MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP by Heather Vogel Frederick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"It's all innocent fun for summer campers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Five college-bound friends spend their last summer together as counselors in a girls' camp, coping with homesick little girls. Read full book review >
TIME STOPPERS by Carrie Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Longer than necessary but effervescent, funny, and genuine. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Two neglected kids find a sparkly, magical community and great evil in small-town Maine. Read full book review >

THE HOLE STORY OF THE DOUGHNUT by Pat Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Delicious! (period photograph, author's note, timeline, selected bibliography of adult sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Miller shares the true story of the invention of the doughnut with the hole in its center. Read full book review >
SUITE FOR HUMAN NATURE by Diane Charlotte Lampert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"It is an earned triumph when Love prevails. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A gentle parable of how Mother Nature introduced human foibles and strengths to the world. Read full book review >
SNAIL AND WORM by Tina Kügler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Friendship and the difficulty of clear communication are the basis for the conflict between classic duos like Frog and Toad, George and Martha, and Elephant and Piggie. None of these need to fear being replaced by Snail and Worm. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Three stories told in mostly one-syllable sight words for beginning readers introduce yet another odd-couple pair of animal friends. Read full book review >

A YEAR OF BORROWED MEN by Michelle Barker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"This heartfelt picture book helps readers appreciate wartime's toll. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A tender memoir of human decency during wartime as seen through the eyes of the author's then-8-year-old mother. Read full book review >
YOU CAN FLY by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A masterful, inspiring evocation of an era. (Informational poetry. 9-12)"
The story of the struggles and achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen is told in vivid informational poetry. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A thorough and accessible introduction to the Holocaust and the students who dared to take a stand against evil. (source notes, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In the heart of Germany, a student resistance movement called the White Rose took a courageous stand to denounce the Nazis. Read full book review >
SCAREDY CAT by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"As in her other, now-numerous outings, Stella is a likable child; it's pleasant to spend some time with her. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Stella Batts, somewhat intrepid third-grader, is back for another adventure, and this time she's worried about bad luck—and ghosts.Read full book review >
ONE THOUSAND WORDS FOR WAR by Madeline Smoot
Released: May 1, 2016

"Useful fare for creative-writing classes but more significantly, an above-average set of takes on a worthy theme. (Science fiction/fantasy short stories. 11-14)"
Nineteen rising stars answer a challenge to write in a distinctive narrative frame native to East Asian literature, offering visions of alien contact, escape from repression, and exploits in alternate, virtual, and extraterrestrial worlds. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF THE KELPIE by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A grim cautionary tale reworked as a short adventure with a happy ending for primary grade readers and listeners. (Picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
Playing by the loch on a sunny afternoon, the blacksmith's five children find a beautiful white horse and attempt to ride it, only to be nearly drowned. Read full book review >
BALTHAZAR FABULOSO IN THE LAIR OF THE HUMBUGS by I.J. Brindle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Sleight of hand behind this bag of tricks is all too slight, no magic here. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When his stage-magician family vanishes for real, can Balthazar find them? 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 >