TUNIIT by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A valuable introduction to a vanished North American people, told with nuance, engagement, and rue. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Before the Inuit came to the Arctic, there were the Tuniit. Read full book review >
SCHOOL FOR SIDEKICKS by Kelly McCullough
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Leaps the tottering stack of similar 'sidekick' novels in a single bound. (Superhero fantasy. 11-13)"
Disquieting revelations await a fledgling teenager at superhero school. Read full book review >

THE WILD ONES by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Bold deeds, betrayals, and buffoonery kick off this series with gusto. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
Treacherous urban pets try to renege on an ancient deal with the wild residents of a city alleyway, and a young raccoon finds himself caught in the middle in this all-animal dramedy. Read full book review >
SEEING IS BELIEVING by Gareth Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Visually appealing starter volumes for readers who take pleasure in giving their powers of perception and deduction a workout. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A slender but diverse gallery of line and color illusions, with bright, crisply printed graphics. Read full book review >
FUZZY MUD by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An exciting story of school life, friends, and bullies that becomes a quick meditation on the promise and dangers of modern science. (Speculative fiction. 8-12)"
When fifth-grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh-grader Marshall Walsh cut through the woods to avoid school bully Chad Hilligas, they unwittingly set off a chain of events that threatens global catastrophe. Read full book review >

THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A paint-by-numbers effort to market a spinoff that's likely to be equally ephemeral. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a prequel to an upcoming Disney Channel film, the offspring of four familiar villains bond in an effort to impress their evil parents. Read full book review >
FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella
Released: June 9, 2015

"An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Audrey, 14, is on a long, slow upswing from disabling anxiety disorders that resulted from the vicious abuse of bullies at school. Read full book review >
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 >
BINNY IN SECRET by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"There's never a dull moment in the Cornwallis household—nor one not rich with love and laughter. Fans of Binny for Short (2013) will welcome this second chance to look in on the commotion. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Newly arrived in a small Cornish town, 12-year-old Binny Cornwallis struggles to find her footing as disasters and mysteries pile up inexorably. Read full book review >
RED CLOUD'S WAR by Paul Goble
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2015

"An exciting tale, rousingly told. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Fighting to preserve Oglala Sioux territory northwest of Fort Laramie, in modern-day Wyoming, war chief Red Cloud routs a band of 80 soldiers in 1866. Read full book review >
NOBLE WARRIOR by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Released: July 21, 2015

"A sequel that destroys the goodwill established by its predecessor. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A teenage mixed martial arts genius works covert ops for the U.S. government. Read full book review >
EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone
Released: June 16, 2015

"Clueless meets Dead Poets Society with a whopping final twist. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Spa days. VIP concert tickets. The envy of the girls in the lunchroom. Sixteen-year-old Samantha and her friends, the Crazy Eights, have it all—at least, that's what Samantha has always let everyone believe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >