ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD by Yvan Pommaux
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Though it's well-stocked with context-building features, the tale's flippant dialogue and inconsistent visual details sound discordant notes. (map, bibliography). (Graphic mythology. 10-13)"
This spare, graphic retelling of the myth features illustrations that underscore its pervasive sadness. Read full book review >
LET'S HAVE A PARADE by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Emerging readers looking for a just-right book for reading fun will welcome this new series and its heroine. (Early reader. 4-9)"
Bright-eyed Lana's big imagination draws her whole family into her play. Read full book review >

BLOOD OATH by Dan Scott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Isolated splashes of gore notwithstanding, an angst-y, anemic setup volume offering little incentive to look up sequels. (overview map, appendix of gladiator types) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
An upper-class Roman teenager trains for gladiatorial combat after his family suddenly falls on hard times in this imported opener. Read full book review >
CROWN OF THREE by J.D. Blackthorn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A promising story that fails to deliver. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Three new stars in the sky foretell triplets who will overthrow the evil King Brutan, end strife in Toronia, and rule together in peace. Read full book review >
NOOKS & CRANNIES by Jessica Lawson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A plucky amateur detective, secret passages, exaggerated characters, concealed identities, and dastardly villains equal a swell mystery. (Mystery. 8-12)"
When 11-year-old Tabitha Crum receives a mysterious invitation for a weekend visit with the reclusive Countess of Windermere at Hollingsworth Hall circa 1907, she uncovers a diabolical plot that changes her life. Read full book review >

MAYBELLE GOES TO SCHOOL by Katie Speck
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"High-spirited action with well-developed characters make this series a hit every time. Where will Maybelle end up next? (Fantasy. 5-9)"
Maybelle the daring cockroach of Maybelle Goes to Tea (2008, etc.) makes decisions with her sweet tooth.Read full book review >
THE DREADED OGRESS OF THE TUNDRA by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"As monsters go, the amautalik is a satisfyingly disgusting and scary one, and this introduction should appeal to a broad range of middle-grade readers. (Folklore. 8-12)"
Among the perils of the Arctic is the amautalik, a terrifying, child-snatching ogress.Read full book review >
GOLEMCHIK by William Exley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Though this effort has some eerie moments, it's too abbreviated to offer more than sketches of plot or character. (Graphic short story. 7-9)"
A boy's dull summer turns exciting, to say the least, when he acquires a large and temperamental companion in this entry in a new series of graphic short stories. Read full book review >
CINDERELLA by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"The whole is attractive visually but seems far more like the kind of gift book adults like to give to one another than a version that children might enjoy. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-9)"
A "Cinderella" retelling illustrated in a combination of cutaway silhouettes and painted pages. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"History buffs and fans of forensic television shows will especially appreciate this exploration of one of the worst fires in American history. (author's note, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
In 1944, 167 people died in a circus fire in Hartford, Connecticut; 59 of them were children under 10. Read full book review >
ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Pretty. Pretty forgettable too. (Pop-up picture book. 7-9)"
An abbreviated if recognizable version of the classic, with fine-lined illustrations augmented by a set of pull-up minivistas. Read full book review >
LAUNCH A ROCKET INTO SPACE by Hilary Koll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Simple amusement and simple instruction add up to a winning combination. (index) (Graphic nonfiction. 7-14)"
Koll and Mills explore how numbers help us get into outer space. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >