WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A MUNCH AND A CRUNCH by Emma J. Virján
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Nitpicking aside, schools and libraries should plan on picnicking with this pig in a wig. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Super silliness helps new readers practice. Read full book review >
BEARD BOY by John Flannery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Comically charming, this one-of-a-kind story celebrates the unique bond that connects father, son, and facial hair. A refreshing cut for young readers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this illustrated ode to the beard, an impatient son seeks to invent and claim a beard of his own to connect with the cool brush of his father. Read full book review >

SAVE ME A SEAT by Sarah Weeks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A novel treatment of a familiar situation delivered with fizz and aplomb. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A refreshing spin on a story about fitting in and overcoming obstacles features two viewpoints written by two authors. Read full book review >
THE FAMILY FLETCHER TAKES ROCK ISLAND by Dana Alison Levy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"An old-fashioned summer adventure set in a very modern world, this lively family tale will leave readers impatient for more. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Even on historic Rock Island, "Where Time Stands Still," things change. Read full book review >
CAMP ROLLING HILLS by Stacy Davidowitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"The author's love for camp shines through, and although this novel will likely have a narrow appeal, it's a strong choice for first-time campers and for those who find camp and its rituals delightful. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An anxious boy and a grieving girl on the cusp of adolescence find nascent love at Camp Rolling Hills, a summer camp steeped in its own mythology and culture. Read full book review >

LOOK OUT FOR THE FITZGERALD-TROUTS by Esta Spalding
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Here's hoping subsequent volumes find a better balance. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Four children of complicated parentage live in a car on a tropical island and hunt for a place to call home. Read full book review >
THE DRAKE EQUATION by Bart King
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"An overstuffed, messy sci-fi narrative whose saving grace is an enjoyable main character. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
After finding a mysterious puck-shaped object in the woods, a young bird-watcher must play the hero—and at times fail—in this adventure. Read full book review >
A FAIRY FRIEND by Sue Fliess
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Enchanting stuff for lovers of fairies. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl and her dog follow a series of recommended procedures from a book about fairies in order to find a fairy companion for the girl. Read full book review >
RATTLESTILTSKIN by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"This adaptation is uneven, fluctuating between clever—the story's title—and pedestrian—the tale itself. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Kimmel's Southwestern take on "Rumpelstiltskin" kicks off when the protagonist's mother brags of her gifted daughter to all her friends. Read full book review >
CIRCLE by Jeannie Baker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A visually striking account of godwit migration—pair it with Sandra Markle's similar but more concrete The Long, Long Journey (2013), illustrated by Mia Posada. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Baker (Mirror, 2010, etc.) turns her eye to a story that parallels the migration of the godwit with a white, wheelchair-using child who wishes for flight. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT UNICORN by Pearl E. Horne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"For unicorn die-hards only—and they'll have to brush their teeth after. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A celebration of unicorns falls squarely under the heading of "camp" in this latest takeoff on Margaret Wise Brown's best known work. Read full book review >
THE AIRPORT BOOK by Lisa Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Instructional, comforting, and threaded with multiple air-travel story strands, this travelogue delivers at many altitudes. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This good-humored introduction to air travel follows a multiracial family (black dad, white mom, two brown kids) through the airport, down the jetway, and onto their plane. 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 >