XANDER AND THE LOST ISLAND OF MONSTERS by Margaret Dilloway
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A breathless retelling of the Japanese legend of Momotaro, this is an Asian version of Percy Jackson; adventure fans will be waiting for more. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Dilloway introduces Xander Miyamoto, a talented cartoon artist and otherwise average eighth-grader living outside San Diego. Read full book review >
BUBONIC PANIC by Gail Jarrow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A richly detailed exploration of a fascinating subject. (glossary, timeline, further resources, author's note, bibliography, source notes, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Following Fatal Fever (2015) and Red Madness (2014), Jarrow explores America's experience with the bubonic plague. Read full book review >

A BANDIT'S TALE by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Even though—in the book's one predictable touch—Rocco gives up being a liar and a criminal, he's reliably entertaining till the end of the story. (map, historical notes, bibliography, pickpocket's glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Italian immigrant and new New Yorker Rocco Zaccaro is not an unreliable narrator. Read full book review >
THE SLOWEST BOOK EVER by April Pulley Sayre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Anecdotal, loopily organized, but engaging. And chewy! (glossary, acknowledgments, endnotes with resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Sayre beckons kids to investigate and ruminate on slow-moving animals, slow-growing plants, slow motion, and plenty more.Read full book review >
ONE AWESOME THING by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"An upbeat celebration of lively imagination, friendship, family, community, and the exuberance of childhood. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Fourth-grader Waylon Zakowski is struggling to navigate change. Read full book review >

MERCY by Nancy Furstinger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Well-documented, with sidebars on Alcott, Darwin, public health, child labor, and more, Furstinger's lively narrative fills a void. (maps, period photographs, author's note, timeline, quotation notes, bibliography, website) (Biography. 9-12)"
Furstinger examines the life of 19th-century animal rights champion Henry Bergh. Read full book review >
WEEKENDS WITH MAX AND HIS DAD by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A sweet, empathetic look at a common situation. (Fiction. 6-10)"
During a series of visits with his dad in his new apartment, Max begins adjusting to his parents' recent separation. Read full book review >
LITTLE DEE AND THE PENGUIN by Christopher Baldwin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A must-read for all would-be adventurers. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
A fun-filled, zany story with a serious message about belonging. Read full book review >
GO HOME BAY by Susan Vande Griek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"A restrained, lyrical introduction to a nature artist whose work and reputation justify the exposure to young viewers south of the border. (resource list) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Inspired by a historical encounter, a child remembers Canadian artist Tom Thomson teaching her to paint during a summer sojourn at her father's lakeside home. Read full book review >
MY BOOK OF BIRDS by Geraldo Valério
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"A delight to browse, the book also provides resources to further engage budding ornithologists. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-16)"
An album of North American birds from a Brazilian-Canadian illustrator. Read full book review >
LIFE AND I by Elisabeth Helland Larsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Possibly the uncredited translation is what's at issue here…but children struggling with the presence or fear of death are unlikely to find relief in this elliptical treatment. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In this Norwegian import, Death, a shrouded, doll-like figure with flowers at its temple, explains its place in the scheme of things. Read full book review >
SPORK OUT OF ORBIT by Nan Walker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"A good choice for those new to chapters; concluding logic puzzles and quizzes in the backmatter are a bonus. (Science fiction. 5-9)"
What can a Galaxy Scout learn about being an Earthling? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >