CROWN OF THREE by J.D. Blackthorn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A promising story that fails to deliver. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Three new stars in the sky foretell triplets who will overthrow the evil King Brutan, end strife in Toronia, and rule together in peace. Read full book review >
BLOOD OATH by Dan Scott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Isolated splashes of gore notwithstanding, an angst-y, anemic setup volume offering little incentive to look up sequels. (overview map, appendix of gladiator types) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
An upper-class Roman teenager trains for gladiatorial combat after his family suddenly falls on hard times in this imported opener. Read full book review >

YOU'RE A CRAB! by Jenny Whitehead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Certainly not new fare, but any opportunity to help children understand emotions is never a misstep. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A marine-themed look at all kinds of moods. Read full book review >
PIG AND PUG by Lynne Berry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"New readers will find two new frenemies to love here. Bravo, Pig and Pug! (Picture book. 3-8)"
How do two tiny critters get to be friends? Sometimes it takes a bit of an effort. Read full book review >
BIKE ON, BEAR! by Cynthea Liu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"This pivotal childhood milestone is often defined by fear, but this variant is for young brooders everywhere. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bear can do anything he puts his mind to—except ride a bike. Read full book review >

PEDRO AND GEORGE by Delphine Perret
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A wholly original romp told with deliciously Gallic flair in an uncredited translation. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Cousins Pedro and George, a crocodile and an alligator, try to correct the record on their differences in this French import. Read full book review >
LET'S HAVE A PARADE by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Emerging readers looking for a just-right book for reading fun will welcome this new series and its heroine. (Early reader. 4-9)"
Bright-eyed Lana's big imagination draws her whole family into her play. Read full book review >
BUSTER THE VERY SHY DOG FINDS A KITTEN by Lisze Bechtold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Dog and cat lovers and shy kids everywhere will happily (and successfully) read and reread these stories. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Buster, the big, skittish brown dog, is back and is learning to assert himself (Buster, the Very Shy Dog, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
WHOSE SHOE? by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"It's an enjoyable read-aloud, but it feels cast a little too closely in its predecessor's mold and lacks the previous book's freshness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bunting and Ruzzier team up for another rollicking, rhyming search (Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?, 2013), this time for the owner of a lone shoe.Read full book review >
I YAM A DONKEY! by Cece Bell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"This attempt to bring levity to an already-difficult grammar task for children just tangles the situation further. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A stern yam corrects a grammatically challenged donkey. Read full book review >
DINOTRUX DIG THE BEACH by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Readers won't want to wait to find out where the Dinotrux will go next. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The third in Gall's crashing, smashing series takes the hot and grumpy Dinotrux on a vacation to the beach. What mayhem will ensue? Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, FIREFLY by Gabriel Alborozo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Charming artwork and some funny moments, marred by disingenuousness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Nina learns that a firefly is a great night light—initially. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >