ATTACK OF THE ALIEN HORDE by Robert Venditti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Phrases like 'comic-book villain' are sometimes used to describe cardboard characters, but actual comic books tend to be more sophisticated than that. Readers may prefer them to this surprisingly bland novel. (Adventure. 9-12)"
This comic-book-style adventure is not a subtle book. Read full book review >
THE SIGN OF THE CAT by Lynne Jonell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Intriguing, well-drawn characters, evocatively described settings, plenty of action, and touches of humor combine to create an utterly satisfying adventure. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The ability to communicate with cats allows young Duncan McKay to survive an abduction, rescue a lost princess, and triumph over a wily enemy. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT WE SAID YES by Lauren Gibaldi
Released: June 16, 2015

"In the end, there are few surprises in this coming-of-age novel, but readers looking for a light but meaningful summer romance will engage with it effortlessly. (Romance. 13-18)"
A story of first love lost and possibly found again is told in chapters alternating between the present and a year in the past. Read full book review >
GET DIRTY by Gretchen McNeil
Released: June 16, 2015

"For committed fans of the first book only. (Suspense. 12-16)"
A secret society faces a threat greater than discovery: death. Read full book review >
WE WILL BE CRASHING SHORTLY by Hollis Gillespie
Released: June 15, 2015

"Despite turbulence, an amusing airline-industry thriller that informs as it entertains. (Thriller. 12-16)"
The sequel to Unaccompanied Minor (2014) delivers another round of in-the-air shenanigans for would-be airline heiress April Mae Manning.Read full book review >

THE SAGA OF GUDRID THE FAR-TRAVELER by Nancy Marie Brown
Released: June 15, 2015

"Well-written, thoroughly researched and adventure-filled, this story of a determined and very human young woman is timeless. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
A story inspired by medieval Icelandic sagas tells the life of Gudrid, a Viking woman who lived 1,000 years ago and whose life Brown told for adults in The Far Traveler (2007). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Readers looking for a clear picture of 'modern history's best-known evil ruler and murderer' or the course of World War II in general would be far better off skipping this knockoff for some of the well-chosen titles recommended at the end. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
O'Reilly reconstitutes his Killing Patton (2014) for younger audiences with a grabbier title, lightly massaged extracts from the original, and additional period photographs.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 >
THE DRAGON LANTERN by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Gratz has plenty of fun with his alternate history, but returning readers will notice that the dark is definitely rising. (map) (Fantasy/steampunk. 11-13)"
The company of heroes destined to battle the immortal Mangleborn continues to assemble in a middle volume that blurs the line between the good guys and the bad further. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT MY SUCCESS by Dyan Sheldon
Released: June 9, 2015

"Constantly funny, splendidly witty: a bull's-eye. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A struggling waitress trades places with a spoiled-brat TV star in this comedy. Read full book review >
RAISING RUFUS by David Fulk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Readers will cheer for Martin and Rufus in this funny twist on a boy-and-his-dog story. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A frozen egg holds a surprising pet for a lonely boy. Read full book review >
CASSIDY'S GUIDE TO EVERYDAY ETIQUETTE (AND OBFUSCATION) by Sue Stauffacher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"This intermittently funny book offers likable characters, but it lacks Stauffacher's customary expert touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
To her horror, an 11-year-old tomboy prankster is forced to take an etiquette class and learn the rules of polite society. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >