NURSERY RHYME CLUES AND CRIMES by Walter Foster Jr.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Will the puzzle pieces last any longer than the thin plastic sleeves in which they're packaged? It's no mystery. (Nursery rhymes/novelty. 2-4)"
Pre-K Poirots eager to find out what happened to Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, and other nursery-rhyme victims can literally assemble the clues in this set of jigsaw puzzles. Read full book review >
THE QUIET PIRATE by Stephanie Thatcher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Beleaguered introverts may give a hearty cheer, but neither the art nor the writing is particularly seaworthy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Even if the meek don't end up inheriting the Earth, sometimes they can bag a pirate ship. Read full book review >

"OH, NO," SAID ELEPHANT by A.H. Benjamin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Kids will giggle over Elephant's attempts to play and cheer when he finally triumphs. The underlying message reassures without being apparent. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Poor Elephant. Every time that Leopard, Monkey, and Zebra want to play a new game, Elephant says "Oh, no, I'm not good at that." But he tries anyway. Read full book review >
A HOT CUP OF CHOCOLATE by Rose Stanley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"A useful tale of a boy's attempts to help a friend whose parents are separating. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Can hot chocolate help solve a problem? Read full book review >
TILLY'S BIG PROBLEM by Rose Stanley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Message-laden but creative spin on finding a trusted adult. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Tilly has a problem in her life and does not know where to turn for help. Read full book review >

SWORD IN THE STACKS by Jen Swann Downey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2016

"Never a dull moment in this lybrary school. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Dorrie's quest to join the heroic lybrarians in protecting intellectual freedom in all times and climes takes her literally and figuratively from Passaic, New Jersey, into deadly waters in this madcap sequel to The Accidental Keyhand (2014). Read full book review >
OPEN UP, PLEASE! by Silvia Borando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2016

"Good for sparking discussions about unintended consequences—but discomfiting when read without preparation. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a nearly wordless escapade, glued-on flaps form cage doors, and lifting them frees a series of grateful animal captives. Read full book review >
CARLOTA WOULDN'T SAY BOO by José Carlos Andrés
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 6, 2016

"A tale gently told of finding our inner strengths. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Once upon a short time ago, there was a girl named Carlota who had a unique power: everyone understood her just from her gestures and glances. Read full book review >
1 BIG SALAD by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"From layout to text to artwork, this counting book takes 'playing with your food' to a new level. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Photographs of salad ingredients, embellished with details done in black ink, create whimsical arrays from one through 10. Read full book review >
NINJA! ATTACK OF THE CLAN by Arree Chung
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"A clever, laugh-out-loud story for a broad audience. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A young ninja seeks a worthy opponent, but his family is too busy to play. Read full book review >
THE SADDEST TOILET IN THE WORLD by Sam Apple
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"How many toilet-training manuals take the toilet's side? (Picture book. 3-5)"
Feeling hurt because young Danny refuses to sit on it, a toilet heads for…browner pastures. Read full book review >
PUPPY POOL PARTY! by Seth Casteel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"These precocious pups will appeal to a wide audience of dog lovers, including beginning readers and older readers. (Picture book. 3-10)"
A passel of pups play underwater at their own pool party in this simple story illustrated with high-quality photographs. 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 >