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WHY DOGS HAVE WET NOSES by Kenneth Steven
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Sheer delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fanciful retelling of the story of Noah and the Ark doubles as a pourquoi tale. Read full book review >
ARCTIC ANIMALS by Inhabit Media
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"A basic but effective read. (Board book, 18-24 months)"
Little readers get a primer on arctic critters. Read full book review >

A+ FOR BIG BEN by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"A+ for Big Ben earns only a C-. (Board book. 2-3)"
Ellis and LaFave's charming Big Ben (2001) is adapted into a board-book format. Read full book review >
ON THE SHOULDER OF A GIANT by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Kids will readily warm to this gentle giant from the frozen North. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
"Inukpak was huge, even for a giant." Read full book review >
UNCERTAIN SOLDIER by Karen Bass
Released: July 1, 2015

"The story's complexity and the believably depicted historical setting help to compensate for this coming-of-age tale's unevenness. (Historical fiction. 11-18)"
Reluctant German soldier Erich, just 17 and part English—a fact he carefully conceals—has been incarcerated in a Canadian prisoner-of-war camp since recovering from injuries sustained when his ship sunk. Read full book review >

BLACK PLUS by Annette Tamarkin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Paper at play, designed to appeal as much to touch as to the eye. Both toddlers and budding paper artists may be drawn in. (Pop-up picture book. 2-4)"
Lifting a flap brings bright color and visual surprises to plain silhouettes in this wordless outing from a Belgian paper artist. Read full book review >
PAPA'S BACKPACK by James Christopher Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Heart-deep comfort for children of deployed soldiers, with resplendent illustrations. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Papa has gone for a soldier, and in poetic language, a bear cub imagines going along. Read full book review >
ELIMINATION by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"The political intrigue seems barely to keep up with real-life electioneering in the Land of Lincoln this season. The best gift to series fans is the hope that Dev will end up with a woman who accepts him warts and all."
An Illinois Congresswoman caught in a tough re-election campaign narrowly survives what's clearly an attempt on her life. Or is it? Read full book review >
DEATH AT DOVECOTE HATCH by Dorothy Cannell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in Florence's second case, a charming reminder of all the country house murders of Britain's golden age."
A quiet British village hardly seems the place for a murder, much less two. Read full book review >
SILENT RUNNING by Pauline Rowson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"Rowson's series debut is action-packed, but not different enough from the Horton oeuvre to provide any new take on crime on England's south seacoast."
The creator of DI Andy Horton (Shroud of Evil, 2014, etc.) launches a new series straight into the River Solent.Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER by Cathy Ace
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"In a change from her Cait Morgan series (The Corpse with the Platinum Hair, 2014, etc.), Ace introduces a pleasantly quirky set of detectives who have their own diverse methods of crime-solving."
A stately home provides the backdrop for a modern mystery. Read full book review >
THE CONFESSORS' CLUB by Jack Fredrickson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"The most densely woven of Dek's five cases to date, even though you may lose track of who's dead and who's not long before Fredrickson sounds the last trumpet."
Unlicensed Chicago shamus Dek Elstrom struggles to protect a man all too close to him who does his very best to fight any trace of protection. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >