INTO THE KILLING SEAS by Michael P. Spradlin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Readers ready for a strong dose of survival and war action will find this well-researched episode entirely gripping. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
This survival tale highlights one of the worst sea disasters of World War II: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945. Read full book review >
DANGER IN ANCIENT ROME by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"A great choice for fans of the Magic Treehouse series, who will be looking forward to Ranger's next adventure. (Adventure. 5-9)"
Time-traveling golden retriever Ranger is back, this time saving the day in ancient Rome. Read full book review >

BOATS FOR PAPA by Jessixa Bagley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Heartbreaking and hopeful, innocent and wise, a gentle story about healing and finding connection—both in the past and present. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An anthropomorphic beaver child makes driftwood boats and sets them to sea, hoping they'll reach his father, who has passed away. Read full book review >
JAMPIRES by Sarah McIntyre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"A satisfying concept, friendly, Sendak-inspired colored-pencil-and-pastel illustrations, cartoonish attractiveness, and plain old wackiness make this sweet story a winner. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Some fiends have sucked the jam out of Sam's doughnut! Who are the perpetrators of this wicked deed? Jampires, of course. Read full book review >
TWO GIRLS WANT A PUPPY by Ryan Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Lots of stories address getting a dog, but this tale recounts practical steps in successfully working toward a goal, with the kids solving their own problem. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sisters Cadence and Emi use both logical and creative approaches to convince their dad they should be allowed to adopt a puppy. Read full book review >

THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY by Kate Beaton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A half-pint warrior princess wants a battle-ready horse for her birthday but instead receives a little farting pony—who brilliantly defies all expectation. Read full book review >
BOOM SNOT TWITTY THIS WAY THAT WAY by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Quietly alluring and visually peaceful. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bear, a bird, and a snail differ on plans for an outing. Read full book review >
THE SKY IS FALLING! by Mark Teague
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Though this twist on the familiar tale is somewhat heavy-handed in both narrative and image, its sense of fun comes through clearly nonetheless. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The age-old "Chicken Little" story, but with a change-up. Read full book review >
PEEK-A-BOO ZOO by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's a reason peekaboo is such an enduring game, and this printed riff should see plenty of use. (Board book. 9-18 mos.)"
All sorts of animals join in a game of peekaboo. Read full book review >
RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT by Yumi Heo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"A well-designed and -executed outing, this interactive adventure is a trip little ones will want to take again and again. (Board book. 2-4)"
This rhyming, lift-the-flap title teaches little ones the meanings of various road signs and signals. Read full book review >
YOUR KIDS: COOKING! by Barbara Brandt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"A strong but flawed teaching tool. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Using a method called "Skills, Terms And Cooking Know-how," this resource focuses more on developing cooking skills rather than mastering individual recipes. Read full book review >
KIRBY'S JOURNAL by Charlotte Caldwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"This pseudo-journal makes a clever invitation to a possible lifetime passion. (index) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Kirby records close observations of butterflies made in her grandparents' Charleston, South Carolina, backyard during a summer vacation that is as good as a safari. 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 >