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 >
THE HAUNTING OF FALCON HOUSE by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Eerie and effective. (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
A "found" Russian manuscript recounts a late-19th-century haunting. 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 WOLF'S BOY by Susan Williams Beckhorn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"This bracing, well-told story, laced with themes of self-responsibility, compassion, and honor, is both vital and nourishing. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Sometime in prehistory, a crippled boy and his wolf companion face coming-of-age challenges. Read full book review >
EVERY SINGLE SECOND by Tricia  Springstubb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"With an engaging protagonist, a fast-moving story, important themes subtly conveyed, and touches of humor, this is a richly layered story that will have wide appeal. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Nella's worldview widens amid a tangle of emotions in this coming-of-age exploration of time and change. Read full book review >

WHEN FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED ME HOME by Paul Griffin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Entrancing, magical, tragic, and uplifting. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A former foster child deals with love and loss and love again. Read full book review >
THE GREAT WHITE SHARK SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"This appreciative introduction to a much-maligned species will thrill readers while it encourages them to see great white sharks in a new way. (maps, bibliography, Web resources, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
"They're laid back. They're calm. They're beautiful." Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH WISH by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Hopeful, empathetic, and unusually enlightening. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this novel-length riff on "The Fisherman and His Wife," when Charlie goes ice fishing with pal Drew and his nana, she catches a fish who says it will grant her wishes in return for its release. Read full book review >
GRAYLING'S SONG by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite her self-doubt, Grayling is cut from the same cloth as the author's other sturdy heroines, but she is also an entirely original and endearing character that readers will cheer on as she seeks to save her mother and return her world to rights. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A timid young girl must venture out into the wider world in an effort to find allies and save her mother from malignant magic. Read full book review >
MAYDAY by Karen Harrington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"A fine character-driven tale that slowly grows to a crescendo of satisfaction. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After surviving a plane crash, Wayne has plenty to cope with. Read full book review >
HILO by Judd Winick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"Solid. Expect this series to receive the same reverence as Jeff Smith's Bone. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
Hilo, D.J., and Gina have reunited to save the world from more impending robot invasions. Read full book review >
THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT, CASSIE PARKER by Terra Elan McVoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A smart, heartwarming novel about the ups and downs of family and friendship. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When Fiona's diary is stolen by the most popular girl in seventh grade, she braces herself for the worst summer ever. 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 >