SWORD IN THE STACKS by Jen Swann Downey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Never a dull moment in this lybrary school. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Dorrie's quest to join the heroic lybrarians in protecting intellectual freedom in all times and climes takes her literally and figuratively from Passaic, New Jersey, into deadly waters in this madcap sequel to The Accidental Keyhand (2014). Read full book review >
JURASSIC CLASSICS by Saskia Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A natural lead-in, or better, lagniappe, to Kathleen Krull's Lives of the Writers (1994, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt). (Informational novelty. 9-11)"
From the Brontësaurus Sisters to Mark Twainceratops ("Born Samuel ‘Three-Horn' Clemens"), a canon-expanding gallery of great writers that will have every reader, dinophile or not, roaring. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"An overcompressed survey, slickly produced but too superficial to impart more than a glimpse of where the field stands or is going. (review quiz, index, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
A cutting-edge gallery of working and experimental robots, with commentary from a working cybernetics expert and side looks at robots in movies and TV. Read full book review >
MISSION: PANDA RESCUE by Kitson Jazynka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Heaping helpings of eye candy for panda lovers. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A trove of panda portraits lights up a survey of international efforts to increase the populations and conserve the habitats of this most photogenic of animals. Read full book review >
THE BLACK NORTH by Nigel McDowell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Ambitious and engaging. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old twins Oona and Morris Kavanagh join the Cause to fight the Invaders from the Black North and defend their home from the evil that threatens to sweep across the land. Read full book review >

KNIT, HOOK, AND SPIN by Laurie Carlson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Tear up your T-shirts, unravel old sweaters, warm up your fingers, and create some handcrafted fun for yourself, for friends, and for those in need of small comforts. (note to adults) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Nimble fingers can learn how to felt, spin, weave, knit, and crochet a wide variety of wearable and useful objects. Read full book review >
BOOK OF DRAGONS by Patricia Saxton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Though flashy at first glance, barely a glimmer next to Dugald Steer's Dragonology (2003) or Graeme Base's Discovery of Dragons (1996). (Informational fantasy. 10-12)"
Scaly monsters preen, glower fiercely, and soar grandly in this introduction to dragon kind and care. Read full book review >
THE FERRYLAND VISITOR by Charis Cotter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"An interesting, mysterious story with memorable illustrations. (author's note, publisher's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
This slightly spooky tale, based on a true story, recalls a mysterious visitor to the Squires family, who were living in a lighthouse in Newfoundland in the 1970s. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE THREE KINGS / EL CASO DE LOS REYES MAGOS by Alidis Vicente
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A mystery serving as a gateway into Puerto Rican culture, traditions, and panorama, narrated by a one-of-a-kind Latina gumshoe. (Bilingual mystery. 8-12)"
Precocious self-styled Detective Flaca returns, now 11 years old, in a mystery set in Puerto Rico. Read full book review >
THE BIG MOVE by Lindsey Leavitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A frisky adventure not at all weighed down by the timely doses of local history folded in. (Fiction. 7-9)"
An all-too-close encounter with the new president's children and their "c-a-t" nearly spells disaster for two White House mice in this history-laced series opener. Read full book review >
STICKS & STONES by Sarah Mlynowski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Appealing, warmhearted, and magical. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Nory and her friends are misfits in an alternate universe (Upside-Down Magic, 2015) where everyone has a magical talent. Read full book review >
THE STORY CIRCLE / EL CIRCULO DE CUENTOS by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"This fully bilingual title is marginal at best—not recommended. (Bilingual picture book. 5-9)"
After a storm floods their school, a group of racially diverse children is left with no books. 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 >