INTO THE WILD by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Long may these clueless chicks cluck! (Mystery. 6-10)"
Barbara has built a mysterious box in the backyard near the coop; what dangerous creature lurks within? Read full book review >
ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE THREE LITTLE CHILDREN by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"An uneven effort at inclusion. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A multicultural spin on an old rhyme stops short of rehabilitating its problematic history. Read full book review >

LILY AND DUNKIN by Donna Gephart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Gephart's compassion is noble, but it's not enough to make Lily's story resonate. (resources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Lily is trans and is facing puberty, which will make her look less than herself than she does now, while new kid Dunkin's manic impulsiveness makes him a misfit; though they click immediately, life gets complicated. Read full book review >
YOU CAN FLY by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A masterful, inspiring evocation of an era. (Informational poetry. 9-12)"
The story of the struggles and achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen is told in vivid informational poetry. Read full book review >
TIME STOPPERS by Carrie Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Longer than necessary but effervescent, funny, and genuine. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Two neglected kids find a sparkly, magical community and great evil in small-town Maine. Read full book review >

SNAIL AND WORM by Tina Kügler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Friendship and the difficulty of clear communication are the basis for the conflict between classic duos like Frog and Toad, George and Martha, and Elephant and Piggie. None of these need to fear being replaced by Snail and Worm. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Three stories told in mostly one-syllable sight words for beginning readers introduce yet another odd-couple pair of animal friends. Read full book review >
THE CHAMELEON THAT SAVED NOAH'S ARK by Yael Molchadsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"This delightful narrative balances respect for tradition with inviting, accessible storytelling; a very well-executed debut for children and an appealing addition to family reading time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this charming extension of a well-known Bible story, Noah, Na'ama, and the family must discover what chameleons feed on. Read full book review >
AWESOME 8 by Jen Agresta
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Unabashed edutainment, not deep but glossy as that iceberg's surface. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Shaved-down lists of, as the authors put it, "everything the world has to offer," stocked with eye-widening photos and other embellishments. Read full book review >
THE WAY BACK TO YOU by Michelle Andreani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Ambitious but uneven; expect only the most die-hard romance fans to swoon over this. (Fiction. 13-16)"
After a loved one dies, two teens embark on a road trip to visit the recipients of her donated organs. Read full book review >
BOB AND FLO PLAY HIDE-AND-SEEK by Rebecca Ashdown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Not as ridiculous, or as funny, as the first. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Those lovable, naïve preschool penguins are back, this time learning the basics of hide-and-seek. Read full book review >
CLASH OF THE WORLDS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Generally, an enjoyable book with high stakes and a solid ending, despite the mushy middle. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Following the 2013 death of co-author Vizzini, Rylander joins the team for the conclusion to the book-world-hopping House of Secrets series. Read full book review >
IT AIN'T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL by Firoozeh Dumas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"On her own journey to maturity, Cindy deftly guides young readers through Iran's complicated realities in this fresh take on the immigrant experience—authentic, funny, and moving from beginning to end. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
After a rocky start, Cindy (Zomorod to her parents) finds a comfortable niche in her California middle school until political upheaval and revolution in Iran reach the United States, threatening her future and her family's safety. 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 >