LIZBETH LOU GOT A ROCK IN HER SHOE by Troy Howell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Despite the issues with the limping narrative, the illustrations successfully hold the story together while conjuring a wistful air of yesteryear. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A stone in a child's shoe triggers an avalanche of small misfortunes. Read full book review >
PRETTY MINNIE IN HOLLYWOOD by Danielle Steel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Fluffy and shallow but sweet, with an exuberant effect, from the sparking glitter on the cover to the cast party with 'Pupcake Cupcakes' at the end. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A white French girl named Françoise takes her tiny dog along when she accompanies her fashion-designer mother to Hollywood to work on a movie in this second series outing (Pretty Minnie in Paris, 2014). Read full book review >

I LOVE CAKE! by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A lesson in sharing that goes down as easily as, well, cake. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pig of a moose learns how to make it up to his friends when he missteps. Read full book review >
ONE DAY IN THE EUCALYPTUS, EUCALYPTUS TREE by Daniel Bernstrom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Marvelous fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A dark-skinned "boy with a whirly-twirly toy" skips through the forest, unaware of the snake lurking in the eucalyptus tree. Read full book review >
THE CHAMELEON THAT SAVED NOAH'S ARK by Yael Molchadsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"This delightful narrative balances respect for tradition with inviting, accessible storytelling; a very well-executed debut for children and an appealing addition to family reading time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this charming extension of a well-known Bible story, Noah, Na'ama, and the family must discover what chameleons feed on. Read full book review >

DIANA'S WHITE HOUSE GARDEN by Elisa Carbone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"An important piece of our history brought down to a child's level. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Based on a true story, Carbone's story shines a light on the little girl who became the face of the first White House victory garden. Read full book review >
THE SECRET DESTINY OF PIXIE PIPER by Annabelle Fisher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Middle-grade readers will enjoy this book with its hints of magic, well-limned characters, and that totally appealing gosling. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The oddball star of this engaging fantasy slowly comes to believe her unusual character and strange powers come from her distant relationship to Mother Goose. Read full book review >
WORLDS EXPLODE by Shane Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Start with the first (because it's so much fun) and finish anticipating the next. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Last of the Legend Hunters, Finn may be doomed to destroy two worlds—or just to wear a kitty T-shirt for eternity. Read full book review >
CLASH OF THE WORLDS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Generally, an enjoyable book with high stakes and a solid ending, despite the mushy middle. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Following the 2013 death of co-author Vizzini, Rylander joins the team for the conclusion to the book-world-hopping House of Secrets series. 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 >
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 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 >