YOUR BABY'S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA by Jimmy Fallon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A succession of animal dads do their best to teach their young to say "Dada" in this picture-book vehicle for Fallon. Read full book review >
AMERICANINE by Yann Kebbi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"As a study in European impressions of America, this fascinates; as a representation of New York, it's more than a little idiosyncratic. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A tourist's view of New York City, from close to the pavement. 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 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 >
I WILL NEVER GET A STAR ON MRS. BENSON'S BLACKBOARD by Jennifer K. Mann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Would that all teachers find the star-worthy within each of their students. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A messy, daydreaming artist despairs of ever doing anything star-worthy in Mrs. Benson's class. Read full book review >

MOUSE'S FIRST NIGHT AT MOONLIGHT SCHOOL by Simon Puttock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Unless they are as good at hiding as Mouse, readers will be hard-pressed to apply any lessons learned here in their own lives. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A shy new student uses her best talent to ease into her first night at school. Read full book review >
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 >
RED CLOUD'S WAR by Paul Goble
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2015

"An exciting tale, rousingly told. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Fighting to preserve Oglala Sioux territory northwest of Fort Laramie, in modern-day Wyoming, war chief Red Cloud routs a band of 80 soldiers in 1866. Read full book review >
BEHOLD! A BABY by Stephanie Watson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 6, 2015

"Ecce yet another picture book that shines a spotlight on the older kid who decides that it's OK for babies to be stars. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Step right up, folks, and witness…a besotted dad touting the world's most extraordinary phenomenon—a baby. Read full book review >
DRAWN by Chris Ledbetter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 5, 2015

"Inventive, fast-paced fantasy with imaginative settings and engaging characters."
In Ledbetter's debut YA novel, a talented artist discovers that his new sketchbook harbors a dangerous secret. 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 >
ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD by Yvan Pommaux
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Though it's well-stocked with context-building features, the tale's flippant dialogue and inconsistent visual details sound discordant notes. (map, bibliography). (Graphic mythology. 10-13)"
This spare, graphic retelling of the myth features illustrations that underscore its pervasive sadness. 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 >