THIS LAND IS OUR LAND by Linda Barrett Osborne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Fascinating reading for both browsers and those seeking a more thorough understanding of immigration. (appendix, timeline, source notes, bibliography, credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
As timely as the latest newspaper headline and political debate, Osborne's latest nonfiction volume offers historical context for the issue of immigration. Read full book review >
RED by Liesl Shurtliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Fairy-tale fun with resonant depth makes for another solid outing. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In another of her fairy-tale mashups, Shurtliff brings inventive new dimensions to Granny and Red, whom readers met in the companion book, Rump (2013). Read full book review >

PAWS OF COURAGE by Nancy Furstinger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"The photographs will make this highly appealing to dog lovers who will also find the brief text and short chapters easy to manage. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Myriad canines loyally serve in a variety of roles aiding their human companions; National Geographic portrays the efforts of 24 working dogs. Read full book review >
SKATING WITH THE STATUE OF LIBERTY by Susan Lynn Meyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A sweet book that readers will find sneaks up on them. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Meyer's first book, Black Radishes (2010), was about a family's escape from the Nazis. This sequel may feel like a relief, at first.Read full book review >
CROSSING NIAGARA by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A compressed, respectful glimpse at the achievements of a fascinating 19th-century daredevil. (author's note, selected bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Tavares reanimates the achievements of the French-born tightrope walker Jean-François Gravelet, aka "the Great Blondin"—first to cross over the Niagara River, in 1859. Read full book review >

THE PALACE OF GLASS by Django Wexler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A busy continuing saga filled with fantastical drama and feisty finagling. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Alice Creighton is out for revenge in this third book in Wexler's Forbidden Library series. Read full book review >
THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY by Laura Shovan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Readers may wonder if they really needed a poem for every day of the school year. (glossary, guide to poetic forms) (Verse novel. 8-12)"
This novel in verse is a remarkable feat of mimicry. The poems sound exactly like they were written by real fifth-graders. Read full book review >
KNOCK!KNOCK! by Gita Wolf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A wonder. (Novelty. 5-8)"
Innovative design meets a classic lost-and-found story in this remarkable Japanese import. Read full book review >
MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by F. Isabel Campoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"An inspiring and wistful message wrapped up in a subtle, thoughtful narrative and lively, beautiful art: simply superb. (authors' note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a neighborhood full of gray, young Mira shares her colorful art (and heart) with the world beyond her window. Read full book review >
COUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Thyme's remarkable perseverance and resilience will inspire readers of Conklin's compassionate tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her younger brother's critical illness and a transcontinental move create upheaval in 11-year-old Thyme's life. Read full book review >
SECRET TREE FORT by Brianne Farley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Like a beloved box rattling with tiny, precious, ferreted things, this delightful picture book holds small, wonderfully specific insights into childhood imaginings, feelings, and frustrations. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little sister's entreaties to come play go unheard by her bookworm big sister, so she conjures a tree fort sure to get her attention. Read full book review >
SHADOW MAGIC by Joshua Khan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A kingdom that embraces darkness but not evil is an interesting concept but not enough to make up for choppy pacing and flat characters; here's hoping the sequel is better balanced. (map, cast of characters) (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A woodcutter's son's and a new queen's paths intertwine in this debut middle-grade high fantasy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 3, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >