SCUBA DOG by Ann Marie Stephens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Sweet, uneven, and slight. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A dog finds a friend in an unlikely place. Can a dog and a whale be friends? Read full book review >
IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO TO THE BEACH, DON'T! by Elise Parsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A delightful demonstration of just one of many things not to take to the beach; the brainstorming possibilities are endless. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The voice of experience (about alligators at school) this time deals with her inability to leave her beloved piano at home while visiting the beach. Read full book review >

YOU'RE DOING THAT IN THE TALENT SHOW?! by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Best friends don't have to do everything together, but they are there for one another, and Tiny and Penelope exemplify that. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Exuberant Penelope and shy and retiring Tiny, the most oddball of friends, are back, this time trying to decide what they can do together in the school talent show.Read full book review >
IT'S RAMADAN, CURIOUS GEORGE by Hena Khan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A rudimentary introduction, with licensed characters that are just along for the ride. (Board book. 2-4)"
For one special month, George accompanies a young friend through fasts, feasts, and good works at the mosque. Read full book review >
I LOVE CAKE! by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A lesson in sharing that goes down as easily as, well, cake. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pig of a moose learns how to make it up to his friends when he missteps. Read full book review >

CAMP DORK by Beth Vrabel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Honest, funny, and entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Most of the titular gang from Pack of Dorks (2014) is off to spend two weeks at seriously-roughing-it-style Camp Paleo. Sadly, Lucy's not-a-boyfriend, Sam, is going to gymnastics camp instead.Read full book review >
FEASTS OF FURY by Eric Colossal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Amusing but bland, this graphic novel works better as a snack than as a meal. (Graphic adventure. 8-11)"
Traveling chef Rutabaga and his magical cooking-pot companion, Pot, continue to journey the world in search of new ingredients. Read full book review >
LIZBETH LOU GOT A ROCK IN HER SHOE by Troy Howell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Despite the issues with the limping narrative, the illustrations successfully hold the story together while conjuring a wistful air of yesteryear. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A stone in a child's shoe triggers an avalanche of small misfortunes. Read full book review >
SUITE FOR HUMAN NATURE by Diane Charlotte Lampert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"It is an earned triumph when Love prevails. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A gentle parable of how Mother Nature introduced human foibles and strengths to the world. Read full book review >
BEFORE WE MET by Laura Krauss Melmed
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Eloquent rhymes with striking imagery are upstaged by busy illustrations. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An ode from an expectant mother to her unborn child. Read full book review >
LORENZO, THE PIZZA-LOVING LOBSTER by Claire Lordon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Look for stronger food and friendship books than this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Will involving kids in the cooking process help them try new foods? Lordon uses pizza-making to entice in this venture into new tastes. Read full book review >
THE SCREAMING STATUE by Lauren Oliver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Strained and derivative, without sufficient depth to compensate. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Sam, Thomas, Max, and Pippa are in danger of losing the only home they've ever known, in Depression-era New York City. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >