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 >

HUNTERS OF CHAOS by Crystal Velasquez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Here's hoping the second volume evens out the rough patches, as readers will undoubtedly be hungry for more of Ana and her friends' adventures. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Shape-shifting teenage girls work together to save the world in this contemporary fantasy. Read full book review >
UNTAMED by Anita Silvey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"A serviceable biography. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Jane Goodall, whose pioneering observations of chimpanzees in the wild changed scientific thinking about the differences between humans and apes, found a broader mission in conservation and education. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF IVY BLAKE by Ellen Airgood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"An uplifting coming-of-age story that foregrounds both the loss and the luster involved in creating an identity all one's own. (Fiction. 9-12)"
It seems like 11-year-old Ivy Blake's dreams are coming true when she is reunited with her mother, but she quickly realizes that this is not the happy ending she's been yearning for. Read full book review >
I TEXT DEAD PEOPLE by Rose Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Good, ghostly fun. (Paranormal suspense. 9-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Anna has just moved into the creepy mansion next to the cemetery and has hopes of making friends in her posh new school. Read full book review >
RED CLOUD'S WAR by Paul Goble
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2015

"An exciting tale, rousingly told. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Fighting to preserve Oglala Sioux territory northwest of Fort Laramie, in modern-day Wyoming, war chief Red Cloud routs a band of 80 soldiers in 1866. Read full book review >
DEVOTED by Jennifer Mathieu
Released: June 2, 2015

"An engaging, illuminating, but never sensationalized portrayal of one plucky teen's self-discovery and pulling away from a controlling, restrictive (and real) religious movement. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Rachel tries to be devoted to her fundamentalist Christian church, but she's finding it increasingly challenging. Read full book review >
BOOK SCAVENGER by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A debut that challenges the brain while warming the heart. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
San Francisco landmarks and their rich literary histories lead two friends on an urban quest to solve clues left behind in an Edgar Allan Poe book by publisher and Book Scavenger mastermind Garrison Griswold. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >