THE WIENER STRIKES BACK by Max Brallier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Total fluff, often making not a lick of sense (in a good way), this will satisfy the appetites of fans of the first—but reading that first is a must (or there will be fewer licks of sense). (Graphic/science-fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
The proprietors of Galactic Hot Dogs return for more evil-bashing high jinks aboard the Neon Weiner.Read full book review >
FLORA AND THE PEACOCKS by Molly Idle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Design, engineering, and art intersect to deliver a virtuoso interpretation of the pitfalls and pleasures of triads. (Picture book. 3-7)"
While Idle's previous titles (Flora and the Flamingo, 2013, etc.) feature her young, white dancer with a single avian partner, this story presents a pas de trois. Read full book review >

BE GLAD YOUR DAD...(IS NOT AN OCTOPUS!) by Matthew Logelin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"This tries too hard to be funny…and misses. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pair of siblings explores the reasons why a dad of another species would be way worse than the dad they have now. Read full book review >
GATOR DAD by Brian Lies
by Brian Lies, illustrated by Brian Lies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Dads, squeeze the day with your own children just as this one does. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A gator dad and his three hatchlings "squeeze the day" they have together. Read full book review >
TRUNK TO TRUNKLET by Jorge Luján
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Striking, retro-looking artwork cannot save the stumbling verses. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This Mexican import explores the many ways animal moms take care of their babies. Read full book review >

WHOSE STORY IS THIS, ANYWAY? by Mike Flaherty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"It seems like the question isn't 'whose story is it?' at book's end, but what other stories might have arisen through these characters? (Picture book. 4-6)"
A metafictive text introduces a bevy of exciting characters. Read full book review >
CAMP DORK by Beth Vrabel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Honest, funny, and entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Most of the titular gang from Pack of Dorks (2014) is off to spend two weeks at seriously-roughing-it-style Camp Paleo. Sadly, Lucy's not-a-boyfriend, Sam, is going to gymnastics camp instead.Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"There is both solace and inspiration in these 11 heroes, but it doesn't take much to imagine that for each of them, there were dozens who didn't get the break. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Stories of 11 athletes overcoming adversity to become the cream of their sports, from Wall Street Journal writer Zuckerman and his two sons. Read full book review >
WHOOSH! by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A delightfully child-friendly and painfully necessary diversification of the science field. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
A tinkering African-American boy grows up to become the inventor of a very popular toy. Read full book review >
THIS IS NOT A PICTURE BOOK by Sergio Ruzzier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"This is a (great) picture book! (Picture book. 4-8)"
A metafictive delight of a picture book. Read full book review >
AWESOME 8 by Jen Agresta
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Unabashed edutainment, not deep but glossy as that iceberg's surface. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Shaved-down lists of, as the authors put it, "everything the world has to offer," stocked with eye-widening photos and other embellishments. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >