CINDERELLA by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"The whole is attractive visually but seems far more like the kind of gift book adults like to give to one another than a version that children might enjoy. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-9)"
A "Cinderella" retelling illustrated in a combination of cutaway silhouettes and painted pages. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"History buffs and fans of forensic television shows will especially appreciate this exploration of one of the worst fires in American history. (author's note, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
In 1944, 167 people died in a circus fire in Hartford, Connecticut; 59 of them were children under 10. Read full book review >

ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Pretty. Pretty forgettable too. (Pop-up picture book. 7-9)"
An abbreviated if recognizable version of the classic, with fine-lined illustrations augmented by a set of pull-up minivistas. Read full book review >
LAUNCH A ROCKET INTO SPACE by Hilary Koll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Simple amusement and simple instruction add up to a winning combination. (index) (Graphic nonfiction. 7-14)"
Koll and Mills explore how numbers help us get into outer space. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >