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 >
SCHOOL OF THE DEAD by Avi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Don't read this one in a dark and haunted school. (Horror. 10-14)"
In order to fulfill his dead great-uncle's wish, seventh-grader Tony begins attending the spooky, rambling, and possibly haunted Penda School. Read full book review >

THE SECRET FIRE by Whitaker Ringwald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Rich in adventure and Greek mythology, and with an ending sentiment that is thoroughly wonderful, this tale is a satisfying conclusion to the series. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The third book in the middle-grade Secret Box series culminates the adventures of Jax, Ethan, and Tyler as they try to keep the magical urns of Faith, Hope, and Love from falling into the wrong hands. Read full book review >
REVENGE OF THE ROACH! by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Another 'High flyve!' for the dump's doughty defenders. (Superhero farce. 7-9)"
The mighty muscid gets some unexpected help in this rematch with his greatest foe (Super Fly, 2015). 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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
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
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 >