AUTOFOCUS by Lauren Gibaldi
Released: June 14, 2016

"Adoption entails lifelong losses along with joys, but its hard questions and nuanced complexities are airbrushed from this affluence-cushioned world. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A photography-class assignment on the meaning of family prompts Maude, an adopted high school senior in Florida, to learn about her deceased birth mother, Claire. Read full book review >
CHANGE PLACES WITH ME by Lois Metzger
Released: June 14, 2016

"An interesting, experimental near-future character study. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Rose, a quiet, shy girl living in New York City in 2029, suddenly comes out of her shell. Read full book review >

RED VELVET CRUSH by Christina Meredith
Released: June 14, 2016

"Though the ending leans toward melodrama, this fast-paced story of sibling rivalry and betrayal should appeal to a wide teen audience. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Meredith explores the difficult relationship between two sisters: one who harbors a secret talent and the other who lusts after any spotlight. Read full book review >
THE TRANSATLANTIC CONSPIRACY by G.D. Falksen
Released: June 14, 2016

"Only for insatiable fans of the genre or author. (Steampunk. 12-18)"
A historical adventure sports a steampunk veneer, like an undersea Murder on the Orient Express. Read full book review >
THE IT GIRL by Katy Birchall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Funny and frothy. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A zany British trifle about middle school popularity. Read full book review >

IVORY AND BONE by Julie Eshbaugh
Released: June 14, 2016

"Narrative artifice aside, this is an involving story solidly told, doing credit to its inspiration and sources. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
A gender-flipped revisiting of Pride and Prejudice translates surprisingly well into the Ice Age—until it doesn't.Read full book review >
THE RIGHT TRACK by Harmony Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Romance and musical stardom are the twin lures in this lite but likable pop-fiction series opener. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Three lads, members of an aspiring British boy band, move into the Los Angeles home that 12-year-old Lark, a budding musician, shares with her newly divorced mother, who's just started her own record label. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF AMBITION IN 50 HOAXES by Gale Eaton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 10, 2016

"We have met the hoaxsters, and they are us: family stories, human progress, and often enough the pinball nature of our history. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Hoaxes are a lot of fun, tell us much about ourselves, and sometimes, just sometimes, change the course of history. Read full book review >
THE COLOR OF DARKNESS by Ruth Hatfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"While the subject matter is dark and at times raw, the message of the strength of the human spirit is ultimately uplifting. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Book 2 in the middle-grade Book of Storms trilogy. Read full book review >
LOCKER HERO by Rachel Renée Russell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"This spinoff is heavy on the poop jokes and light on almost everything else—readers expecting a boy Dork Diaries with equal nuance may be surprised. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
This is Max Crumbly's first experience in public school, and so far he's vomited on bully Doug "Thug" Thurston, forfeited a race due to his insistent bladder, and been locked in his locker—but it's still better than home-schooling with Grandma. Read full book review >
WILD ANIMALS OF THE NORTH by Dieter Braun
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Amazing art makes this a browser's delight, but they should go elsewhere for solid information. (Picture book. 5-12)"
An oversized album of 80 common and lesser-known wild animals from three northern-hemisphere continents, identified by common and Latin names. Read full book review >
THE FLIP SIDE by Shawn Johnson
Released: June 7, 2016

"Johnson's first novel for teens is an absorbing portrait of a young athlete's quest to achieve her Olympic dreams. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Fifteen-year-old gymnast Charlie is determined to earn a place on Team USA. 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 >