CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"There is both solace and inspiration in these 11 heroes, but it doesn't take much to imagine that for each of them, there were dozens who didn't get the break. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Stories of 11 athletes overcoming adversity to become the cream of their sports, from Wall Street Journal writer Zuckerman and his two sons. Read full book review >
THE SCREAMING STATUE by Lauren Oliver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Strained and derivative, without sufficient depth to compensate. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Sam, Thomas, Max, and Pippa are in danger of losing the only home they've ever known, in Depression-era New York City. Read full book review >

THE PARENT AGENCY by David Baddiel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Personal development, Three Stooges style. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The hazards of wish fulfillment come, as usual, home to roost when young Barry gets a chance to replace his parents with a new set. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD BETWEEN US by Zac Brewer
Released: May 3, 2016

"Brewer weaves sexuality and identity into the story but does not make them the engine for it; the result is a rich, authentic read. (Mystery. 13-18)"
Adrien can't get away from his wicked sister fast enough after his adoptive parents die in a horrific accident; it takes something huge to get him back in the same city as his sister, his past, the ghosts he's been trying to outrun, and danger he doesn't see coming. Read full book review >
MISSION IMPAWSIBLE by Daphne Maple
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Perhaps this effort will appeal to pet lovers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In the first of a new series, seventh-grader Kim combines her talent and enthusiasm for working with animals with her need to undertake a community service project for school. Read full book review >

TRAITOR ANGELS by Anne Blankman
Released: May 3, 2016

"Like Elizabeth, this story never stands still. Readers will love the journey and learn much on the way. (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
Blankman weaves religion, science, literary genius, poetry, and romance into a mystery that, if solved, could turn the world upside down. Read full book review >
THE SECRET DESTINY OF PIXIE PIPER by Annabelle Fisher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Middle-grade readers will enjoy this book with its hints of magic, well-limned characters, and that totally appealing gosling. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The oddball star of this engaging fantasy slowly comes to believe her unusual character and strange powers come from her distant relationship to Mother Goose. Read full book review >
WORLDS EXPLODE by Shane Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Start with the first (because it's so much fun) and finish anticipating the next. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Last of the Legend Hunters, Finn may be doomed to destroy two worlds—or just to wear a kitty T-shirt for eternity. Read full book review >
WISHING DAY by Lauren Myracle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"One of Natasha's seventh-grade successes is finally finishing a story; usually they are as unfinished as this one, first in a planned trilogy. Readers like her sisters will be eager to see where her story goes. (Fiction. 9-13)"
In sleepy Willow Hill, a girl's many wishes come true. Read full book review >
STINGRAY CITY by Ellen Prager
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Eco-sleuths triumph again, but it might be just as well to send them to retirement now. (afterword) (Adventure. 10-12)"
When the stingray population at a famed Grand Cayman attraction plummets mysteriously, it's time to call in the Sea Guardians. Read full book review >
TROUBLE THE WATER by Frances O’Roark Dowell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Readers who identify with Wendell may feel a call to action; those who identify with Callie may just be exasperated at the inaction. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
It's 1953 in Celeste, Kentucky, and 11-year-old Callie Robinson wants to report news for the local black newspaper, the Advance. Wendell Crow is quite the opposite; the white boy spends his summer days by the river, hoping no one will notice him. Read full book review >
SHUFFLE, REPEAT by Jen Klein
Released: May 3, 2016

"It's a predictable romance about two smart white teens, but it's an entertaining and even touching one. (Romance. 12-18)"
June thinks high school is merely a stopgap between childhood and real life until she starts carpooling with the star jock. 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 >