THE FIREFLY CODE by Megan Frazer Blakemore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Less stark than The Giver (1993), this welcome addition to the dystopic utopia genre is a young cousin of Ally Condie's Matched (2010) and Mary Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox (2008). (Science fiction. 9-12)"
A girl realizes her suburban, corporate-run utopia has dark underpinnings. Read full book review >
THE WAY BACK TO YOU by Michelle Andreani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Ambitious but uneven; expect only the most die-hard romance fans to swoon over this. (Fiction. 13-16)"
After a loved one dies, two teens embark on a road trip to visit the recipients of her donated organs. Read full book review >

A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY by Tom Ellen
Released: May 3, 2016

"An engaging and endearing story of what it is to find your place in the world and a person to share it with. (Romance. 13-17)"
Two teens on the cusp of adulthood find love in this British import. Read full book review >
CLASH OF THE WORLDS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Generally, an enjoyable book with high stakes and a solid ending, despite the mushy middle. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Following the 2013 death of co-author Vizzini, Rylander joins the team for the conclusion to the book-world-hopping House of Secrets series. Read full book review >
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 >
IT AIN'T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL by Firoozeh Dumas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"On her own journey to maturity, Cindy deftly guides young readers through Iran's complicated realities in this fresh take on the immigrant experience—authentic, funny, and moving from beginning to end. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
After a rocky start, Cindy (Zomorod to her parents) finds a comfortable niche in her California middle school until political upheaval and revolution in Iran reach the United States, threatening her future and her family's safety. 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 >
SWING SIDEWAYS by Nanci Turner Steveson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Too much telling, not enough truth. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An anxious girl makes a mysterious summer friendship in this middle-grade debut. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >