AN AFTER BEDTIME STORY by Shoham Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A delightful tale for young readers who don't want to go to bed. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Much to their parents' dismay, two siblings crash an adults-only party. Read full book review >
BOB AND FLO PLAY HIDE-AND-SEEK by Rebecca Ashdown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Not as ridiculous, or as funny, as the first. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Those lovable, naïve preschool penguins are back, this time learning the basics of hide-and-seek. Read full book review >

IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO TO THE BEACH, DON'T! by Elise Parsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A delightful demonstration of just one of many things not to take to the beach; the brainstorming possibilities are endless. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The voice of experience (about alligators at school) this time deals with her inability to leave her beloved piano at home while visiting the beach. Read full book review >
TIME STOPPERS by Carrie Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Longer than necessary but effervescent, funny, and genuine. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Two neglected kids find a sparkly, magical community and great evil in small-town Maine. Read full book review >
MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP by Heather Vogel Frederick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"It's all innocent fun for summer campers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Five college-bound friends spend their last summer together as counselors in a girls' camp, coping with homesick little girls. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A riveting and highly moving dog story that's marred by clumsy design. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Judy, an English pointer caught up in World War II, formed a solid bond with a young British airman, Frank Williams, and exhibited remarkable heroism. Read full book review >
INTO THE WILD by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Long may these clueless chicks cluck! (Mystery. 6-10)"
Barbara has built a mysterious box in the backyard near the coop; what dangerous creature lurks within? Read full book review >
SWING SIDEWAYS by Nanci Turner Steveson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Too much telling, not enough truth. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An anxious girl makes a mysterious summer friendship in this middle-grade debut. Read full book review >
IT AIN'T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL by Firoozeh Dumas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"On her own journey to maturity, Cindy deftly guides young readers through Iran's complicated realities in this fresh take on the immigrant experience—authentic, funny, and moving from beginning to end. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
After a rocky start, Cindy (Zomorod to her parents) finds a comfortable niche in her California middle school until political upheaval and revolution in Iran reach the United States, threatening her future and her family's safety. Read full book review >
TOO BIG TO HIDE by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"The plot thickens in this easy-reading follow-up. (Science fantasy. 7-9)"
The live dinosaur that "future paleontologist" Frank Mudd helped to hatch in series opener A Mysterious Egg (2016) gets a companion in this helter-skelter sequel.Read full book review >
LILY AND DUNKIN by Donna Gephart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Gephart's compassion is noble, but it's not enough to make Lily's story resonate. (resources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Lily is trans and is facing puberty, which will make her look less than herself than she does now, while new kid Dunkin's manic impulsiveness makes him a misfit; though they click immediately, life gets complicated. Read full book review >
FEASTS OF FURY by Eric Colossal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Amusing but bland, this graphic novel works better as a snack than as a meal. (Graphic adventure. 8-11)"
Traveling chef Rutabaga and his magical cooking-pot companion, Pot, continue to journey the world in search of new ingredients. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >