ELLRAY JAKES IS NOT A CHICKEN! by Sally Warner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2011

"EllRay's struggles and eventual success coping with bullying, a hot-button topic, ring true, and kids who enjoyed previous Emma stories will appreciate this take from the boys' side. (Fiction. 7-11)"
The creator of the series about third-grader Emma McGraw (Only Emma, 2005, etc.) focuses on a new character here: EllRay Jakes, one of Emma's classmates. Read full book review >
THE SECRET WORLD OF WHALES by Charles Siebert
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"Its use as an academic resource is limited by an absence of backmatter, but it is still an engaging and worthy read and may well spur further exploration. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Straightforward text explores many facets of whale knowledge, from myths and legends to modern efforts of preservation and protection. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2011

"Complex, rich and memorable. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this modern fairytale, an insouciant, "somewhat heartless" 12-year-old girl from Omaha visits Fairyland and accepts a quest to rescue its inhabitants from the rule-mad Marquess. Read full book review >
SAVING AUDIE by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"Audie's inspirational story is a case study in rehabilitation, one sure to appeal to animal loving children. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
What happens to the dogs when dogfighting rings are broken up and the trials are over? Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL  by Alison Sage
Kirkus Star
retold by Alison Sage, illustrated by Sarah Gibb
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2011

"Children and adults alike will be spellbound, poring over the pages again and again, delighting each time in new details and discoveries. (Fairy tale. 6-11)"
This gorgeous offering is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm story with intricate illustrations taking center stage. Read full book review >

BETWEEN TWO ENDS by David Ward
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"A fast-paced but flawed adventure. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A book about a book within a book. Read full book review >
RACING HOME by Adele Dueck
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"This tale draws its grace from the fine, detailed portrait of immigrants making their way in a new world. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
A deliberate look at Norwegian immigrants on the Canadian prairie recalls Sarah, Plain and Tall for a slightly older audience. Read full book review >
SIDEKICKS by Jack D. Ferraiolo
Released: May 1, 2011

"Look for more twists than a pretzel factory and a possible sequel. (Superhero fantasy. 11-14)"
The author who made a splash with The Big Splash (2008) takes the "costumed superheroes" genre out for a joyride, and anyone who comes along will never read comics the same way again. Read full book review >
THE CHALICE OF IMMORTALITY by Erica Kirov
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2011

"After its strong start in The Eternal Hourglass (2009), this series has been treading water, but fans may still be willing to take a dip. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Nick Kirov has a sort of wizard's Bar Mitzvah in this, the third outing in the Magickeepers series. Read full book review >
THE RELIC HUNTERS by Derek Benz
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"There's a lot better out there than this. (Steampunk. 11-13)"
A teeming cast, a mare's nest of plotlines and characters with ambiguous agendas muddle this sequel to The Brimstone Key (2010). Read full book review >
DIEGO RIVERA by Duncan Tonatiuh
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2011

"Both solid introduction and exhortation, this book will thrill budding artists. (glossary, author's note, bibliography, lists of museums and paintings) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A simple picture-book biography of Diego Rivera concentrates on his artistic career and encourages children to imagine themselves painting their own world. Read full book review >
THE TOWN THAT FOOLED THE BRITISH by Lisa  Papp
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"Still, this can't help but expand readers' understanding of our second war of independence. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The War of 1812—it's one of those topics many Americans flunk when asked to please explain what it was all about, though they just might get the year it started right. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >