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 >
SOMEWHERE AMONG by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A tender piece about connectedness. (Verse historical fiction. 9-12)"
During her mother's difficult pregnancy, Ema and her parents move in with her Japanese grandparents. Read full book review >
AN ARMADILLO IN NEW YORK by Julie Kraulis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A fun trip to the Big Apple. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An intrepid armadillo feels that special itch that tweaks his curiosity and leads him to new places. Read full book review >
THE ALL-POWERFUL RING by John Bemelmans Marciano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A fresh and pleasing Continental sojourn for chapter-book readers. (map, historical note) (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Primo is sure that the gold ring he finds in a fish's stomach must have magical powers. But what are they? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 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 >