CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Readers looking for a clear picture of 'modern history's best-known evil ruler and murderer' or the course of World War II in general would be far better off skipping this knockoff for some of the well-chosen titles recommended at the end. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
O'Reilly reconstitutes his Killing Patton (2014) for younger audiences with a grabbier title, lightly massaged extracts from the original, and additional period photographs.Read full book review >
THE DRAGON LANTERN by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Gratz has plenty of fun with his alternate history, but returning readers will notice that the dark is definitely rising. (map) (Fantasy/steampunk. 11-13)"
The company of heroes destined to battle the immortal Mangleborn continues to assemble in a middle volume that blurs the line between the good guys and the bad further. Read full book review >

SACAJAWEA by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"The author of the justly renowned What the Neighbors Thought series digs a little deeper with these equally engaging single volumes. (source and reading lists, indexes) (Biography. 9-11)"
This brisk and pithy series kickoff highlights Sacagawea's unique contributions to the Lewis and Clark expedition. Read full book review >
THE LIGHTHOUSE OF SOULS by Ariel A. Almada
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Nevertheless, it is a rather beautiful, quiet tale and smells of the salt sea. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This Spanish import opens vertically, emphasizing the height of the titular lighthouse with each double-page spread. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN COCONUT AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING BANANAS by Anushka Ravishankar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Perhaps the captain's next outing will find all its elements in better sync. (Graphic mystery. 7-9)"
Part clever Sherlock Holmes, part bumbling Maxwell Smart, the turbaned Capt. Coconut is a new detective on the scene. Read full book review >

TWO FOR JOY by Gigi Amateau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"A deceptively simple, warmhearted tale, particularly apt for chapter-book readers with similar experiences or an interest in multigenerational stories. (Fiction. 7-9)"
When feisty great-aunt Britannia falls and hurts herself for the fourth time in two years, 8-year-old Jenna and her mom, a nurse, invite "Tannie" to come and live with them. Read full book review >
RAISING RUFUS by David Fulk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Readers will cheer for Martin and Rufus in this funny twist on a boy-and-his-dog story. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A frozen egg holds a surprising pet for a lonely boy. Read full book review >
CASSIDY'S GUIDE TO EVERYDAY ETIQUETTE (AND OBFUSCATION) by Sue Stauffacher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"This intermittently funny book offers likable characters, but it lacks Stauffacher's customary expert touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
To her horror, an 11-year-old tomboy prankster is forced to take an etiquette class and learn the rules of polite society. Read full book review >
SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE by Jen White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Readers familiar with Cynthia Voigt's Homecoming (1981) will recognize the gripping story arc, but for today's middle graders, the world has sadly changed. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Abandoned at a desert gas station by a mentally unbalanced parent, 12-year-old Liberty uses the animal-survival strategies she's recorded in her notebook to protect her little sister, Billie, and escape to safety. Read full book review >
HUNTERS OF CHAOS by Crystal Velasquez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Here's hoping the second volume evens out the rough patches, as readers will undoubtedly be hungry for more of Ana and her friends' adventures. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Shape-shifting teenage girls work together to save the world in this contemporary fantasy. Read full book review >
UNTAMED by Anita Silvey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"A serviceable biography. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Jane Goodall, whose pioneering observations of chimpanzees in the wild changed scientific thinking about the differences between humans and apes, found a broader mission in conservation and education. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF IVY BLAKE by Ellen Airgood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"An uplifting coming-of-age story that foregrounds both the loss and the luster involved in creating an identity all one's own. (Fiction. 9-12)"
It seems like 11-year-old Ivy Blake's dreams are coming true when she is reunited with her mother, but she quickly realizes that this is not the happy ending she's been yearning for. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >