ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY ADDIE by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

" An out-of-the-ordinary biography. (biographical research notes) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Artwork and layout reminiscent of 19th-century posters and paper dolls tell the true tale of magician Adelaide Herrmann, once known as the Queen of Magic. Read full book review >
PLAYING FROM THE HEART by Peter H. Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A reminder (perhaps more to adults than children) not to stifle creativity but to let it flow from within. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Raj grows up with his father and a quiet piano. One day, when he is still young, he sits down and begins plunking away at the keys. Read full book review >

THE WHALE by Vita Murrow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Wordless, with masterful artwork and an intriguing narrative undertow, this whale's tale will transfix. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Two tenacious preteens (one lanky, long-haired, and light-skinned, the other bespectacled, short-haired, and slightly darker-skinned) strive to get to the briny bottom of a 50-year-old local legend and prove the Great Spotted Whale swims in their town's harbor. Read full book review >
CROSSING NIAGARA by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A compressed, respectful glimpse at the achievements of a fascinating 19th-century daredevil. (author's note, selected bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Tavares reanimates the achievements of the French-born tightrope walker Jean-François Gravelet, aka "the Great Blondin"—first to cross over the Niagara River, in 1859. Read full book review >
THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY by Laura Shovan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Readers may wonder if they really needed a poem for every day of the school year. (glossary, guide to poetic forms) (Verse novel. 8-12)"
This novel in verse is a remarkable feat of mimicry. The poems sound exactly like they were written by real fifth-graders. Read full book review >

SKATING WITH THE STATUE OF LIBERTY by Susan Lynn Meyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A sweet book that readers will find sneaks up on them. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Meyer's first book, Black Radishes (2010), was about a family's escape from the Nazis. This sequel may feel like a relief, at first.Read full book review >
THE LAST MONSTER by Ginger Garrett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"An uneven but entertaining approach to mixed mythologies. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Introspective Sofia, a recent cancer survivor midway through seventh grade, acquires both a prosthetic leg and an unlooked-for role: Guardian of monsters. Read full book review >
WAYBOUND by Cameron Baity
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A brainy, action-packed fantasy outing even more complex and sophisticated than series opener Foundry's Edge (2015). (glossary) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Phoebe Plumm and Micah Tanner bravely search for the mysterious Occulyth, which they hope will resolve all of their challenges in this second of the Books of Ore. Read full book review >
RED by Liesl Shurtliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Fairy-tale fun with resonant depth makes for another solid outing. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In another of her fairy-tale mashups, Shurtliff brings inventive new dimensions to Granny and Red, whom readers met in the companion book, Rump (2013). Read full book review >
MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS by Brooks Benjamin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"An earnest first novel with a solid message about finding out who you are on your own terms. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Dillon's dad wants him to play football, his crew wants him to freestyle, but all he wants to do is dance, dance. Read full book review >
COUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Thyme's remarkable perseverance and resilience will inspire readers of Conklin's compassionate tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her younger brother's critical illness and a transcontinental move create upheaval in 11-year-old Thyme's life. Read full book review >
THE PALACE OF GLASS by Django Wexler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A busy continuing saga filled with fantastical drama and feisty finagling. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Alice Creighton is out for revenge in this third book in Wexler's Forbidden Library series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 3, 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 >