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 >
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 >

THE LIZARD WAR by Jack Patton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Furnished with a light wash of natural science, a buggy, action-oriented adventure that goes light on the gore and gross bits. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Budding entomologist Max Darwin makes a wish—and finds himself on Bug Island, where the local insects are threatened by an invasion of hungry reptiles and amphibians. 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 >
CARRY AND LEARN NUMBERS by Scholastic Inc.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A sophisticated yet appropriately simple design and appealing illustrations make this one a good choice for caregivers looking to introduce numbers and counting in an entertaining and interactive environment. (Board book. 1-3)"
An interactive book of numbers features numerals one through five and an accompanying cast of zoo animals. Read full book review >

COUNTING DOGS by Eric Barclay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A sense of fun, clear, uncluttered design, and construction that should hold up to heavy use make this board book's relatively high price well worth the extra expense. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A book bound in a box, with layered die-cut board pages within, introduces a variety of animals for young children to practice counting. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY PARK by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Worthy of theme and equally pleasing to the eye and the spirit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A child newly arrived from the country is dismayed to discover that the pocket park next to her urban building is, despite its name, lacking butterflies. Read full book review >
ITTY BITTY KITTY by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"Even the most avid cat lovers may feel like giving this a miss. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Itty Bitty is one large kitty. Read full book review >
STICK DOG DREAMS OF ICE CREAM by Tom Watson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"The single joke now in its fourth retelling is only for fans of the series…they may prefer squirrel watching to joining Stick Dog this time. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Will Stick Dog and his buddies find a way to beat the heat? Read full book review >
A CHICKEN FOLLOWED ME HOME! by Robin Page
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"A delightful and informative book for families wanting to raise chickens or learn where eggs come from. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
In her first foray as solo writer and illustrator, Page, Steve Jenkins' frequent collaborator (and spouse), presents a child-friendly Q-and-A to prepare children for the titular eventuality. Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN ARMY by Jonathan Maberry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"This first book in an explosive new series is the perfect mix of science fiction and magic. (Fantasy/science fiction. 8-12)"
Ever since the alien invasion, 11-year-old Milo has suffered from nightmares, but when a voice in his dreams tells him the world needs a hero, he has a hard time believing it could be him. Read full book review >
DEAR HANK WILLIAMS by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"Soulful and satisfying. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Tate has gumption, and it's a good thing: She's the only one who has faith in her ability to sing—except for her little brother, Frog, and everyone seems surprised whenever Tate mentions him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >