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 >
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 >
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 >