THE MINISTRY OF GHOSTS by Alex Shearer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Ghost-story fans won't be disappointed in the end, if they can slog that far through all the low-wattage civil-service satire. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The threat of imminent shutdown prompts a small government agency to hire a pair of young independent contractors to capture a ghost in this British import. Read full book review >
CAMP DORK by Beth Vrabel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Honest, funny, and entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Most of the titular gang from Pack of Dorks (2014) is off to spend two weeks at seriously-roughing-it-style Camp Paleo. Sadly, Lucy's not-a-boyfriend, Sam, is going to gymnastics camp instead.Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"There is both solace and inspiration in these 11 heroes, but it doesn't take much to imagine that for each of them, there were dozens who didn't get the break. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Stories of 11 athletes overcoming adversity to become the cream of their sports, from Wall Street Journal writer Zuckerman and his two sons. Read full book review >
AWESOME 8 by Jen Agresta
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Unabashed edutainment, not deep but glossy as that iceberg's surface. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Shaved-down lists of, as the authors put it, "everything the world has to offer," stocked with eye-widening photos and other embellishments. Read full book review >
LIZBETH LOU GOT A ROCK IN HER SHOE by Troy Howell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Despite the issues with the limping narrative, the illustrations successfully hold the story together while conjuring a wistful air of yesteryear. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A stone in a child's shoe triggers an avalanche of small misfortunes. Read full book review >

THE SCREAMING STATUE by Lauren Oliver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Strained and derivative, without sufficient depth to compensate. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Sam, Thomas, Max, and Pippa are in danger of losing the only home they've ever known, in Depression-era New York City. Read full book review >
THE PARENT AGENCY by David Baddiel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Personal development, Three Stooges style. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The hazards of wish fulfillment come, as usual, home to roost when young Barry gets a chance to replace his parents with a new set. Read full book review >
DIANA'S WHITE HOUSE GARDEN by Elisa Carbone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"An important piece of our history brought down to a child's level. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Based on a true story, Carbone's story shines a light on the little girl who became the face of the first White House victory garden. Read full book review >
MISSION IMPAWSIBLE by Daphne Maple
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Perhaps this effort will appeal to pet lovers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In the first of a new series, seventh-grader Kim combines her talent and enthusiasm for working with animals with her need to undertake a community service project for school. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >