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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
SNAIL AND SLUG by Denys Cazet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"The beginning of a beautiful gastropod friendship; similar to watching the protagonists in action in real life. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A snail with a Tardis-like shell proves that her heart is just as big. Read full book review >
SAMANTHASAURUS REX by B.B. Mandell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Skip this one, and choose instead something featuring both a strong, resourceful girl and a story worthy of her. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A plucky dinosaur uses her brains and creativity to save her family from a fiery volcano. Read full book review >
THERE IS A TRIBE OF KIDS by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Smith soars in this earnest, meditative work about longing, the joy of interaction, and family. Absolutely radiant. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lone child explores the natural world and its many animal tribes, collective noun by collective noun, ultimately finding a place of belonging. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Good for browsing—with the potential for launching readers into further investigation. (glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Tackling the hows and whys of six kinds of animal movement, Jenkins and Page present 46 creatures in paper collages against crisp white backgrounds. Read full book review >
THE HOLE STORY OF THE DOUGHNUT by Pat Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Delicious! (period photograph, author's note, timeline, selected bibliography of adult sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Miller shares the true story of the invention of the doughnut with the hole in its center. Read full book review >
SUITE FOR HUMAN NATURE by Diane Charlotte Lampert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"It is an earned triumph when Love prevails. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A gentle parable of how Mother Nature introduced human foibles and strengths to the world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >