ATTACK OF THE VAMPIRE WEENIES by David Lubar
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 24, 2011

"All in all, the gathering assays out as rich in eye-rollers, groans and mild chills. (Funny horror short stories. 11-13)"
The lead miner of the "ha-ha-horror" vein offers 33 more microtales (all but three newly minted) in a fifth Weenies collection. Read full book review >
SQUISH, SUPER AMOEBA by Jennifer L. Holm
ADVENTURE
Released: May 24, 2011

"If ever a new series deserved to go viral, this one does. (Graphic novel. 7-9)"
The hilarious misadventures of a hapless young everylad who happens to be an amoeba. Read full book review >

EVERYBODY BUGS OUT by Leslie Margolis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 24, 2011

"Readers will be cheering for Annabelle as she struggles to extricate herself from this tangled web of subterfuge. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Margolis delivers a vivacious third installment in the Annabelle Unleashed series. Read full book review >
IF ROCKS COULD SING by Leslie McGuirk
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 24, 2011

"Begs to be pored over again and again. (Alphabet book. 3-10)"
With sharp eyes, endless patience and vivid imagination, McGuirk seeks and finds rocks in the shapes of alphabet letters and items representing those letters. Read full book review >
THE GRAND PLAN TO FIX EVERYTHING by Uma Krishnaswami
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 24, 2011

"Full of references to Bollywood movie traditions and local customs, this is a delightful romp with a fresh setting and a distinctive and appealing main character. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Hooray for Bollywood. Read full book review >

LEXIE by Audrey Couloumbis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 24, 2011

"This tender, realistic tale might go a long way toward soothing the doubts of many children who are dealing with similarly trying situations. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Quietly and ever so gently, Couloumbis explores the topics of divorce and remarriage and how they affect the children involved. Read full book review >
DREADNOUGHT by Mark Walden
Released: May 24, 2011

"Readers will hope the next outing focuses more on answering questions about how the characters are developing and less on action, action, action—and the more sophisticated among them will be happy to move on to more complex antihero antics when they discover Catherine Jinks' Evil Genius. (Thriller. 8-12)"
Those young villains-in-training are back, facing their biggest challenge ever, in this, the fourth in a series that is showing signs of tiring. H.I.V.E. (the Higher Institute of Villainous Education) is doing what all schools do, sending their students on a field trip—but they never anticipate that the kids'll be kidnapped by a rival faction of villains intent on taking over the world their way. Read full book review >
NERD CAMP by Elissa Brent Weissman
FICTION
Released: May 24, 2011

"This celebration of summer camp and geekiness tries too hard. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Gabe is torn between his enthusiasm for a summer residential program for gifted children and his fear that his new, cool stepbrother-to-be will find out he's a nerd. Read full book review >
CUT! IT'S A WRAP! by Ekaterina Okovitaya
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 19, 2011

"Here's hoping the creators will employ a better translator and editor for the sequels. (iPad storybook app. 7-10)"
This chapter book for independent readers features talking animals in a lightweight gumshoe mystery. Read full book review >
A BUTTERFLY IS PATIENT by Dianna Hutts Aston
ANIMALS
Released: May 18, 2011

"Similar butterfly albums abound, but none show these most decorative members of the insect clan to better advantage. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Another interwoven flight of poetry, natural history and lovely art from the creators of An Egg Is Quiet (2006) and A Seed Is Sleepy (2007). Read full book review >
SUMMER JACKSON:  GROWN UP by Teresa E. Harris
Released: May 17, 2011

"With a little bit of sparkle and a whole lot of sass, Summer will be right at home with any young girl eager to enter the work world. (Picture Book. 5-9)"
When 7-year-old Summer Jackson decides she wants to be a grown-up right now, she means it. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: May 17, 2011

"This one has a bit of a Huck Finn feel, and those readers who like their adventures with heavy doses of plot twists and tomfoolery will be smitten. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A companion to the achingly effervescent prairie epic Stop the Train! (2003). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >