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 >
SEALED WITH A SECRET by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Not meaty but an entertaining, comfortably predictable path through solving the puzzle of sibling rivalry. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A 12-year-old Londoner hopes that solving a 75-year-old puzzle will mend her relationship with her big sister. Read full book review >
WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A MUNCH AND A CRUNCH by Emma J. Virján
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Nitpicking aside, schools and libraries should plan on picnicking with this pig in a wig. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Super silliness helps new readers practice. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >