CALL OF THE OSPREY by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"More science than adventure, this is a challenging addition to the Science in the Field series. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Ospreys, severely affected by DDT in the 1960s, now serve as indicators for the success of pollution remediation on a Superfund cleanup site. Read full book review >
POWERLESS by Tera Lynn Childs
Released: June 2, 2015

"Readers beguiled by this fluff will need to stay tuned. (Romantic thriller. 12-15)"
A teenager discovers that the line between superheroes and supervillains isn't as sharp as she supposed in this steamy collaboration. Read full book review >

DEVOTED by Jennifer Mathieu
Released: June 2, 2015

"An engaging, illuminating, but never sensationalized portrayal of one plucky teen's self-discovery and pulling away from a controlling, restrictive (and real) religious movement. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Rachel tries to be devoted to her fundamentalist Christian church, but she's finding it increasingly challenging. Read full book review >
BOOK SCAVENGER by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A debut that challenges the brain while warming the heart. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
San Francisco landmarks and their rich literary histories lead two friends on an urban quest to solve clues left behind in an Edgar Allan Poe book by publisher and Book Scavenger mastermind Garrison Griswold. Read full book review >
THIS BOOK IS GAY by James Dawson
Released: June 2, 2015

"Important for its frank sex talk but far less inclusive than it aims to be. (glossary, resources) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
An exuberant guide to LGBT life takes the stance that "being L or G or B or T or * is SUPER FUN." Read full book review >

BLACKOUT by Peter Jay Black
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"An entertaining-enough sequel for fans happy to stay in one emotional place. (Adventure. 9-13)"
Fighting enemies who wield guns is tough enough, but confronting a boy who could be either friend or foe is even more challenging. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Trish Doller
Released: June 2, 2015

"It may be occasionally implausible, but the great pacing makes this a suspenseful romantic thriller. (Thriller. 13-18)"
Arcadia joins a weekend road trip with two handsome cousins she's just met. But one or both may be hiding a troubling secret. Read full book review >
CIRCUS MIRANDUS by Cassie Beasley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A delicious confection and much more: it shows that the human heart is delicate, that it matters, and that it must be handled with care. (Fiction. 9-12)"
One strange afternoon, 10-year-old Micah Tuttle finds out that magic is real. Read full book review >
JOYRIDE by Anna Banks
Released: June 2, 2015

"Both a heart-stopper and heart-tugger. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two teens form an unlikely bond across a racial and cultural divide. 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 >
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 >
WAKANABI BLUES by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel
Released: June 2, 2015

"Too many ideas and not enough focus unfortunately diminish what could have been a unique and much-needed novel exploring the lives of contemporary Native American teens. (author's note) (Mystery. 13-17)"
Mona Lisa LaPierre's academic parents are off to Russia for research, leaving the teen behind in a cabin deep in the woods of New England with her crotchety Mohegan Indian grandfather, whom she barely knows. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Ace Atkins
June 2, 2015

P.I. Spenser, knight-errant of the Back Bay, returns in Kickback, the latest in the iconic New York Times–bestselling series from author Ace Atkins. What started out as a joke landed 17-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges, but that’s exactly what happened. This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life. Leading the movement is tough-as-nails Judge Joe Scali, who gives speeches about getting tough on today’s wild youth. But Dillon’s mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn’t buying Scali’s line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing. “It’s great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life,” our reviewer writes. View video >