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 >
THE OCTOPUS SCIENTISTS by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Science in the field at its best. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
An international team of scientists with varied focuses work together on a remote South Pacific island to study octopus behaviors. 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 >
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 >
A HANDFUL OF STARS by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"This sensitive coming-of-age tale compassionately explores prejudice and multiculturalism. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Lily, an orphaned 12-year-old who lives in a small eastern Maine town, becomes fast friends with Salma, a Latina migrant worker who has come with her family to pick blueberries. Read full book review >

LOST IN THE SUN by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Graff consistently demonstrates why character-driven novels can live from generation to generation, and here she offers a story that can survive for many school years to come. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When internal anger turns into outward rage, one middle school misfit must find a solution or risk ruining everything that matters. Read full book review >
ALEXANDER'S ARMY by Chris d’Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A hodgepodge of contrived set pieces and tired X-Files-style tropes, with no sign of resolution. (Adventure. 11-13)"
A teenager struggling to control his ability to transform reality undertakes a mission for the secretive organization that recruited him in the opener. Read full book review >
BEST FRIEND NEXT DOOR by Carolyn Mackler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Mackler deftly weaves the thread of her plot between the two girls' tribulations and joys (at school and home) for a story that will resonate with any child who has ever struggled to parse the mysteries of friendship. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-olds Hannah and Emme have a lot in common—but does that mean they have to be friends? Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE TORCH by Robert Sharenow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Exciting if at times disquieting in its realism. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
When her mother dies in quarantine at Ellis Island, 12-year-old Sarah has no hope of being admitted to America on her own. Read full book review >
CLOSE TO THE WIND by Jon Walter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A good choice for sensitive children not ready for more pointed accounts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Walter's debut novel is a profile of innocence maintained in the face of war. Read full book review >
ICE CREAM SUMMER by Peter Sís
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Oh, yum. (author's note, further reading) (Picture book. 4-10)"
In ice cream colors, Sís delivers an encomium to summer, to the power of learning, and to that beloved, creamy-cold treat. Read full book review >
THE FOG DIVER by Joel Ross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"It's a fresh approach, convincingly delivered, with overtones reminiscent of Dickens…the only thing missing is a sequel, which readers will hope won't be far behind. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Adult novelist Ross (White Flag Down, 2007, etc.) makes his middle-grade debut with a boy's desperate search to save himself and his crew from a horrible fate in a post-apocalyptic future.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 >