A STORM TOO SOON by Michael J. Tougias
Released: May 24, 2016

"A sure-fire hit with young readers who are always ready for a good disaster tale. (epilogue, author's note) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
In an adaptation for young readers of his A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival, and an Incredible Rescue (2013), Tougias tells the story of the Sean Seymour II, a 44-foot sailboat swamped in a Gulf Stream storm in 2007. Read full book review >
BREAKER by Kat Ellis
Released: May 24, 2016

"Spine-chilling and splendidly gory, with a genre-perfect stormy night denouement: the power cut, the phones out, the corpses revealed by lightning. (Thriller. 12-15)"
A serial killer's son is drawn to the daughter of his dad's final victim. Read full book review >

CURSE by Steven James
Released: May 24, 2016

"Skip. (Paranormal thriller. 12-16) "
Wisconsin teen Daniel Byers continues to have strange visions in the conclusion to the trilogy that began with Blur (2014).Read full book review >
EXILE FOR DREAMERS by Kathleen Baldwin
Released: May 24, 2016

"Readers looking for a fast-paced spy novel might be disappointed by the sometimes-slow pacing, but those seeking period romance with a twist need look no further. (Paranormal historical romance. 12-18)"
This Regency-era romance set in 1814 England features students who attend Stranje House, an establishment for girls with unusual talents. Read full book review >
Released: May 24, 2016

"Propelled by a feisty and fabulous heroine, Lee's sophomore novel is powerful, evocative, and thought-provoking. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
Leading up to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, ambitious Mercy Wong talks her way out of Chinatown and into an elite boarding school. Read full book review >

Released: May 24, 2016

"The juxtaposition of rounded characters with outrageous situations gives readers just enough of a base to stand on before the story runs off with them. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Six legally emancipated, culturally and racially diverse teens share a luxury house in Venice Beach, but the once-tightknit group is drifting apart, and their only hope for coming together is breaking through the multiple lies, coverups, and conspiracies twisting through their lives. Read full book review >
Released: May 24, 2016

"High-octane drama that thrills but lacks much-needed emotional resolution. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Twin sisters struggle to find themselves in the wake of the death of the boy who nearly destroyed them. Read full book review >
THE WORLD BENEATH by Janice Warman
Released: May 24, 2016

"A good complement to nonfiction about apartheid South Africa, a little-explored place and period in children's literature. (glossary, author's note, letter from Amnesty International) (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Warman turns her journalistic talents to historical fiction in her debut novel about the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and how it shapes a young boy's life. Read full book review >
THE SAFEST LIES by Megan Miranda
Released: May 24, 2016

"Positively movie-ready. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Kelsey has lived her entire 17 years with her mother in a house set up like a fortress. When her agoraphobic mom disappears, Kelsey finds herself in real danger. Read full book review >
26 KISSES by Anna Michels
Released: May 24, 2016

"A thinly drawn summer romance saved by its protagonist's self-actualization. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When her longtime boyfriend suddenly dumps her, a girl embarks on a mission to get over him by kissing 26 boys. Read full book review >
MAYDAY by Karen Harrington
Released: May 24, 2016

"A fine character-driven tale that slowly grows to a crescendo of satisfaction. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After surviving a plane crash, Wayne has plenty to cope with. Read full book review >
Released: May 19, 2016

"A good bet for fans of historical fiction. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Martin must run the family farm after his father is seriously injured in an accident. 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 >