THE INQUISITION by Taran Matharu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A fast-paced, familiar tale with strong echoes of Tolkien, Pullman, and Pokémon. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
An underdog and his unlikely companions go to war in this sequel to The Novice (2015). Read full book review >
PAINTING IN THE DARK by Rachelle Burk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Despite bumps, informative as well as inspiring. (afterword) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
An illuminating portrait of a self-taught Turkish artist who, despite being blind from birth, has become an internationally known painter. Read full book review >

HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A watertight addition to the venerable Let's Read and Find Out collection. (websites) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
A straightforward dive into the watery abyss, with passing views of some select exotic residents. Read full book review >
THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH by Claire Fayers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A robust debut, well stocked with heroic exploits, monsters, pirates, explosions, magical transformations, and life-changing adventures, and a promising series starter. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
For two young fugitives, being captured by pirates is only the first step in an epic quest for a fabled trove of gold and magic. Read full book review >
NEXT ROUND by John Spray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2016

"Readers will marvel at Biyarslanov's resilience and pluck. (Biography. 10-14)"
No one chooses to be a refugee from a war-torn homeland, but if that is the hand you are dealt, try Arthur Biyarslanov's approach. Read full book review >

A NEW CLASS by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2016

"Typical middle school experiences for young Padawans, featuring crushes, quizzes, and food fights highlighted by a climactic lightsaber duel in the hallway. (Graphic science fiction. 8-12)"
A midterm transfer to the Jedi Academy campus on Coruscant not only supercharges Victor Starspeeder's dreams of becoming a Jedi Knight, but teaches him how to tell bad friends from good. Read full book review >
MY DAD USED TO BE SO COOL by Keith Negley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Yes, he sure is. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A child suspects that his pops was once pretty cool and wonders what changed. Read full book review >
THE RIDDLEMASTER by Kevin Crossley-Holland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A jewel box for lovers of stories, filled with riddles and allusions that will test, but not daunt, even younger readers. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Three children board a ferry to a nearby island—but to pay the fare must answer seven riddles posed by a boatload of strangely familiar creatures. Read full book review >
SEVEN AND A HALF TONS OF STEEL by Janet Nolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A deeply felt but not overwrought telling of a story that will be new to most young readers. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A reverent account of the creation of a seagoing 9/11 memorial fashioned by incorporating part of one of the fallen towers into the hull of a Navy ship. Read full book review >
DOLLARS & SENSE by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An informative primer on how money functions that doesn't trigger the dismal science's snooze button. (glossary, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A sporty guide to the wide, weird world of money. Read full book review >
THE <i>LEFT-HANDED FATE</i> by Kate Milford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rich and strange of place and premise; suspenseful and thought-provoking. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
An ancient inscription and a handful of inscrutable artifacts plunge three young people into both the War of 1812 and a much larger, older conflict. Read full book review >
I AM DRUMS by Mike Grosso
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This is a worthy and entertaining read about how talent develops and what the potential consequences of pursuing it are: drumroll, please, for a fine homage to spirited single-mindedness. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Sam hears drumbeats in her head, so it's hard for her to think about anything but her passionate need to become an accomplished drummer. 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 >