THE SECRET DESTINY OF PIXIE PIPER by Annabelle Fisher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Middle-grade readers will enjoy this book with its hints of magic, well-limned characters, and that totally appealing gosling. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The oddball star of this engaging fantasy slowly comes to believe her unusual character and strange powers come from her distant relationship to Mother Goose. Read full book review >
WORLDS EXPLODE by Shane Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Start with the first (because it's so much fun) and finish anticipating the next. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Last of the Legend Hunters, Finn may be doomed to destroy two worlds—or just to wear a kitty T-shirt for eternity. Read full book review >

WISHING DAY by Lauren Myracle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"One of Natasha's seventh-grade successes is finally finishing a story; usually they are as unfinished as this one, first in a planned trilogy. Readers like her sisters will be eager to see where her story goes. (Fiction. 9-13)"
In sleepy Willow Hill, a girl's many wishes come true. Read full book review >
STINGRAY CITY by Ellen Prager
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Eco-sleuths triumph again, but it might be just as well to send them to retirement now. (afterword) (Adventure. 10-12)"
When the stingray population at a famed Grand Cayman attraction plummets mysteriously, it's time to call in the Sea Guardians. Read full book review >
TROUBLE THE WATER by Frances O’Roark Dowell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Readers who identify with Wendell may feel a call to action; those who identify with Callie may just be exasperated at the inaction. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
It's 1953 in Celeste, Kentucky, and 11-year-old Callie Robinson wants to report news for the local black newspaper, the Advance. Wendell Crow is quite the opposite; the white boy spends his summer days by the river, hoping no one will notice him. Read full book review >

THE FIREFLY CODE by Megan Frazer Blakemore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Less stark than The Giver (1993), this welcome addition to the dystopic utopia genre is a young cousin of Ally Condie's Matched (2010) and Mary Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox (2008). (Science fiction. 9-12)"
A girl realizes her suburban, corporate-run utopia has dark underpinnings. Read full book review >
CLASH OF THE WORLDS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Generally, an enjoyable book with high stakes and a solid ending, despite the mushy middle. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Following the 2013 death of co-author Vizzini, Rylander joins the team for the conclusion to the book-world-hopping House of Secrets series. Read full book review >
FEASTS OF FURY by Eric Colossal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Amusing but bland, this graphic novel works better as a snack than as a meal. (Graphic adventure. 8-11)"
Traveling chef Rutabaga and his magical cooking-pot companion, Pot, continue to journey the world in search of new ingredients. Read full book review >
LILY AND DUNKIN by Donna Gephart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Gephart's compassion is noble, but it's not enough to make Lily's story resonate. (resources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Lily is trans and is facing puberty, which will make her look less than herself than she does now, while new kid Dunkin's manic impulsiveness makes him a misfit; though they click immediately, life gets complicated. Read full book review >
TOO BIG TO HIDE by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"The plot thickens in this easy-reading follow-up. (Science fantasy. 7-9)"
The live dinosaur that "future paleontologist" Frank Mudd helped to hatch in series opener A Mysterious Egg (2016) gets a companion in this helter-skelter sequel.Read full book review >
IT AIN'T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL by Firoozeh Dumas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"On her own journey to maturity, Cindy deftly guides young readers through Iran's complicated realities in this fresh take on the immigrant experience—authentic, funny, and moving from beginning to end. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
After a rocky start, Cindy (Zomorod to her parents) finds a comfortable niche in her California middle school until political upheaval and revolution in Iran reach the United States, threatening her future and her family's safety. Read full book review >
SWING SIDEWAYS by Nanci Turner Steveson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Too much telling, not enough truth. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An anxious girl makes a mysterious summer friendship in this middle-grade debut. 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 >