ONE THOUSAND WORDS FOR WAR by Madeline Smoot
Released: May 1, 2016

"Useful fare for creative-writing classes but more significantly, an above-average set of takes on a worthy theme. (Science fiction/fantasy short stories. 11-14)"
Nineteen rising stars answer a challenge to write in a distinctive narrative frame native to East Asian literature, offering visions of alien contact, escape from repression, and exploits in alternate, virtual, and extraterrestrial worlds. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF THE KELPIE by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A grim cautionary tale reworked as a short adventure with a happy ending for primary grade readers and listeners. (Picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
Playing by the loch on a sunny afternoon, the blacksmith's five children find a beautiful white horse and attempt to ride it, only to be nearly drowned. Read full book review >

BALTHAZAR FABULOSO IN THE LAIR OF THE HUMBUGS by I.J. Brindle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Sleight of hand behind this bag of tricks is all too slight, no magic here. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When his stage-magician family vanishes for real, can Balthazar find them? Read full book review >
SNOWIZE & SNITCH by Karen Briner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"For able readers looking for the unusual. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Hoping to find her lost guardian, Doctor Professor David Ezratty, 12-year-old Ever Indigo Nikita Stein teams up with a pair of detectives battling the forces of the evil ColdCorp Corporation. Read full book review >
IF YOU ARE A KAKA, YOU EAT DOO DOO by Sara Martel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Doo-doo rush out to get copies; these will shoot off the shelves. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Who knew there could be so many words for animal poo? Read full book review >

OUR TEACHER IS A VAMPIRE AND OTHER (NOT) TRUE STORIES by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Great fun, especially for budding writers; they'll find kindred spirits within. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Alexander suspects Mrs. Penrose is a vampire; that mystery is the spark that ignites an exciting year. Read full book review >
OMG... I DID IT AGAIN?! by Talia Aikens-Nuñez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A sweet romp for young readers who like humor and magic. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Now that she has become a witch, April encounters an unexpected challenge: without ever meaning to do it, she conjures up elephants in her dreams. Read full book review >
THE LOST CIPHER by Michael Oechsle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Plucky kids, the spice of danger, the lure of treasure, and an ever-so-happy (if remarkably improbable) conclusion all combine to make this an enjoyable if undemanding read. (Mystery. 10-14)"
After being sent to a mountain camp for grieving teens, impoverished Lucas learns of a multimillion-dollar treasure that may be buried nearby and can be found only by breaking a difficult cipher. Read full book review >
CLOTH LULLABY by Amy Novesky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Splendid visual and verbal introduction to little-known artist Louise Bourgeois. (author's note; photos, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
This biography of 20th-century French artist Louise Bourgeois explores childhood experiences influencing her work. Read full book review >
THUMBELINA by Xanthe Gresham Knight
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 30, 2016

"A very pleasant and graceful new version packaged in a small trim size that suits the heroine and young readers/listeners as well. (Fantasy. 5-9)"
The oft-adapted tale of the tiny girl who has big adventures. Read full book review >
MYSTERY OF THE MISSING FOX by Tamra Wight
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"Young detectives will be charmed by the whole kit and caboodle. (Mystery. 8-12)"
In this third whodunit, Cooper wonders: who is poaching the fox kits from their den? Read full book review >
WOLF HOLLOW by Lauren Wolk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"Trusting its readers implicitly with its moral complexity, Wolk's novel stuns. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Evil comes to rural Pennsylvania in an unlikely guise in this novel of the American homefront during World War II. 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 >