THE LOST SWORD by Darrell Pitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Not much for internal logic but certainly a headlong thrill ride. (Steampunk. 11-14)"
Intrepid teen detectives Jack and Scarlet battle Japanese crime bosses and German Nazis—make that "damned Nazis"—to find a long-lost sword purported to have magic powers. Read full book review >
THE SKELETH by Matthew Jobin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Gritty, complex, and self-consciously epic; a solid contender for the teen answer to Game of Thrones. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
Wizards and monsters, peasants and lords, battles and spells, friendship and betrayal; all are packed into this second of a bleak fantasy series that began with The Nethergrim (2014).Read full book review >

THE GIRL WHO SAVED YESTERDAY by Julius Lester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A powerful tale that should help children of all ages embrace the fact that dead does not have to mean gone. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In this age of automaticity, electronic immediacy, and carpe diem, this book delivers a rare exultation: remember the Ancestors.Read full book review >
THE ARK PLAN by Laura Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Formulaic but with enough juice in the characters and their relentlessly dangerous setting to keep the story hydrated. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
With resurgent dinosaurs roaming the surface, living underground is humanity's only hope for survival. Or…is it? Read full book review >
BEARD BOY by John Flannery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Comically charming, this one-of-a-kind story celebrates the unique bond that connects father, son, and facial hair. A refreshing cut for young readers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this illustrated ode to the beard, an impatient son seeks to invent and claim a beard of his own to connect with the cool brush of his father. Read full book review >

ISLAND OF THE SUN by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A baroque premise fuels a reasonably adventuresome middle volume. (Science fiction/fantasy hybrid. 11-13)"
With the all-powerful Global Energy Trust hot on the trail, this sequel to The Arctic Code (2015) finds Eleanor and her ragtag band of allies mounting assaults on more of the alien devices that are rapidly forcing Earth into an ice age by sucking up its "telluric energy."Read full book review >
THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT, CASSIE PARKER by Terra Elan McVoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A smart, heartwarming novel about the ups and downs of family and friendship. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When Fiona's diary is stolen by the most popular girl in seventh grade, she braces herself for the worst summer ever. Read full book review >
SAVE ME A SEAT by Sarah Weeks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A novel treatment of a familiar situation delivered with fizz and aplomb. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A refreshing spin on a story about fitting in and overcoming obstacles features two viewpoints written by two authors. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR AUGUSTA by Jessica Lawson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A whimsical, heartwarming, multilayered story about finding grace enough to accept the flaws in those we love and courage enough to act from our most deeply held beliefs. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Set in rural Alabama in 1972, this tale follows 11-year-old Benjamin Putter as he struggles to fulfill his father's final wish. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Though Margaret and some of the other characters are likable, the predictability and unbelievable nature of the story make it ultimately disappointing. (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
A foundling girl searches for the man she saw in a magic mirror. Read full book review >
SEALED WITH A SECRET by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Not meaty but an entertaining, comfortably predictable path through solving the puzzle of sibling rivalry. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A 12-year-old Londoner hopes that solving a 75-year-old puzzle will mend her relationship with her big sister. Read full book review >
THE FAMILY FLETCHER TAKES ROCK ISLAND by Dana Alison Levy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"An old-fashioned summer adventure set in a very modern world, this lively family tale will leave readers impatient for more. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Even on historic Rock Island, "Where Time Stands Still," things change. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >