RISE OF THE ROBOT ARMY by Robert Venditti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"What starts as a charming story morphs rather jarringly into a questionable golden-cape tug of war between an eighth-grader and a dry old general who's mysteriously acquired a budget to create a robot army. (Adventure. 9-12)"
A frustrated eighth-grader would rather spend his days saving the world as an anointed superhero than deal with the reality of his life as a middle schooler, in this sequel to The Attack of the Alien Horde (2015). Read full book review >
THE GALLERY by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Fitzgerald balances mystery and history in a feminist narrative that invites readers to find out more. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Only Martha holds the key to a rollicking 1920s madcap mystery. Read full book review >

THE KIDNAP PLOT by Dave Butler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Reminiscent of both Pinocchio and The Great Mouse Detective, this novel is tailor-made for young readers who love adventure narratives and steampunk fiction. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Charlie Pondicherry, a Punjabi-English boy whose life revolves around his father's clock shop, experiences the world entirely through books and stories…but that is about to change. Read full book review >
THE BALLAD OF A BROKEN NOSE by Arne Svingen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Lovely and profound. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A boy in a small Norwegian city comes into his own socially and artistically in this import. Read full book review >
THE GATHERING STORM by H.K. Varian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"A fresh look at a familiar concept, with a consciously diverse approach. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Makoto "Mack" Kimura is suitably skeptical when his seventh-period independent study is revealed as training for Changers, or shape-shifters. Read full book review >

PROJECT (UN)POPULAR by Kristen Tracy
Released: June 14, 2016

"(Un)successful. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When Anya, the stylish and popular yearbook editor, insists that all of the photos feature Rocky Mount Middle School's most popular students, best friends Perry and Venice are determined to make sure the yearbook is for everyone, not just the beautiful people. Read full book review >
CODY HARMON, KING OF PETS by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Another winner from Mills, equally well suited to reading aloud and independent reading. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When Franklin School principal Mr. Boone announces a pet-show fundraiser, white third-grader Cody—whose lack of skill and interest in academics is matched by keen enthusiasm for and knowledge of animals—discovers his time to shine. Read full book review >
THE IT GIRL by Katy Birchall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Funny and frothy. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A zany British trifle about middle school popularity. Read full book review >
THE RIGHT TRACK by Harmony Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Romance and musical stardom are the twin lures in this lite but likable pop-fiction series opener. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Three lads, members of an aspiring British boy band, move into the Los Angeles home that 12-year-old Lark, a budding musician, shares with her newly divorced mother, who's just started her own record label. Read full book review >
A PIECE OF HOME by Jeri Watts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Immigrant children will relate to the head-spinning switch from ordinary to different, and their classmates might better understand the emotional impact of moving to a foreign land. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Moving from Korea to West Virginia, a young boy leaves the familiar behind. Read full book review >
LINCOLN AND KENNEDY by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Marred by its own contrivances. (further facts, trivia, unsourced quotes, glossary, sources) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Barretta adopts a familiar narrative device, contrasting the lives—separated by a century—of presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF AMBITION IN 50 HOAXES by Gale Eaton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 10, 2016

"We have met the hoaxsters, and they are us: family stories, human progress, and often enough the pinball nature of our history. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Hoaxes are a lot of fun, tell us much about ourselves, and sometimes, just sometimes, change the course of history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >