TIME FOR (EARTH) SCHOOL, DEWEY DEW by Leslie Staub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"ET or not, the first day of school will be ootay. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dewey Dew's first day of school might look an awful lot like most kids', though it's a pretty safe bet they aren't extraterrestrials. Read full book review >
ON THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN by Tish Rabe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis' The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol. Read full book review >

RAPPY GOES TO SCHOOL by Dan Gutman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Fans of rap and dinos will enjoy this; others may want something with more story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Following series opener Rappy the Raptor (2015), Gutman and Bowers team up again to bring readers another chapter in Rappy's life story: the first day of school. Read full book review >
BEAR'S BIG DAY by Salina Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Going to school doesn't mean leaving childhood behind; stuffed lovies have a place still. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bear may be big enough for school, but that doesn't mean he has to do everything by himself now. Read full book review >
DISOBEDIENCE SCHOOL by Kati Hites
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Winnie is sure to meet the challenge of school with the same verve she exhibits trying to teach her dog. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl works through her school nervousness by setting up Winnie's Disobedience School for her dog, whose behavior needs some work. Read full book review >

THE PEOPLE OF THE TOWN by Alan Marks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Ultimately, the uneven presentation makes this Mother Goose collection a supplemental purchase. (Picture book/nursery rhymes. 3-6)"
Over the course of one day, readers are introduced to some familiar and not-so-familiar nursery rhyme characters. Read full book review >
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 >
A ROYAL DISASTER by Lou Kuenzler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"As a story to teach girls that their proper roles are as appearance-conscious, selfless helpmates, it succeeds insidiously. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
In her awkward first year, white Princess Grace faces challenges at Tall Towers Princess Academy. Read full book review >
THE SECRET FIRE by Whitaker Ringwald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Rich in adventure and Greek mythology, and with an ending sentiment that is thoroughly wonderful, this tale is a satisfying conclusion to the series. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The third book in the middle-grade Secret Box series culminates the adventures of Jax, Ethan, and Tyler as they try to keep the magical urns of Faith, Hope, and Love from falling into the wrong hands. Read full book review >
REVENGE OF THE ROACH! by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Another 'High flyve!' for the dump's doughty defenders. (Superhero farce. 7-9)"
The mighty muscid gets some unexpected help in this rematch with his greatest foe (Super Fly, 2015). Read full book review >
IT CAME IN THE MAIL by Ben Clanton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Surprisingly, no snails included. Still, more fun than bills and junk mail. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sending mail to…a mailbox? Clever! Read full book review >
A BOY, A BALL, AND A DOG by Gianna Marino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"A glad frolic, perfect for a windy day. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A game of catch between a boy and his dog takes an unexpected turn. 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 >