THE INQUISITION by Taran Matharu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A fast-paced, familiar tale with strong echoes of Tolkien, Pullman, and Pokémon. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
An underdog and his unlikely companions go to war in this sequel to The Novice (2015). Read full book review >
DAYTIME VISIONS by Isol
Kirkus Star
by Isol, illustrated by Isol, adapted by Isol, Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 7, 2016

"A visionary alphabet book that seeks to introduce not only letters, but nuanced narratives to eager, unfettered young minds. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Forget A is for Apple. Here letters appear alongside delightfully ambiguous artwork and phrasing, offering up multitudes of interpretations and variations of story. Read full book review >

MY DAD AT THE ZOO by Coralie Saudo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 7, 2016

"A tongue-in-cheek masterpiece echoing most parents' outings with small children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young boy narrates a trip to the zoo with Dad, but who's the kid and who's the adult? Read full book review >
HICCUPS! by Holly Sterling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2016

"No one ever enjoys this particular affliction, and it's certainly not a new literary device, but young listeners will still gleefully 'Hic! Hic!' hiccup along. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little girl is determined to cure her dog's hiccups. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A thorough and accessible introduction to the Holocaust and the students who dared to take a stand against evil. (source notes, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In the heart of Germany, a student resistance movement called the White Rose took a courageous stand to denounce the Nazis. Read full book review >

STINGRAY CITY by Ellen Prager
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Eco-sleuths triumph again, but it might be just as well to send them to retirement now. (afterword) (Adventure. 10-12)"
When the stingray population at a famed Grand Cayman attraction plummets mysteriously, it's time to call in the Sea Guardians. Read full book review >
A YEAR OF BORROWED MEN by Michelle Barker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"This heartfelt picture book helps readers appreciate wartime's toll. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A tender memoir of human decency during wartime as seen through the eyes of the author's then-8-year-old mother. Read full book review >
TOO BIG TO HIDE by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"The plot thickens in this easy-reading follow-up. (Science fantasy. 7-9)"
The live dinosaur that "future paleontologist" Frank Mudd helped to hatch in series opener A Mysterious Egg (2016) gets a companion in this helter-skelter sequel.Read full book review >
THE SECRET DESTINY OF PIXIE PIPER by Annabelle Fisher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Middle-grade readers will enjoy this book with its hints of magic, well-limned characters, and that totally appealing gosling. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The oddball star of this engaging fantasy slowly comes to believe her unusual character and strange powers come from her distant relationship to Mother Goose. Read full book review >
MY OLD PAL, OSCAR by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Hest and Bates' previous joint dog project, The Dog Who Belonged to No One (2008), was a more tender and effective narrative. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Alone at the beach, a black-and-white puppy huddles under the pier until it spots a child. Read full book review >
BEACHY AND ME by Bob Staake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A child as bored as Pixie may read this once. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In rhyming text, the diminutive, blonde, pink-faced Pixie Picklespeare befriends a whale named Beachy. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A riveting and highly moving dog story that's marred by clumsy design. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Judy, an English pointer caught up in World War II, formed a solid bond with a young British airman, Frank Williams, and exhibited remarkable heroism. 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 >