PAINTING IN THE DARK by Rachelle Burk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Despite bumps, informative as well as inspiring. (afterword) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
An illuminating portrait of a self-taught Turkish artist who, despite being blind from birth, has become an internationally known painter. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"A handy and helpful guide for any aspiring web user. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Some popular forms of online self-expression get the how-to treatment. Read full book review >

NOT BAD FOR A BAD LAD by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"A smooth story for horse-mad readers, but it's unlikely to find a much larger audience than that. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
A "bad lad" combines a passion for horses and music and makes good. Read full book review >
OCEAN ANIMALS by Johnna Rizzo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"A child-friendly invitation to dive in. (glossary, index, picture credits, acknowledgments) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Striking photographs illustrate this collection of marine animals, a sampling of remarkable creatures that live in and around the ocean. Read full book review >
MICHELANGELO FOR KIDS by Simonetta Carr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Like many others in the …For Kids series, stronger for its content than the promised activities but worth it nevertheless. (Biography. 9-14)"
This substantial biography of the life and times of the great sculptor, painter, poet, and Renaissance man Michelangelo Buonarroti describes its subject's life in eight chapters. Read full book review >

FIRESTORMERS by Carl Bowen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"When the smoke clears, a group of characters emerges deserving a unique and universal respect. (Adventure. 9-13)"
An elite troop of wildfire fighters drops in on an inferno with a lieutenant on his first command. Read full book review >
PEARL'S OCEAN MAGIC by Catherine Hapka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Sinks. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Young dolphin Pearl encounters braggarts, bullies, and friends during her first day at magical dolphin school. Read full book review >
COMPASS SOUTH by Hope Larson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Complex, engaging, and sure to please a wide audience. (Graphic historical adventure. 8-13)"
Two sets of twins find themselves pursued by gangs and pirates on a swashbuckling sea adventure. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF THE DARK CRYSTAL by J.M. Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Fans of this first installment will be glad of the movie while waiting for the book's sequel. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A young Gelfling girl discovers hidden evils in this prequel to Jim Henson's 1982 film The Dark Crystal. Read full book review >
NINE, TEN by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: June 28, 2016

"Tense, disturbing, and thought-provoking. (author's note, acknowledgements) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Four children of diverse ethnicities, unknown to one another, are at Chicago's O'Hare airport on Sept. 9, 2001. Read full book review >
THE DISTANCE TO HOME by Jenn Bishop
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"The life-and-death themes are thought-provoking, but readers may love the book even more for its many digressions. (baseball glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Baseball, both minor league and Little League, forms the throughline for this exploration of grief. Read full book review >
BRAVE LIKE MY BROTHER by Marc Tyler Nobleman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Though the epistolary format works well at the beginning, it ultimately founders. (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
A newly drafted GI writes home from England to his little brother in Cleveland during World War II. 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 >