MS. BIXBY'S LAST DAY by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Sad and satisfying in just the right amounts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Determined to give their hospitalized teacher a worthy "last day," three sixth-grade boys skip school and persevere on an impossible quest, deepening their friendship and discovering inner courage they didn't know they had. Read full book review >
SCHOOL OF THE DEAD by Avi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Don't read this one in a dark and haunted school. (Horror. 10-14)"
In order to fulfill his dead great-uncle's wish, seventh-grader Tony begins attending the spooky, rambling, and possibly haunted Penda School. Read full book review >

THE SECRET FIRE by Whitaker Ringwald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Rich in adventure and Greek mythology, and with an ending sentiment that is thoroughly wonderful, this tale is a satisfying conclusion to the series. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The third book in the middle-grade Secret Box series culminates the adventures of Jax, Ethan, and Tyler as they try to keep the magical urns of Faith, Hope, and Love from falling into the wrong hands. Read full book review >
THE HAUNTING OF FALCON HOUSE by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Eerie and effective. (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
A "found" Russian manuscript recounts a late-19th-century haunting. Read full book review >
RISE OF THE ROBOT ARMY by Robert Venditti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"What starts as a charming story morphs rather jarringly into a questionable golden-cape tug of war between an eighth-grader and a dry old general who's mysteriously acquired a budget to create a robot army. (Adventure. 9-12)"
A frustrated eighth-grader would rather spend his days saving the world as an anointed superhero than deal with the reality of his life as a middle schooler, in this sequel to The Attack of the Alien Horde (2015). Read full book review >

THE GALLERY by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Fitzgerald balances mystery and history in a feminist narrative that invites readers to find out more. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Only Martha holds the key to a rollicking 1920s madcap mystery. Read full book review >
THE KING SLAYER by Virginia Boecker
Released: June 14, 2016

"Soapy faux-16th-century angst. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Elizabeth Grey, titular protagonist of The Witch Hunter (2015), returns, having thrown her lot in with the witches she used to persecute. Read full book review >
THE KIDNAP PLOT by Dave Butler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Reminiscent of both Pinocchio and The Great Mouse Detective, this novel is tailor-made for young readers who love adventure narratives and steampunk fiction. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Charlie Pondicherry, a Punjabi-English boy whose life revolves around his father's clock shop, experiences the world entirely through books and stories…but that is about to change. Read full book review >
LOSING GABRIEL by Lurlene McDaniel
Released: June 14, 2016

"A standard weeper. (Fiction. 13-18)"
The lives of three high schoolers become deeply entangled around the birth of a child. Read full book review >
HOW IT FEELS TO FLY by Kathryn Holmes
Released: June 14, 2016

"Less about ballet than about therapy, but interesting nevertheless. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Samantha dreams of becoming a professional ballerina like her mom, but her body is changing into one that the ballet world will not accept. Read full book review >
THE BALLAD OF A BROKEN NOSE by Arne Svingen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Lovely and profound. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A boy in a small Norwegian city comes into his own socially and artistically in this import. Read full book review >
PROJECT (UN)POPULAR by Kristen Tracy
Released: June 14, 2016

"(Un)successful. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When Anya, the stylish and popular yearbook editor, insists that all of the photos feature Rocky Mount Middle School's most popular students, best friends Perry and Venice are determined to make sure the yearbook is for everyone, not just the beautiful people. 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 >