THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER by Dave Barry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A light, comic tone and more-or-less believable stakes make for a winning combination. (Thriller. 8-12) "
A Miami eighth-grader's class trip to the nation's capital quickly escalates into an international incident. Read full book review >
THE TOTALLY SECRET SECRET by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Here's hoping that Ballet Cat and Sparkles return soon to help new readers learn about friendship. This series will not be a secret for long. (Early reader. 4-8)"
A pink cat and a polka-dot horse join together in a light story of secrets and friendship. Read full book review >

MONKEY AND THE LITTLE ONE by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"The story looks beautiful, but the depths of the issue are never plumbed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mouse disturbs a monkey's tranquility but soon turns from irksome to indispensable in Alexander's tale of friendship's often strange course. Read full book review >
POOL by JiHyeon Lee
by JiHyeon Lee, illustrated by JiHyeon Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"While the contrast between the slender explorers and the fat intruders is unfortunate, Lee's control of palette and pacing makes this Korean import otherwise a delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two children with phenomenal lung capacity have an astonishing adventure in the neighborhood pool. Read full book review >
THERE'S A LION IN MY CORNFLAKES by Michelle Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"This bland addition to the 'unusual pets' genre misses most of the comedic possibilities and ends up a long way from 'grrrrreat.' (Picture book. 5-7)"
An all-too-successful cereal promotion leads to surprises, some of them unpleasant, for two lads who send in coupons for a free lion. Read full book review >

THE DAD WITH 10 CHILDREN by Bénédicte Guettier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"1 dad + 10 tykes = sublime silliness. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A single dad blessed (or cursed—mileage may vary) with 10 very young children builds a boat and sails away. Read full book review >
GOOD MORNING TO ME! by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A few hearty squawks and a brisk bit of exercise—what better way to start the day? (Picture book. 5-7)"
Unlike her snoozing friend Mouse, Beatrix is a morning person…er, parrot, who rises both in full voice and fully ready to torment the household cat. Read full book review >
KOBEE MANATEE by Robert Scott Thayer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"An appealing picture book distinguished by its colorful images, creatively distilled meteorological facts, and simple but dynamic storytelling."
A manatee and his friends swim across the Gulf Stream and brave a hurricane on their way to the Bahamas in this colorful adventure for young readers. Read full book review >
CUCKOO SONG by Frances Hardinge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 8, 2015

"Nuanced and intense, this painstakingly created tale mimics the Escher-like constructions of its villainous Architect, fooling the eyes and entangling the emotions of readers willing and able to enter into a world like no other. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
This dense and twisty fantasy set in post-World War I Great Britain mixes monstrous creatures, sibling rivalry, a supernatural doppelgänger, family dysfunction and a kidnapping into a complex brew of eerie atmosphere and unexpected events. Read full book review >
PUZZLING DOGS by Linda Falken
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"What's 'puzzling' is how this could be regarded as even marginally worthy of its audience or the institution that published it. (Novelty. 3-6)"
A bound album of jigsaw puzzles made from images of dogs found in paintings or other works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read full book review >
SHARKS HAVE SIX SENSES by John F. Waters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"A distinct and refreshing change of pace from the usual melodramatic shark fare. (glossary, websites) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Paper-collage portraits with only an occasional flash of jagged dentifrice illustrate this appreciative description of how sharks use their extraordinarily sharp senses to find prey. Read full book review >
SPY GUY by Jessica Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Will Spy Guy be the next 007? Unless there's another book, readers will never know. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A small, pixie-haired, gap-toothed, pink-skinned boy rocking a fedora aspires to competence as a spy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >