BLUE & BERTIE by Kristyna Litten
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"A gentle story with a sweet message that doesn't hit readers over the head. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mismatched animals who become friends are a common theme in picture books, and this one is visual proof that a real friend is "true blue." Read full book review >
MEET THE BOBS AND TWEETS by Pepper Springfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Falls far short of the Seuss it attempts to achieve; here's hoping Volume 2 can gain some traction. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Bob Seven and Tweet Seven may seem to be in the wrong families, but they're a perfect fit as friends. Read full book review >

THE NOT-A-PIG by Polly Faber
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"This debut's imaginative premise leads to intermittent flashes of wit and quirky humor, but promising material is left unexplored. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
A lonely girl befriends the terrified tapir she finds stranded in a big, busy city. Read full book review >
THE TICK-TOCK MAN by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"The strongest volume yet in an enjoyable series that keeps getting better. (author's note) (Steampunk. 9-12)"
"Generations of Kennewicketts have excelled at blowing things up." Read full book review >
SUPER BUGS by Michelle Meadows
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Not captivating but fun for some. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A simple, rhyming text describes one day in the life of bugs with enormous eyes and red capes as they save many other insects from harm. Read full book review >

THE STORYTELLER by Evan Turk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Original storytelling with the feel of the best folklore, enhanced by illustrations done in a style not seen anyplace else. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 6-11)"
The art of storytelling is celebrated as a life-giving force in this enthralling picture book set in Morocco. Read full book review >
THE DISTANCE TO HOME by Jenn Bishop
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"The life-and-death themes are thought-provoking, but readers may love the book even more for its many digressions. (baseball glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Baseball, both minor league and Little League, forms the throughline for this exploration of grief. Read full book review >
THE WORLD FROM UP HERE by Cecilia Galante
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Galante's penned a poignant tale of self-discovery. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixth-grader Wren is besieged with worry. Read full book review >
SUPER RAWR! by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"This book's squishy cover is not the only padded thing here. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Superheroes + dinosaurs = two great tastes that don't necessarily go together. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF THE DARK CRYSTAL by J.M. Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Fans of this first installment will be glad of the movie while waiting for the book's sequel. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A young Gelfling girl discovers hidden evils in this prequel to Jim Henson's 1982 film The Dark Crystal. Read full book review >
GARY'S GARDEN by Gary Northfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"These quietly silly tableaux should fit nicely in the hands of backyard explorers and dreamers. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
A garden microcosm comes alive as the author imagines the goings-on in his yard. Read full book review >
MISCHIEF AT MIDNIGHT by Esme Kerr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016

"Mildly mysterious but not quite suspenseful. (Mystery. 11-14)"
Following The Girl with the Glass Bird (2015), orphan Edie solves another mystery at her English boarding school. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >