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 >
POISON IS NOT POLITE by Robin Stevens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"A first-rate whodunit, reminiscent of a game of Clue and terrific preparation for the works of Agatha Christie. (Historical mystery. 10-14)"
Wells and Wong return in a classic country-estate mystery. Read full book review >

THE SECRET OF DREADWILLOW CARSE by Brian Farrey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 19, 2016

"Heart-rending and genuine, this magical coming-of-age story is not to be missed. (Fantasy 10-14)"
The queen is dying, a strange menace lures townspeople to places unknown, and Princess Jeniah's only hope for saving her monarchy lies in the one place prophesied to bring about its destruction. Read full book review >
HALF-TRUTHS AND BRAZEN LIES by Kira Vermond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"Yes, sometimes lies grease the wheels—'society would collapse if we told the truth all the time,' say some experts. You wouldn't want that to happen, so let Vermond be your guide. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
We all lie. We can't help it. Read full book review >
WORMS FOR BREAKFAST by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"With fascinating facts and a lively design, this is a surprisingly nourishing treat. (glossary, puzzle answers, index) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Monkey chow, mealworm mush, and predator popsicles, yum yum. Read full book review >

MAYA by Mahak Jain
Kirkus Star
by Mahak Jain, illustrated by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"Jain and MacKay's story and art work seamlessly to convey an important and subtle story of love, loss, beauty, and joy. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A young girl and her mother soothe themselves to sleep during a power outage in modern urban India, despite how sorely they both miss Maya's dead Papa. Read full book review >
SOMEWHERE AMONG by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A tender piece about connectedness. (Verse historical fiction. 9-12)"
During her mother's difficult pregnancy, Ema and her parents move in with her Japanese grandparents. Read full book review >
THE WHALE by Vita Murrow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Wordless, with masterful artwork and an intriguing narrative undertow, this whale's tale will transfix. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Two tenacious preteens (one lanky, long-haired, and light-skinned, the other bespectacled, short-haired, and slightly darker-skinned) strive to get to the briny bottom of a 50-year-old local legend and prove the Great Spotted Whale swims in their town's harbor. Read full book review >
RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Once again, DiCamillo demonstrates the power of simple words in a beautiful and wise tale. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Ten-year-old Raymie Clarke of Lister, Florida, has a plan to get her father to come back home. Read full book review >
WATER WOW! by Antonia Banyard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Refreshing and essential, like its subject. (source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
An effervescent dive into water's nature, use, misuse, and conservation. Read full book review >
THE MECHANICAL MIND OF JOHN COGGIN by Elinor Teele
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A sly, side-splitting hoot from start to finish. (Adventure. 11-13)"
The dreary prospect of spending a lifetime making caskets instead of wonderful inventions prompts a young orphan to snatch up his little sister and flee. Where? To the circus, of course. 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 >
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 >