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 >
PLAYING FROM THE HEART by Peter H. Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A reminder (perhaps more to adults than children) not to stifle creativity but to let it flow from within. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Raj grows up with his father and a quiet piano. One day, when he is still young, he sits down and begins plunking away at the keys. Read full book review >

A BRAVE BEAR by Sean Taylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"There are lessons here to be sure, but it is a warm family story most of all. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A tiny cub tries a very big leap but learns that growing up comes with some bumps along the way. Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY OF CAPTAIN SCAREDY CAT by José Carlos Andrés
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"The suggested coping strategy won't work for all children, but if read with proper gusto, the book will be a sure storytime hit. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A once fearless pirate captain gets his mojo back—just in time for bed. Read full book review >
AN ARMADILLO IN NEW YORK by Julie Kraulis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A fun trip to the Big Apple. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An intrepid armadillo feels that special itch that tweaks his curiosity and leads him to new places. Read full book review >

MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS by Brooks Benjamin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"An earnest first novel with a solid message about finding out who you are on your own terms. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Dillon's dad wants him to play football, his crew wants him to freestyle, but all he wants to do is dance, dance. Read full book review >
HILDIE BITTERPICKLES NEEDS HER SLEEP by Robin Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Tired readers may empathize with Hildie, but there's not much here to help them get to sleep. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young witch in need of some shut-eye learns that diplomacy and problem-solving work wonders in dealing with noisy neighbors. Read full book review >
YOU GOT THIS! by Maya S. Penn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"There's no doubt Maya will continue to change the world for the better, and those who can follow her advice might have a shot at joining forces. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
If every teenager were as together as author Penn, the world would be a much different place. Read full book review >
THE GALINOS by Luis Amavisca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Cold comfort to know we are the not the only environmentally destructive hooligans in the universe. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On distant planet Gala, many Galinos have a bad case of wastefulness. Sound familiar? Read full book review >
WAYBOUND by Cameron Baity
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A brainy, action-packed fantasy outing even more complex and sophisticated than series opener Foundry's Edge (2015). (glossary) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Phoebe Plumm and Micah Tanner bravely search for the mysterious Occulyth, which they hope will resolve all of their challenges in this second of the Books of Ore. Read full book review >
BOBBIE THE WONDER DOG by Tricia Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Dog lovers of any age will find Bobbie and his amazing journey irresistible. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
A farm dog named Bobbie finds his way back home from Indiana to Oregon in this true story from the 1920s. Read full book review >
THE LUNCHNAPPER by Rick DeDonato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Light on both nature and mystery, though this might be just the thing to lure young readers away from their screens and into the great outdoors. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In their second adventure (The Disappearing Caterpillar, 2015), Pipsie and her sidekick/best friend, Alfred Z. Turtle, are on a school trip to the park.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 >