BOOK OF DRAGONS by Patricia Saxton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Though flashy at first glance, barely a glimmer next to Dugald Steer's Dragonology (2003) or Graeme Base's Discovery of Dragons (1996). (Informational fantasy. 10-12)"
Scaly monsters preen, glower fiercely, and soar grandly in this introduction to dragon kind and care. Read full book review >
KNIT, HOOK, AND SPIN by Laurie Carlson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Tear up your T-shirts, unravel old sweaters, warm up your fingers, and create some handcrafted fun for yourself, for friends, and for those in need of small comforts. (note to adults) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Nimble fingers can learn how to felt, spin, weave, knit, and crochet a wide variety of wearable and useful objects. Read full book review >

THE BLACK NORTH by Nigel McDowell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Ambitious and engaging. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old twins Oona and Morris Kavanagh join the Cause to fight the Invaders from the Black North and defend their home from the evil that threatens to sweep across the land. Read full book review >
MISSION: PANDA RESCUE by Kitson Jazynka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Heaping helpings of eye candy for panda lovers. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A trove of panda portraits lights up a survey of international efforts to increase the populations and conserve the habitats of this most photogenic of animals. Read full book review >
SHAHANA by Rosanne Hawke
Released: June 1, 2016

"An informative and effective work of contemporary fiction. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A girl lives in Azad Kashmir with her younger brother following the deaths of the rest of her family due to border violence in this novel, part of the UNICEF-produced Through My Eyes series. Read full book review >

SWORD IN THE STACKS by Jen Swann Downey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Never a dull moment in this lybrary school. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Dorrie's quest to join the heroic lybrarians in protecting intellectual freedom in all times and climes takes her literally and figuratively from Passaic, New Jersey, into deadly waters in this madcap sequel to The Accidental Keyhand (2014). Read full book review >
RELENTLESS by Tera Lynn Childs
Released: June 3, 2016

"Even the snogging doesn't generate much heat in this cliché-ridden climax. (Romantic thriller. 12-15)"
With occasional timeouts to lock lips, underdog villains heroically turn the tables on a villainous hero in this sequel and (likely) closer to Powerless (2015). Read full book review >
OEDIPUS by Yvan Pommaux
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"A well-wrought and edifying adaptation. (Graphic mythology. 8-12)"
Reimagined through a hybrid picture-book/comics lens, Oedipus meets his cataclysmic fate. 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 >
BREAK ME LIKE A PROMISE by Tiffany  Schmidt
Released: June 7, 2016

"A passably successful story about a woman who needs to let go of her past to accept her future. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Magnolia Grace has to decide whom she's going to be loyal to in a time of intense transition—her family, her family's business, or herself. Read full book review >
THE BOY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN by John Boyne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Chilling, difficult, and definitely not for readers without a solid understanding of the Holocaust despite the relatively simple reading level. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
A young boy grows up in Adolf Hitler's mountain home in Austria. Read full book review >
THE BEST WORST THING by Kathleen Lane
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"A tender, sober portrait of a middle schooler with OCD. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Scary things are happening, but Maggie can protect everyone if she gets her ritualized recitations right. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >