GOOSEBERRY PARK AND THE MASTER PLAN by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Readers new to Gooseberry Park will hope they don't have to wait another 20 years for the next book. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Twenty years after the publication of Gooseberry Park (1995), Rylant returns with a sequel. Read full book review >
THE SKUNK by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Peculiar, perplexing, and persistent—training wheels for Samuel Beckett. (Picture book. 6-10)"
When is a skunk not a skunk? When it's a…skunk. Read full book review >

I AM PRINCESS X by Cherie Priest
Released: May 26, 2015

"Promising elements aplenty, but they never fully mesh or deliver more than a passing chill. (Thriller. 11-14)"
Cryptic clues in a Web comic put a Seattle teenager onto the trail of a deranged kidnapper and his victim. Read full book review >
TOM GATES by L. Pichon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"The only thing that materially distinguishes Tom Gates from Greg Heffley and his legions of pretenders is his accent; some readers may feel that's good enough. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
That wimpy kid from across the pond returns in a sequel to The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (2014).Read full book review >
MIGRATION NATION by Joanne O'Sullivan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Budding biologists who have taken first steps with the likes of Marianne Bertes' Going Home: The Mysteries of Animal Migration, illustrated by Jennifer DiRubbio (2010), will find themselves drawn further down that road. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
O'Sullivan invites readers to join North American animals who regularly take to the "Herptile Highway," the "Polar Bear Parkway," "Bison Boulevard," or "Salmon Street." Read full book review >

SMALL WONDERS by Matthew Clark Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Long before Yogi Berra said, 'You can observe a lot by watching,' Fabre proved it so. (historical note, timeline, author's note, annotated source list) (Picture book/biography. 9-11)"
The rewards of simply taking time to bend down for a closer look are celebrated in this tribute to the great French entomologist. Read full book review >
BRIDE OF SLUG MAN by Julie Mata
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Smart, funny, and slick. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A preteen filmmaker mounts her second feature. Read full book review >
SIXTEENTH SUMMER by Michelle Dalton
Released: May 15, 2015

"No new literary ground is broken here, but readers seeking a sweet story of first love will sigh appreciatively. (Romance. 11-14)"
Love blossoms between a summer boy and a local girl in a chaste romance set on the foggy coast of Maine. Read full book review >
FRANCISCO'S KITES / LAS COMETAS DE FRANCISCO by Alicia Z. Klepeis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2015

"Francisco's transformation from pensive newcomer to entrepreneurial kite master is inspiring and well-detailed in this successful slice of life. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A resourceful boy in a new town discovers a talent for giving old scraps flight in this immigrant's story. Read full book review >
GON, THE LITTLE FOX by Nankichi Niimi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"The startling and violent ending may make it difficult to find an audience, but it is a valuable introduction to a non-Western storytelling aesthetic. (Picture book. 7-10)"
An animal tale from the "Hans Christian Andersen of Japan" is now published in an English edition. Read full book review >
BLACKOUT by Peter Jay Black
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"An entertaining-enough sequel for fans happy to stay in one emotional place. (Adventure. 9-13)"
Fighting enemies who wield guns is tough enough, but confronting a boy who could be either friend or foe is even more challenging. 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
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >