FINDING WILD by Megan Wagner Lloyd
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"If the essence of 'wild' remains elusive, perhaps that is partly the point—'wild' can't be contained but is hidden and waiting to be discovered. (Picture book. 4-10)"
The wild world can be found close by, even in the city. Read full book review >
CAMP ROLLING HILLS by Stacy Davidowitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"The author's love for camp shines through, and although this novel will likely have a narrow appeal, it's a strong choice for first-time campers and for those who find camp and its rituals delightful. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An anxious boy and a grieving girl on the cusp of adolescence find nascent love at Camp Rolling Hills, a summer camp steeped in its own mythology and culture. Read full book review >

PRINCESS LI / LA PRINCESA LI by Luis Amavisca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"While it is rare and refreshing to see a lesbian couple appear in a picture book outside the context of motherhood, the love affair between Li and Beatrice isn't likely to extend to their readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This bilingual Spanish/English picture book celebrates an interracial love affair between two women. Read full book review >
THE DADDY STORE by Sanne Miltenburg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Visit the library or bookstore for a new read instead. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A flier from the Daddy Store starts a young boy to thinking about his dad's flaws. Read full book review >
THUNDER BOY JR. by Sherman Alexie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"An expertly crafted, soulful, and humorous work that tenderly explores identity, culture, and the bond between father and son. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Thunder Boy Smith Jr. hates his name. Read full book review >

PROFESSOR ASTRO CAT'S ATOMIC ADVENTURE by Dominic Walliman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Readers may pick up a few 'factoroids' along the way, but more systematic tours are available for the booking. (glossary/index) (Informational picture book. 9-11)"
Space-suited science guide Astro Cat leads a tour of physics, from molecules to the multiverse. Read full book review >
BEST FRIENDS FOR NEVER by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"In the end the book feels as though it needed a couple more drafts to pull all its elements into balance. (Magical realism. 8-12)"
Moving to small-town Massachusetts from Brooklyn wasn't easy for 12-year-old narrator Hattie, but she lucked into a group of friends fairly quickly. Read full book review >
LOOK OUT FOR THE FITZGERALD-TROUTS by Esta Spalding
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Here's hoping subsequent volumes find a better balance. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Four children of complicated parentage live in a car on a tropical island and hunt for a place to call home. Read full book review >
MEGALOPOLIS by Cléa Dieudonné
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A bit awkward to follow considering its length and orientation but truly a grand tour. (Novelty. 6-9)"
An extraplanetary visitor's city visit literally unfolds in this unusually formatted panorama. Read full book review >
BABY ANIMALS DAY & NIGHT by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A simple book with interesting possibilities for repeated reading, especially likely to hold the attention of both babies and their preschool-age siblings. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Full Review: As she did in Baby Animals Spots & Stripes (2014) and Baby Animals Black & White (1998), Tildes uses detailed black-and-white illustrations to catch infants' eyes, here highlighting four unusual animals. Read full book review >
OUR GREAT BIG BACKYARD by Laura Bush
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Produced to celebrate the National Park Service's upcoming centenary, a breezy invitation to prospective travelers to 'get out there!' (Picture book. 6-8)"
A family road trip through several national parks transforms young Jane's feelings about missing out on a summer of online fun with her friends. Read full book review >
ART BARN by Sam Williams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Substitute any of the more realistic and genuinely engaging introductions to preschool routines that are available. (Board book. 2-4)"
Busy art featuring cartoonish stuffed animals introduces young children to typical preschool activities in whimsical Noah's Park, a sort of combination theme park and preschool. 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 >