THE SIGN OF THE CAT by Lynne Jonell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Intriguing, well-drawn characters, evocatively described settings, plenty of action, and touches of humor combine to create an utterly satisfying adventure. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The ability to communicate with cats allows young Duncan McKay to survive an abduction, rescue a lost princess, and triumph over a wily enemy. Read full book review >
IRA'S SHAKESPEARE DREAM by Glenda Armand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 15, 2015

"Shakespeare, racial discrimination, and strong doses of inspiration and determination—all in one notable life. (photograph, afterword, quotation sources, books, and websites) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
In the 1800s, an African-American boy dreamed of performing on stage and found success in Europe. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Readers looking for a clear picture of 'modern history's best-known evil ruler and murderer' or the course of World War II in general would be far better off skipping this knockoff for some of the well-chosen titles recommended at the end. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
O'Reilly reconstitutes his Killing Patton (2014) for younger audiences with a grabbier title, lightly massaged extracts from the original, and additional period photographs.Read full book review >
THE DRAGON LANTERN by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Gratz has plenty of fun with his alternate history, but returning readers will notice that the dark is definitely rising. (map) (Fantasy/steampunk. 11-13)"
The company of heroes destined to battle the immortal Mangleborn continues to assemble in a middle volume that blurs the line between the good guys and the bad further. Read full book review >
SACAJAWEA by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"The author of the justly renowned What the Neighbors Thought series digs a little deeper with these equally engaging single volumes. (source and reading lists, indexes) (Biography. 9-11)"
This brisk and pithy series kickoff highlights Sacagawea's unique contributions to the Lewis and Clark expedition. Read full book review >

THE LIGHTHOUSE OF SOULS by Ariel A. Almada
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Nevertheless, it is a rather beautiful, quiet tale and smells of the salt sea. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This Spanish import opens vertically, emphasizing the height of the titular lighthouse with each double-page spread. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF BLUEBERRIES, BROTHERS, MOOSE & ME by Sara Nickerson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Heart-rendingly unflagging in the face of life-changing events, Missy's a funny, compelling heroine that readers will cheer for. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Twelve-year-old Missy narrates a summer full of tumultuous change, from her first job to her father's remarriage. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN COCONUT AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING BANANAS by Anushka Ravishankar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Perhaps the captain's next outing will find all its elements in better sync. (Graphic mystery. 7-9)"
Part clever Sherlock Holmes, part bumbling Maxwell Smart, the turbaned Capt. Coconut is a new detective on the scene. Read full book review >
TWO FOR JOY by Gigi Amateau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"A deceptively simple, warmhearted tale, particularly apt for chapter-book readers with similar experiences or an interest in multigenerational stories. (Fiction. 7-9)"
When feisty great-aunt Britannia falls and hurts herself for the fourth time in two years, 8-year-old Jenna and her mom, a nurse, invite "Tannie" to come and live with them. Read full book review >
RAISING RUFUS by David Fulk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Readers will cheer for Martin and Rufus in this funny twist on a boy-and-his-dog story. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A frozen egg holds a surprising pet for a lonely boy. Read full book review >
CASSIDY'S GUIDE TO EVERYDAY ETIQUETTE (AND OBFUSCATION) by Sue Stauffacher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"This intermittently funny book offers likable characters, but it lacks Stauffacher's customary expert touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
To her horror, an 11-year-old tomboy prankster is forced to take an etiquette class and learn the rules of polite society. Read full book review >
SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE by Jen White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Readers familiar with Cynthia Voigt's Homecoming (1981) will recognize the gripping story arc, but for today's middle graders, the world has sadly changed. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Abandoned at a desert gas station by a mentally unbalanced parent, 12-year-old Liberty uses the animal-survival strategies she's recorded in her notebook to protect her little sister, Billie, and escape to safety. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >