SOMEBODY STOP IVY POCKET by Caleb Krisp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Please, nobody stop Ivy Pocket. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Everyone's favorite maid of mass destruction is back, so baddies beware! Read full book review >
SPY TO THE RESCUE by Jonathan Bernstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Over-the-top action that will keep readers turning pages. (Adventure. 9-12)"
During her attempt to save her father, a teen spy uncovers an assassination plot. Read full book review >

ARGOS by Ralph Hardy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"An unfortunate choice of narration robs this epic tale of its power. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The epic tale of The Odyssey is told from the point of view of Odysseus' faithful dog, Argos.Read full book review >
THE LOST REALM by J.D. Rinehart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"This middle volume may make a zany-if-dark pulp TV movie, but as a novel, it's only for high-fantasy addicts. (Fantasy. 11-12)"
In the sequel to Crown of Three (2015, with the author writing as J.D. Blackthorn), three young, white rulers-to-be fight undead hordes while trying to regain their inheritance.Read full book review >
THE UNDERDOGS by Sara Hammel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"The novel is absorbing and enjoyable, but readers' feelings about this oddball mystery/life-transformation hybrid will depend on whether they're delighted or annoyed by the surprise ending. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Best friends try to figure out who murdered a pretty 16-year-old girl at a tennis club. Read full book review >

RETURN TO THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"Likely, like its predecessor, to be a fixture on bestseller lists—but not for its imaginative or literary qualities. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Ominous portents in Auradon send the offspring of four Disney villains home—to discover that their evil parents have disappeared. Read full book review >
A STORM TOO SOON by Michael J. Tougias
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"A sure-fire hit with young readers who are always ready for a good disaster tale. (epilogue, author's note) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
In an adaptation for young readers of his A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival, and an Incredible Rescue (2013), Tougias tells the story of the Sean Seymour II, a 44-foot sailboat swamped in a Gulf Stream storm in 2007. Read full book review >
THE GOLD MEDAL MESS by David A.  Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"This series opener is a promising venture into early Matt Christopher territory. (Mystery/sports fiction. 7-9)"
When a mysterious saboteur threatens to shut down their school's Olympic games, five young athletes put on their detective shoes. Read full book review >
THE LOST COMPASS by Joel Ross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"A cracking good adventure with a diverse cast in a memorable world. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
This sequel to The Fog Diver (2015) takes readers back to a post-apocalyptic world in which civilization has been driven into the skies. Read full book review >
A CLATTER OF JARS by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"Kids may have to read the book a second time to follow the plot, but this is a novel that rewards a second—or even a third—reading. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Everyone in this sequel to Tangle of Knots (2013) gets a chance to be the main character, at least for a page or two.Read full book review >
PRINCESS JUNIPER OF THE ANJU by Ammi-Joan Paquette
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"A story with old-fashioned flavor, not always in good ways. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
A child queen seeks to extend her rule. Read full book review >
THE WORLD BENEATH by Janice Warman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"A good complement to nonfiction about apartheid South Africa, a little-explored place and period in children's literature. (glossary, author's note, letter from Amnesty International) (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Warman turns her journalistic talents to historical fiction in her debut novel about the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and how it shapes a young boy's life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >