MOVE IT, MISS MACINTOSH! by Peggy Robbins Janousky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 13, 2016

"A nicely diverse addition to the teacher-doesn't-want-to-go-to-school shelf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Miss Macintosh does not want to go to school.Read full book review >
PRINCESS EASY PLEASY by Natasha Sharma
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"A lighthearted suggestion that 'When in Rome…' is a salutary approach anywhere in the world. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A comically misnamed Indian princess ruins a series of family vacations. Read full book review >

PAINTING IN THE DARK by Rachelle Burk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Despite bumps, informative as well as inspiring. (afterword) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
An illuminating portrait of a self-taught Turkish artist who, despite being blind from birth, has become an internationally known painter. Read full book review >
FEROCIOUS FLUFFITY by Erica S. Perl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 19, 2016

"Another crowd pleaser from the creators of Chicken Butt! (2009). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A pet hamster comes to Room 2-D: So cute! So fluffy! So…toothy. Read full book review >
THE SUN AND THE MOON by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A glowing liftoff for any child's interest in matters astronomical. (further reading, website) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Fledgling readers curious about the lights in the sky will get an eyeful of the two brightest ones from this new entry in the venerable nonfiction series. Read full book review >

HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A watertight addition to the venerable Let's Read and Find Out collection. (websites) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
A straightforward dive into the watery abyss, with passing views of some select exotic residents. Read full book review >
A NEW CLASS by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Typical middle school experiences for young Padawans, featuring crushes, quizzes, and food fights highlighted by a climactic lightsaber duel in the hallway. (Graphic science fiction. 8-12)"
A midterm transfer to the Jedi Academy campus on Coruscant not only supercharges Victor Starspeeder's dreams of becoming a Jedi Knight, but teaches him how to tell bad friends from good. Read full book review >
MY DAD USED TO BE SO COOL by Keith Negley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Yes, he sure is. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A child suspects that his pops was once pretty cool and wonders what changed. Read full book review >
THE RIDDLEMASTER by Kevin Crossley-Holland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A jewel box for lovers of stories, filled with riddles and allusions that will test, but not daunt, even younger readers. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Three children board a ferry to a nearby island—but to pay the fare must answer seven riddles posed by a boatload of strangely familiar creatures. Read full book review >
SEVEN AND A HALF TONS OF STEEL by Janet Nolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A deeply felt but not overwrought telling of a story that will be new to most young readers. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A reverent account of the creation of a seagoing 9/11 memorial fashioned by incorporating part of one of the fallen towers into the hull of a Navy ship. Read full book review >
MACAVITY! by T.S. Eliot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Young readers won't need to know the story's literary origins, they'll just enjoy the romp of a conniving cat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Here's another rerun from T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Read full book review >
A SQUIGGLY STORY by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This book offers a fine mirror for brown boys who aspire to write, but it's also a great pro-literacy story for all children about brown kids who hold reading and writing in high regard.(Picture book. 4-8)"
A positive tale of how a story can emerge organically from an inkling of an idea to an imaginative literary excursion—even at the hands of preliterate kids. 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 >