FOUNDLING by D.M. Cornish
Released: May 1, 2006

"Fine story and universe, but overblown, especially the 100-page glossary and largely unnecessary appendices. (maps, metric conversion table, sketches, glossary, appendices) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
This epic fantasy, though solidly based in classic form (lonely orphan may secretly be someone special), flounders under cluttered writing. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE CURTAIN by Peter Abrahams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"In a literature notoriously light on solid mysteries, Abrahams's second outing for kids stands out as a deliciously plotted, highly satisfying adventure. (Fiction. 10-14)"
All is not well in Echo Falls: Thirteen-year-old amateur sleuth Ingrid Levin-Hill seems to be surrounded by people with secrets. Read full book review >

DEAD CONNECTION by Charlie Price
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"Though the story ends in an unusual and slightly awkward fashion, the realistic complexities explored are ripe for discussion. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A spectral mystery starts strong but ends differently. Read full book review >
A.L.I.E.E.E.N. by Lewis Trondheim
SCIENCE FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"Not for the younger set, but an accomplished offbeat selection worth considering. (Graphic novel. 12-14)"
Designed to look like a weatherworn comic found in the woods, this outrageously imaginative graphic novel touts itself as the "first extraterrestrial comic book on earth." Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"The villains' dire magic keeps the tension simmering, but it's Dina's relationship with her father and Davin's growing self-knowledge that enrich this compelling fantasy. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
The third installment in the Shamer Quartet draws Dina and her family out from temporary safety into indentured servitude and peril. Read full book review >

ONLY HUMAN by Kate Thompson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"It will take a dogged effort, however, for the reader to make the effort to wade through more of the same. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Part two of this trilogy does not have the cohesiveness of the first and suffers as a consequence. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER KING by O.R. Melling
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2006

"A story about duplicity in many guises, the fight between good and evil, right and wrong, honor and fidelity, it can stand on its own. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
Fans of The Hunter's Moon (2005) will enjoy this next installment. Read full book review >
DOPPELGANGER by Jr. Stahler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"An interesting read that deals with growing pains, peer pressure and making decisions that might be unpopular, but are undoubtedly right. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
What teenage boy doesn't feel uncomfortable in his own skin? Read full book review >
HAPPY KID! by Gail Gauthier
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"Light and slight, won't produce life long happiness, but will certainly give the reader an enjoyable couple of hours. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Whimsical feel-good comedy about a friendless seventh-grade boy who receives a life-changing self-help book that may have magical properties. Read full book review >
BY THE RIVER by Steven Herrick
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"Beautifully told. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A teen reflects on his life in a quiet Australian town by the river in 1962. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2006

"The cliffhanger ending will leave readers gasping as Gregor goes chasing another prophecy, the direst yet. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In this, the penultimate volume in "The Underland Chronicles," Collins begins to gather herself for the grand finale. Read full book review >
SNOW, FIRE, SWORD by Sophie Masson
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2006

"The unusual backdrop, a large cast of characters—human and otherwise, some with ambiguous loyalties—and a terror campaign with disturbingly modern overtones will keep readers involved to the end. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Terrorized by powerful djinn, capricious gods and masked thugs on motorbikes, two young people travel through a thinly disguised Indonesia in search of allies against a mysterious sorcerer in this (probably) standalone fantasy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >