THE FAMILY FLETCHER TAKES ROCK ISLAND by Dana Alison Levy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"An old-fashioned summer adventure set in a very modern world, this lively family tale will leave readers impatient for more. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Even on historic Rock Island, "Where Time Stands Still," things change. Read full book review >
SAVE ME A SEAT by Sarah Weeks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A novel treatment of a familiar situation delivered with fizz and aplomb. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A refreshing spin on a story about fitting in and overcoming obstacles features two viewpoints written by two authors. Read full book review >

LADY LIBERTY'S HOLIDAY by Jen Arena
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"An amusing commemoration. (bibliography) (Picture book. 5-7)"
When the Statue of Liberty decides to leave her pedestal and travel around the country, her absence may result in the cancellation of the Fourth of July. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF THE SUN by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A baroque premise fuels a reasonably adventuresome middle volume. (Science fiction/fantasy hybrid. 11-13)"
With the all-powerful Global Energy Trust hot on the trail, this sequel to The Arctic Code (2015) finds Eleanor and her ragtag band of allies mounting assaults on more of the alien devices that are rapidly forcing Earth into an ice age by sucking up its "telluric energy."Read full book review >
THE BELL IN THE BRIDGE by Ted Kooser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A bucolic story with more adult than child appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lonely boy finds but never meets a kindred spirit in this summer reverie. Read full book review >

THE ARK PLAN by Laura Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Formulaic but with enough juice in the characters and their relentlessly dangerous setting to keep the story hydrated. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
With resurgent dinosaurs roaming the surface, living underground is humanity's only hope for survival. Or…is it? Read full book review >
BLOCKS by Irene Dickson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Like Ruby, Benji, and Guy, readers will want to share Blocks! (Picture book. 2-4)"
A cleverly simple book builds skills as well as towers. Read full book review >
THE DRAKE EQUATION by Bart King
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"An overstuffed, messy sci-fi narrative whose saving grace is an enjoyable main character. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
After finding a mysterious puck-shaped object in the woods, a young bird-watcher must play the hero—and at times fail—in this adventure. Read full book review >
THREE MAGIC BALLOONS by Julianna Margulies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Tender, winsome, and loving. (author's introduction) (Picture book. 3-8)"
Three young sisters are granted a magical reward for their generosity. Read full book review >
LEO CAN SWIM by Anna McQuinn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A welcome addition to the toddler bookshelf. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Leo is back (Leo Loves Baby Time, 2014, etc.), and now he happily attends a community swim class with Daddy.Read full book review >
WE CAME TO AMERICA by Faith Ringgold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"In today's complex world, this book offers a humbling reminder about our arduous histories, though it has significant gaps.(Picture book. 5-7)"
A heartfelt U.S. history lesson that's less about our differences and more about how "We are ALL Americans, / Just the same." Read full book review >
FRANKIE THE BLANKIE by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Why couldn't Doris have just kept Frankie as her beloved blankie? (Picture book. 3-5)"
Doris the gorilla tries to make others respect her attachment to her blankie. 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 >