MISCHIEF SEASON by John Bemelmans Marciano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Witches never actually step into sight, but their offstage presence adds shivery hints of danger to this lightweight opener. (town map) (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Of all the magical residents in an Italian town long renowned for its various sorts of witches, the mischievous Janara may be the most mysterious—and troublesome. Read full book review >
RUMBLE WITH THE ROMANS by Gary Northfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Readers will applaud the Monty Python-esque exploits of this hoofed hero. Just don't call him a horse. (map) (Farce. 10-12)"
Fun and games in the Coliseum. Read full book review >

FOLLOW THE MOON HOME by Philippe Cousteau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"An appealing model of preteen activism. (authors' notes, further info, resources). (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A "lights out for loggerheads" campaign becomes a satisfying community-action project for Vivienne and her summer school classmates. Read full book review >
STRANGE TREES by Bernadette Pourquié
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"An appealingly if occasionally problematically illustrated browser that may pose more questions than it answers. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Sixteen uncommon trees from around the world describe themselves, in first, er, person, in this charmingly illustrated but odd French import. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR HIGH TIDE by Nikki McClure
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"The tide has brought an extraordinary book to our shores. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A child waits for the tide to rise, working alongside Mama and Papa to construct a log raft and observing coastal creatures the whole long, hot while. Read full book review >

AMERICA'S TEA PARTIES by Marissa Moss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A very fine piece of historical reclamation that broadens our understanding of the road to revolution. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Moss reminds readers that the tea parties of the 1770s were not strictly a Boston affair, no matter how much the city enjoys its spuriously unique association. Read full book review >
SOPHIE QUIRE AND THE LAST STORYGUARD by Jonathan Auxier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"This novel should be in the hands of every human young enough at heart to be enchanted by the written word. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Sophie is given an extraordinary book to repair, and with it comes all manner of magic and danger. Read full book review >
AVENGING THE OWL by Melissa Hart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A memorable read. (resources) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Solo's dad walked away from a successful Hollywood career writing cartoons, traded the Corvette for a VW bus, and moved his family from their beachfront home to a trailer in Oregon, where Solo's efforts to avenge his kitten's death at the claws of an owl go horribly wrong. Read full book review >
BOOKED by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A satisfying, winning read. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Nick Hall is a bright eighth-grader who would rather do anything other than pay attention in class. Read full book review >
ONCE WAS A TIME by Leila Sales
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Rewarding and uplifting. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The friendship of two 10-year-old English girls is tested when one travels through a portal to the future. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF A NO-NAME SQUIRREL by Radhika R. Dhariwal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"With so many excellent animal-fantasy books available, there's no reason to spend money or time on this one. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A squirrel and his dog friend go on a journey to find a key that will unlock a powerful map in this middle-grade fantasy. Read full book review >
THE WILD ROBOT by Peter Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Thought-provoking and charming. (Science fiction/fantasy. 7-11)"
A sophisticated robot—with the capacity to use senses of sight, hearing, and smell—is washed to shore on an island, the only robot survivor of a cargo of 500. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 3, 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 >