REMY SNEAKERS VS. THE ROBO-RATS by Kevin Sherry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2017

"A madcap series opener with a wink or two at some topical themes. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 6-8)"
When an evil toymaker threatens to release a fleet of robot pigeon spy drones, it's up to urban raccoon Remy to organize and lead the resistance. Read full book review >
UGLY CAT & PABLO by Isabel Quintero
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2017

"Both chapter-book and reluctant readers will go for this one like cats to paletas. (recipe) (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Ugly Cat and Pablo are two tough dudes with hearts of gold and a penchant for miscommunication and (mis)adventure. Read full book review >

THE UNBREAKABLE CODE by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2017

"Brisk, bookish good fun for puzzle and code lovers. (historical afterword) (Mystery. 9-13)"
Riddles in an online book-finding game put young cipher sleuths Emily and James on the trail of both buried treasure and a vengeful arsonist. Read full book review >
PLANKTON IS PUSHY by Jonathan Fenske
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2017

"An enjoyable comeuppance. Just don't turn the last page. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pesky plankton discovers the secret to being a mussel in Fenske's salute to learning when to clam up. Read full book review >
HOLLY'S DAY AT THE POOL by Benson Shum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2017

"Useful to share with children who are afraid of the water. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pink, suburban hippo is afraid to swim. Read full book review >

SONIA SOTOMAYOR by Sylvia Mendoza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2017

"Definitely on a mission, but some sense of the woman beneath the robes comes through. (notes, bibliography) (Biography. 12-14)"
An analytical view of the personal and cultural values that make the Supreme Court's first Hispanic and third woman justice an admirable role model. Read full book review >
WONDERFUL YOU by Lauren McLaughlin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2017

"Though open adoptions have become more common, they are still not the majority; this is more a single family's adoption story than one that speaks to all adopted children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A birth mother searches for the right parents for her unborn child in this story narrated by the adoptive mother. Read full book review >
SHARE, BIG BEAR, SHARE! by Maureen Wright
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2017

"'I like to share…. / It makes me happy deep inside.' To amuse and instruct, one could do a lot worse than Wright and Hillenbrand's bear and old oak. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Big Bear, after a few false starts, remembers to share the fare. Read full book review >
ROLLING THUNDER by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2017

"A deeply felt if sketchy companion for Eve Bunting's The Wall, illustrated by Ronald Himler (1990), or the plethora of introductions to the Memorial Day holiday. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)"
A tribute to the massive annual motorcycle rally in Washington, D.C., that honors our country's veterans. Read full book review >
EVIL EMPEROR PENGUIN by Laura Ellen Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fantastically fun cartoon romp. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
In this graphic charmer, an evil penguin, his octopus sidekick, and a cuddly minion take on a diabolical feline. Read full book review >
MAISY'S BUS by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2017

"Another solid, engaging piece from Maisy and Co. (Board book. 1-3)"
Mouse Maisy drives a green bus to the beach. Read full book review >
PLANTS IN DISGUISE by Lise Hedegaard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 27, 2017

"Wilts next to similar flower guides, such as Susan Stockdale's vivid Fantastic Flowers (2017). (websites, range notes) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
A gallery of flora named after fauna. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >