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 >
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 >

LUCKY FEW by Kathryn Ormsbee
Released: June 7, 2016

"A sweet story told with intelligence, humor, and just the right amount of kissing. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Three Austin, Texas, teenagers push the boundaries of death and friendship and discover how far they're willing to go to find meaning in their lives. Read full book review >
THE WOLF'S BOY by Susan Williams Beckhorn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"This bracing, well-told story, laced with themes of self-responsibility, compassion, and honor, is both vital and nourishing. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Sometime in prehistory, a crippled boy and his wolf companion face coming-of-age challenges. Read full book review >
EVERY SINGLE SECOND by Tricia  Springstubb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"With an engaging protagonist, a fast-moving story, important themes subtly conveyed, and touches of humor, this is a richly layered story that will have wide appeal. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Nella's worldview widens amid a tangle of emotions in this coming-of-age exploration of time and change. Read full book review >

WHEN FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED ME HOME by Paul Griffin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Entrancing, magical, tragic, and uplifting. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A former foster child deals with love and loss and love again. Read full book review >
ROCKS FALL EVERYONE DIES by Lindsay Ribar
Released: June 7, 2016

"A fresh and substantive story about family, love, and deciding who you want to be in the world. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
A teenage boy learns that the power to steal people's innermost feelings is both a blessing and curse. Read full book review >
THE GREAT WHITE SHARK SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"This appreciative introduction to a much-maligned species will thrill readers while it encourages them to see great white sharks in a new way. (maps, bibliography, Web resources, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
"They're laid back. They're calm. They're beautiful." Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH WISH by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Hopeful, empathetic, and unusually enlightening. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this novel-length riff on "The Fisherman and His Wife," when Charlie goes ice fishing with pal Drew and his nana, she catches a fish who says it will grant her wishes in return for its release. Read full book review >
GRAYLING'S SONG by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite her self-doubt, Grayling is cut from the same cloth as the author's other sturdy heroines, but she is also an entirely original and endearing character that readers will cheer on as she seeks to save her mother and return her world to rights. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A timid young girl must venture out into the wider world in an effort to find allies and save her mother from malignant magic. Read full book review >
MAYDAY by Karen Harrington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"A fine character-driven tale that slowly grows to a crescendo of satisfaction. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After surviving a plane crash, Wayne has plenty to cope with. Read full book review >
OUTRUN THE MOON by Stacey Lee
Released: May 24, 2016

"Propelled by a feisty and fabulous heroine, Lee's sophomore novel is powerful, evocative, and thought-provoking. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
Leading up to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, ambitious Mercy Wong talks her way out of Chinatown and into an elite boarding school. 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 >