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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Ace Atkins
June 2, 2015

P.I. Spenser, knight-errant of the Back Bay, returns in Kickback, the latest in the iconic New York Times–bestselling series from author Ace Atkins. What started out as a joke landed 17-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges, but that’s exactly what happened. This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life. Leading the movement is tough-as-nails Judge Joe Scali, who gives speeches about getting tough on today’s wild youth. But Dillon’s mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn’t buying Scali’s line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing. “It’s great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life,” our reviewer writes. View video >