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
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >