HARE AND TORTOISE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"Clever and appealing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A modern retelling of the Aesop classic. (Spoiler alert: slow but steady again wins the race.) 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 >

HOW TO EAT AN AIRPLANE by Peter Pearson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"This series opener is a successful combination of etiquette book and airplane cookery: who'd have thunk it? (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A man ate an airplane. This is true. Though this is not his story, Pearson uses it to ground a surprisingly informative book about the technology (and etiquette). 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 >
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 >

PUDDLES!!! by Kevan Atteberry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"Filled with frenzied exclamations perfect for shouting (though the dynamics do not vary much—it is full force most of the time), the book will delight at storytimes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
That lovable, gleeful monster from Bunnies!!! (2015) is excited once again.Read full book review >
LUCY LADYBUG by Sharon King-Chai
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"Sweet. (Picture book. 3-5)"
How can a ladybug who's just a little different fit in? 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 >
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 >
WHERE DO STEAM TRAINS SLEEP AT NIGHT? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"Thanks to the popularity of Thomas the Tank Engine, hopeful engineers will want to be able to identify the many different types of trains, and their out-of-the-know adults will appreciate this inclusive primer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sayres and Slade move naturally from their truck lullaby, Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? (2012), to this nighttime serenade to all things train. Read full book review >
THE TWO TIMS by David Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"An oft-told learning journey that all friend groups must navigate; this simple telling may resonate in ways others do not. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Two kids, each named Tim, are best friends. Read full book review >
HENSEL AND GRETEL by Corey Rosen Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 24, 2016

"Cheep thrills indeed! (Picture book. 5-8)"
The wolf from the first two of Schwartz and Santat's ninja fairy tales (The Three Ninja Pigs, 2012, etc.) has finally learned to live peacefully—but the fox has yet to learn that lesson. 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 >