DOUBLE DOWN by Gwenda Bond
Released: May 1, 2016

"A must read for comics fans and mystery enthusiasts alike. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Following the events of Fallout (2015), Lois Lane is still settling into her new life in Metropolis. Read full book review >
A SMALL MADNESS by Dianne Touchell
Released: May 1, 2016

"Told with compassion and empathy, a conversation-starting look at the dangers of keeping a pregnancy secret. (Fiction. 14-18)"
High school couple Rose and Michael deal with the devastating consequences of her insistence that an unexpected pregnancy simply isn't real in this Australian import. Read full book review >

ONE THOUSAND WORDS FOR WAR by Madeline Smoot
Released: May 1, 2016

"Useful fare for creative-writing classes but more significantly, an above-average set of takes on a worthy theme. (Science fiction/fantasy short stories. 11-14)"
Nineteen rising stars answer a challenge to write in a distinctive narrative frame native to East Asian literature, offering visions of alien contact, escape from repression, and exploits in alternate, virtual, and extraterrestrial worlds. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2016

"A suitable introduction to the field of law enforcement with a salutary, rarely seen focus. (author's note, introduction, resources, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 13-18)"
This small but ambitious book in the Women of Action series profiles 16 American women who were or are involved in law enforcement, describing their specific jobs while simultaneously showing the painfully slow entry of women into this field. Read full book review >
THE LOST CIPHER by Michael Oechsle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"Plucky kids, the spice of danger, the lure of treasure, and an ever-so-happy (if remarkably improbable) conclusion all combine to make this an enjoyable if undemanding read. (Mystery. 10-14)"
After being sent to a mountain camp for grieving teens, impoverished Lucas learns of a multimillion-dollar treasure that may be buried nearby and can be found only by breaking a difficult cipher. Read full book review >

HURRICANE KISS by Deborah Blumenthal
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 2016

"A neatly wrought, effective survival tale. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two teens find themselves alone as a Category 5 hurricane threatens Houston. Read full book review >
KEEP ME IN MIND by Jaime Reed
Released: April 26, 2016

"Examining the power of memory and shifting the perceptions of teenage love, this novel delivers a powerful journey of self-discovery and rebirth. (Romance. 12-16)"
Ellia Renée Dawson cannot believe she is a junior in high school. Yesterday she was a freshman, because that's all she can remember. Read full book review >
DRAG TEEN by Jeffery Self
Released: April 26, 2016

"Even frothy fun needs a deep bass line that isn't found here. (Fiction. 12-18)"
When the only exit from Floridian monotony is winning a drag contest, beggars can't be losers. Read full book review >
RESCUED by Eliot Schrefer
Released: April 26, 2016

"Strong stuff but an important story. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When your brother is an orangutan, you have a serious responsibility. Read full book review >
ARF by Spencer Quinn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"Birdie and Bowser fans will enjoy the brouhaha in the bayou and hope more mysteries are on the way for their favorite sleuths. (Mystery.10-14)"
Dynamic duo Birdie and Bowser, an 11-year-old sleuth and her fearless canine companion, set out to solve the case closest to Birdie's heart in this sequel to Woof (2015). Read full book review >
THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD by Siobhan Vivian
Released: April 26, 2016

"The almost-dystopian setting of post-flood Aberdeen makes a beautifully surreal setting, even if Keeley's journey can't quite carry the narrative. (Fiction. 13-16)"
When disaster strikes a working-class town, the class clown learns her coping mechanisms don't help anyone. Read full book review >
A HUNDRED HOURS OF NIGHT by Anna Woltz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 26, 2016

"This won't linger, but it goes down smooth. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
A Dutch teen flees scandal at home for the bright lights of New York only to encounter Hurricane Sandy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 3, 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 >