EXTREME BATTLEFIELDS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"A bit unfocused but unusual of theme and gratifyingly broad of both historical and geographical scope. (bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Ten tales of wartime peril and heroism during huge storms, amid trackless mountains, and in the face of other natural barriers and disasters. Read full book review >
SCAM ON THE CAM by Clémentine Beauvais
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"Readers who have come this far with the series will find themselves giggling over Sesame's good-natured bossiness and her impressive snooping skills. (Fiction. 7-11)"
That precocious sleuth on roller skates, Sophie "Sesame" Seade, attempts to track down the source of the bug that is making the Cambridge rowing team sick on the eve of its race with Oxford. Read full book review >

MAYA by Mahak Jain
Kirkus Star
by Mahak Jain, illustrated by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"Jain and MacKay's story and art work seamlessly to convey an important and subtle story of love, loss, beauty, and joy. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A young girl and her mother soothe themselves to sleep during a power outage in modern urban India, despite how sorely they both miss Maya's dead Papa. Read full book review >
WORMS FOR BREAKFAST by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"With fascinating facts and a lively design, this is a surprisingly nourishing treat. (glossary, puzzle answers, index) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Monkey chow, mealworm mush, and predator popsicles, yum yum. Read full book review >
HALF-TRUTHS AND BRAZEN LIES by Kira Vermond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"Yes, sometimes lies grease the wheels—'society would collapse if we told the truth all the time,' say some experts. You wouldn't want that to happen, so let Vermond be your guide. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
We all lie. We can't help it. Read full book review >

SEEKING CASSANDRA by Lutricia Clifton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"An unexpectedly deep mystery with plenty of talking points. (Mystery. 8-12)"
While she's playing detective to find three ancient Plano arrowheads, sheltered 12-year-old Cassie is also gathering clues about life. Read full book review >
FRANK AND LAVERNE by Dave Whamond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"Frankly, Frank and Laverne don't have too much to offer beyond the two-sided format gimmick. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Dogs and cats have different perspectives on the world, a dichotomy explored in this humorous tale retelling the same story from two different viewpoints. Read full book review >
OUR FATHER by Rainer Oberthür
by Rainer Oberthür, illustrated by Barbara Nascimbeni, translated by Bob Gaudet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 13, 2016

"This appealing interpretation will be useful in Protestant families and church settings as well as in larger library collections. (Religion/picture book. 5-10)"
First published in Germany, this interpretation of the Protestant Lord's Prayer offers line-by-line commentary on the prayer Jesus taught his followers. Read full book review >
OLLIE'S ODYSSEY by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Velveteen Rabbit and Toy Story meet Phantom of the Opera. For better or worse. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A cloth "teddy rabbit" and his beloved boy rescue one another from a toy clown gone bad. Read full book review >
DEATH IS STUPID by Anastasia Higginbotham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"'We don't get to keep everyone we love who has ever lived. But we do get to remember them': so true. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Observations, advice, comfort, and ways of thinking about one of life's "ordinary terrible things." Read full book review >
WATER WOW! by Antonia Banyard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Refreshing and essential, like its subject. (source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
An effervescent dive into water's nature, use, misuse, and conservation. Read full book review >
YOU GOT THIS! by Maya S. Penn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"There's no doubt Maya will continue to change the world for the better, and those who can follow her advice might have a shot at joining forces. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
If every teenager were as together as author Penn, the world would be a much different place. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >