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
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 >