THE BLOBFISH BOOK by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Fine for a metafictive read-aloud but not so great as science. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
The world's ugliest animal speaks up. Read full book review >
THE LONELY LION CUB by Amelia Cobb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"The Doctor Dolittle premise and kid-friendly setting don't make up for pacing, plot, and writing weaknesses. (Fantasy. 5-8)"
A girl who can talk to animals helps a lonely new arrival at the zoo. Read full book review >

A CHARMED LIFE / UNA VIDA CON SUERTE by Gladys E. Barbieri
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"With illustrations that suggest a sunny memory, Felicia's story shows the ways that she's part of a continuing cycle, rather than an outsider, and does it without belaboring the point. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young Latina girl has an unexpected encounter while accompanying her mother to work in this bilingual picture book touching on the immigrant experience. Read full book review >
THE STORY CIRCLE / EL CIRCULO DE CUENTOS by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"This fully bilingual title is marginal at best—not recommended. (Bilingual picture book. 5-9)"
After a storm floods their school, a group of racially diverse children is left with no books. Read full book review >
STICKS & STONES by Sarah Mlynowski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Appealing, warmhearted, and magical. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Nory and her friends are misfits in an alternate universe (Upside-Down Magic, 2015) where everyone has a magical talent. Read full book review >

WHERE DID ALL THE DINOS GO? by Jim Benton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Despite the title, not a fact-based book but rather one catering to toddlers whose favorite T-shirts sport cheery, cartoon dinos. (Board book. 1-3)"
Full Review: A board-book version of a hide-and-seek game is set in a fantasy world where dinosaurs live among us. Read full book review >
THE BIG MOVE by Lindsey Leavitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A frisky adventure not at all weighed down by the timely doses of local history folded in. (Fiction. 7-9)"
An all-too-close encounter with the new president's children and their "c-a-t" nearly spells disaster for two White House mice in this history-laced series opener. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE THREE KINGS / EL CASO DE LOS REYES MAGOS by Alidis Vicente
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A mystery serving as a gateway into Puerto Rican culture, traditions, and panorama, narrated by a one-of-a-kind Latina gumshoe. (Bilingual mystery. 8-12)"
Precocious self-styled Detective Flaca returns, now 11 years old, in a mystery set in Puerto Rico. Read full book review >
LET'S HAVE A PICNIC! by Hunter Reid
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"No need to go on this excursion. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A white-spotted black pup enjoys various picnic activities. Read full book review >
THE FERRYLAND VISITOR by Charis Cotter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"An interesting, mysterious story with memorable illustrations. (author's note, publisher's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
This slightly spooky tale, based on a true story, recalls a mysterious visitor to the Squires family, who were living in a lighthouse in Newfoundland in the 1970s. Read full book review >
BOOK OF DRAGONS by Patricia Saxton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Though flashy at first glance, barely a glimmer next to Dugald Steer's Dragonology (2003) or Graeme Base's Discovery of Dragons (1996). (Informational fantasy. 10-12)"
Scaly monsters preen, glower fiercely, and soar grandly in this introduction to dragon kind and care. Read full book review >
JOURNEY by Lisa Chambers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A weak effort. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A horse meanders through life. 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 >