MARINE SCIENCE FOR KIDS by Josh Hestermann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2017

"Ideal for middle school classrooms and any marine science enthusiast. (glossary, resources, selected bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
Water covers more than 70 percent of the Earth and provides plenty of opportunity for scientific exploration and investigation. Read full book review >
NO GOOD DEED by Goldy Moldavsky
Released: May 30, 2017

"A comedy that is more mousy brown than black. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Teenage activism goes absurdist in this summer-camp novel. Read full book review >

SOLDIER BOY by Keely Hutton
Released: June 13, 2017

"Unapologetically searing and catastrophically truthful, a reminder to readers that it demands much to meet harsh realities with impossible courage. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
Spanning the conflict-laden years of Uganda's recent history, this debut novel-meets-biography is based on the true story of a former enslaved child soldier who escaped and found his own salvation in providing sanctuary for children who suffered a similar fate. Read full book review >
RESTART by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 30, 2017

"Korman's trademark humor makes this an appealing read. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Will a bully always be a bully? Read full book review >
THE QUEST TO THE UNCHARTED LANDS by Jaleigh Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 13, 2017

"A full-throttle fanfare for those with a predilection for alchemy, adventure, and a little anarchy. (map, glossary) (Steampunk. 11-15)"
Well-behaved girls seldom make history…or save ill-fated airships from menacing saboteurs. Read full book review >

BE TRUE TO ME by Adele Griffin
Released: June 13, 2017

"A reminder, if one is still needed, that it doesn't pay to be the interloper in a community of rich, upper-crust-society snobs. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
In 1976, handsome and charming Gil's arrival in an exclusive, white, summer-island community inflames two girls' rivalry with disastrous results. Read full book review >
FOLLOW ME BACK by A.V. Geiger
Released: June 6, 2017

"A dysfunctional romance about a dysfunctional romance. (Thriller. 12-16)"
Two teens develop a Twitter relationship. Read full book review >
REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS by Kathleen Baldwin
Released: May 23, 2017

"The premise is fizzier than the execution. (Mystery/historical fiction. 12-18)"
In this third series outing, five young ladies with exceptional abilities continue to work together as British counterespionage agents during the Napoleonic wars. Read full book review >
THE CHOLO TREE by Daniel Chacón
Released: May 31, 2017

"A well-meaning, awkward cautionary tale. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Boxed in by societal prejudices, a young Chicano struggles to find his identity. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2017

"Although not as flashy as Elizabeth MacLeod's Top Dogs (2017) or as colorful as Nancy Furstinger's Paws of Courage (2016), this solid effort would pair well with either of those for dog lovers wanting more information. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Although dogs served as mascots during the Civil War and World War I, it wasn't until World War II that they were trained to work for the military. Read full book review >
ROAD SIGNS THAT SAY WEST by Sylvia Gunnery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2017

"Though full of potential, the thin plot is a poor vehicle for the character development and dynamic relationships that are key to road-trip stories. (Fiction. 14-18)"
While their parents are on vacation, three white sisters go on the road trip of a lifetime. Read full book review >
THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP by Katie A. Nelson
Released: May 9, 2017

"A satisfying examination of morality and the decisions that change our lives. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Debate is Tanner's talent, but is he good enough to succeed at his new school? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >