GIRL ABOUT TOWN by Adam Shankman
Released: May 3, 2016

"The contrived plot and one-dimensional, outlandish characters broadly mimic, rather than evoke, the rich 1930s setting. (Historical mystery. 12-15)"
An over-the-top rags-to-riches story set in 1930s Hollywood. Read full book review >
LILY AND DUNKIN by Donna Gephart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Gephart's compassion is noble, but it's not enough to make Lily's story resonate. (resources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Lily is trans and is facing puberty, which will make her look less than herself than she does now, while new kid Dunkin's manic impulsiveness makes him a misfit; though they click immediately, life gets complicated. Read full book review >

THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson
Released: May 3, 2016

"A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Seventeen-year-old Andie Walker's life is planned down to the minute, and she likes it that way. Read full book review >
SUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake
Released: May 3, 2016

"A smart, satisfying romance. (Romance. 12-18)"
Two teens fall for each other, but their love seems star-crossed because of the sins of their parents. Read full book review >
HOLDING SMOKE by Elle Cosimano
Released: May 3, 2016

"Intertwined spectral and real worlds deliver double the thrills. (Paranormal suspense. 11-16)"
Leaving his actual body behind in prison, Smoke can move through the world as a ghost in this fantastic yet real portrait of a survivor seeking answers. Read full book review >

DREAM ON by Kerstin Gier
Released: May 3, 2016

"A somewhat disappointing, lackluster sequel. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
In Book 2 of the Silver Trilogy, contemporary teen Liv Silver continues visiting dreams, juggling her first romance, and adjusting to her new life in London. Read full book review >
SUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider
Released: May 3, 2016

"Schneider's debut asks readers to consider how and where to draw the line between forgivable and inexcusable transgressions in those we love. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Blindsided by betrayal, wounded in heart and hand, Sloane escapes to Hawaii, where she finds healing, romance, and new complications. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A riveting and highly moving dog story that's marred by clumsy design. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Judy, an English pointer caught up in World War II, formed a solid bond with a young British airman, Frank Williams, and exhibited remarkable heroism. Read full book review >
MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP by Heather Vogel Frederick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"It's all innocent fun for summer campers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Five college-bound friends spend their last summer together as counselors in a girls' camp, coping with homesick little girls. Read full book review >
UNFORGIVABLE by Amy Reed
Released: May 3, 2016

"Fans of Invincible seeking fuller answers to the Marcus-Evie puzzle may forgive the soapy sections and enjoy its more measured, insightful writing and happy ending. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Marcus, anguished at his separation from Evie, shares his back story, including a dysfunctional family, deceased older brother, and a destructive "tornado" inside him that's "spinning out of control." Read full book review >
THE GIRL I USED TO BE by April Henry
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid thriller. (Mystery. 12-18)"
Olivia's father murdered her mother when Olivia was 3 and then vanished, throwing Olivia into a series of foster homes until she achieves early emancipation at age 17. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A thorough and accessible introduction to the Holocaust and the students who dared to take a stand against evil. (source notes, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In the heart of Germany, a student resistance movement called the White Rose took a courageous stand to denounce the Nazis. 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 >