAS DE FRANCISCO by Alicia Z. Klepeis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2015

"Francisco's transformation from pensive newcomer to entrepreneurial kite master is inspiring and well-detailed in this successful slice of life. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A resourceful boy in a new town discovers a talent for giving old scraps flight in this immigrant's story. Read full book review >

SOFI AND THE MAGIC, MUSICAL MURAL / SOFI Y EL MÁGICO MURAL MUSICAL by Raquel M. Ortiz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2015

"Overall, this serves more as an overt endorsement for public art than a fully engaging and nuanced story for children. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-8)"
Young Sofía walks to the bodega near her apartment to buy milk for her mom. From the sidewalk, she becomes entranced by a vibrant public mural that celebrates Puerto Rican culture. Read full book review >
RUFFER'S BIRTHDAY PARTY by Soon-jae Shin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"This fails to either ask kids to do the math or truly entertain. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl and her talking dog use addition and subtraction to plan a birthday party in this Korean import. Read full book review >
LAUNCH A ROCKET INTO SPACE by Hilary Koll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Simple amusement and simple instruction add up to a winning combination. (index) (Graphic nonfiction. 7-14)"
Koll and Mills explore how numbers help us get into outer space. Read full book review >

WHAT'S THE TIME, WILFRED WOLF?  by Jessica Barrah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Not the best teaching tool, though it does address aspects of time often left out of other books on time-telling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Oh, the problems you can have when you can't tell time! Read full book review >
ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Pretty. Pretty forgettable too. (Pop-up picture book. 7-9)"
An abbreviated if recognizable version of the classic, with fine-lined illustrations augmented by a set of pull-up minivistas. Read full book review >
CINDERELLA by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"The whole is attractive visually but seems far more like the kind of gift book adults like to give to one another than a version that children might enjoy. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-9)"
A "Cinderella" retelling illustrated in a combination of cutaway silhouettes and painted pages. Read full book review >
EVA AND SADIE AND THE BEST CLASSROOM EVER! by Jeff Cohen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Cohen uses tongue-in-cheek humor to slyly point out to kids that not everything they are told about school is true; here's hoping they will take his message to heart. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An older sister is determined to make sure her little sis is ready for kindergarten…even if it kills her. Read full book review >
GOOSE GOES TO SCHOOL by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"What adventures will Sophie and Goose have next? (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sophie and her friend Goose are again parted, this time for Sophie's first day of school, but just as in their first outing, Goose (2015), they aren't separated for long.Read full book review >
GOLEMCHIK by William Exley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Though this effort has some eerie moments, it's too abbreviated to offer more than sketches of plot or character. (Graphic short story. 7-9)"
A boy's dull summer turns exciting, to say the least, when he acquires a large and temperamental companion in this entry in a new series of graphic short stories. Read full book review >
THE DREADED OGRESS OF THE TUNDRA by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"As monsters go, the amautalik is a satisfyingly disgusting and scary one, and this introduction should appeal to a broad range of middle-grade readers. (Folklore. 8-12)"
Among the perils of the Arctic is the amautalik, a terrifying, child-snatching ogress.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >