THE UNDERDOGS by Sara Hammel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"The novel is absorbing and enjoyable, but readers' feelings about this oddball mystery/life-transformation hybrid will depend on whether they're delighted or annoyed by the surprise ending. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Best friends try to figure out who murdered a pretty 16-year-old girl at a tennis club. Read full book review >
THE LOST REALM by J.D. Rinehart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"This middle volume may make a zany-if-dark pulp TV movie, but as a novel, it's only for high-fantasy addicts. (Fantasy. 11-12)"
In the sequel to Crown of Three (2015, with the author writing as J.D. Blackthorn), three young, white rulers-to-be fight undead hordes while trying to regain their inheritance.Read full book review >

ARGOS by Ralph Hardy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"An unfortunate choice of narration robs this epic tale of its power. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The epic tale of The Odyssey is told from the point of view of Odysseus' faithful dog, Argos.Read full book review >
SPY TO THE RESCUE by Jonathan Bernstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Over-the-top action that will keep readers turning pages. (Adventure. 9-12)"
During her attempt to save her father, a teen spy uncovers an assassination plot. Read full book review >
SOMEBODY STOP IVY POCKET by Caleb Krisp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Please, nobody stop Ivy Pocket. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Everyone's favorite maid of mass destruction is back, so baddies beware! Read full book review >

THE STORY CIRCLE / EL CIRCULO DE CUENTOS by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"This fully bilingual title is marginal at best—not recommended. (Bilingual picture book. 5-9)"
After a storm floods their school, a group of racially diverse children is left with no books. Read full book review >
STICKS & STONES by Sarah Mlynowski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Appealing, warmhearted, and magical. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Nory and her friends are misfits in an alternate universe (Upside-Down Magic, 2015) where everyone has a magical talent. Read full book review >
THE BIG MOVE by Lindsey Leavitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A frisky adventure not at all weighed down by the timely doses of local history folded in. (Fiction. 7-9)"
An all-too-close encounter with the new president's children and their "c-a-t" nearly spells disaster for two White House mice in this history-laced series opener. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE THREE KINGS / EL CASO DE LOS REYES MAGOS by Alidis Vicente
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A mystery serving as a gateway into Puerto Rican culture, traditions, and panorama, narrated by a one-of-a-kind Latina gumshoe. (Bilingual mystery. 8-12)"
Precocious self-styled Detective Flaca returns, now 11 years old, in a mystery set in Puerto Rico. Read full book review >
THE FERRYLAND VISITOR by Charis Cotter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"An interesting, mysterious story with memorable illustrations. (author's note, publisher's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
This slightly spooky tale, based on a true story, recalls a mysterious visitor to the Squires family, who were living in a lighthouse in Newfoundland in the 1970s. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >