A STORM TOO SOON by Michael J. Tougias
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"A sure-fire hit with young readers who are always ready for a good disaster tale. (epilogue, author's note) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
In an adaptation for young readers of his A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival, and an Incredible Rescue (2013), Tougias tells the story of the Sean Seymour II, a 44-foot sailboat swamped in a Gulf Stream storm in 2007. Read full book review >
THE GOLD MEDAL MESS by David A.  Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"This series opener is a promising venture into early Matt Christopher territory. (Mystery/sports fiction. 7-9)"
When a mysterious saboteur threatens to shut down their school's Olympic games, five young athletes put on their detective shoes. Read full book review >

THE LOST COMPASS by Joel Ross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"A cracking good adventure with a diverse cast in a memorable world. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
This sequel to The Fog Diver (2015) takes readers back to a post-apocalyptic world in which civilization has been driven into the skies. Read full book review >
A CLATTER OF JARS by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"Kids may have to read the book a second time to follow the plot, but this is a novel that rewards a second—or even a third—reading. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Everyone in this sequel to Tangle of Knots (2013) gets a chance to be the main character, at least for a page or two.Read full book review >
THE WORLD BENEATH by Janice Warman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"A good complement to nonfiction about apartheid South Africa, a little-explored place and period in children's literature. (glossary, author's note, letter from Amnesty International) (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Warman turns her journalistic talents to historical fiction in her debut novel about the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and how it shapes a young boy's life. Read full book review >

SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND by Rebecca Behrens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"This blend of history with mystery and fantasy with realism is a good find indeed. (author's note, historical notes) (Fiction. 8-12)"
The mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke becomes an engaging backdrop for a preteen experiencing her own losses. Read full book review >
MAYDAY by Karen Harrington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"A fine character-driven tale that slowly grows to a crescendo of satisfaction. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After surviving a plane crash, Wayne has plenty to cope with. Read full book review >
THE SEARCH FOR THE HOMESTEAD TREASURE by Ann Treacy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2016

"A good bet for fans of historical fiction. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Martin must run the family farm after his father is seriously injured in an accident. Read full book review >
THE BRIGHTEST STARS OF SUMMER by Leila Howland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"Readers finding this book as pleasant as a day at the beach spent with old friends will hope the trio returns to Pruet next summer. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The Silver sisters are back on Cape Cod for another satisfying summer adventure in this sequel to The Forget-Me-Not Summer (2015). Read full book review >
SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS by Claire Legrand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"A layered, thoughtful exploration. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sometimes stories are a means of survival. Read full book review >
HILO by Judd Winick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"Solid. Expect this series to receive the same reverence as Jeff Smith's Bone. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
Hilo, D.J., and Gina have reunited to save the world from more impending robot invasions. Read full book review >
WHAT ELEPHANTS KNOW by Eric Dinerstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"This earnest tale will appeal especially to budding naturalists. (glossary) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
In the borderlands between Nepal and India during the 1970s, an orphan boy overcomes adversity to save his village and become a great elephant driver. 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 >