SCARLETT EPSTEIN HATES IT HERE by Anna Breslaw
Released: April 19, 2016

"A sparkling, unabashedly feminist debut. (Fiction. 13-17)"
A self-described "dorky virgin" from a crushingly boring Central Jersey suburb, Scarlett Epstein feels both socially inferior and intellectually superior to everyone around her. Read full book review >
FALLING INTO THE DRAGON'S MOUTH by Holly Thompson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 19, 2016

"Well-crafted and emotionally compelling, with a somewhat regrettable setup. (glossary, cultural guide, resources) (Verse fiction. 10-13)"
A white American boy living in Japan faces serious bullying. Read full book review >

THE 13TH CONTINUUM by Jennifer Brody
Released: April 19, 2016

"Derivative and half-baked. (Science fiction. 12-17)"
A teenager discovers something very wrong in her post-apocalyptic deep-sea colony. Read full book review >
EXTREME BATTLEFIELDS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"A bit unfocused but unusual of theme and gratifyingly broad of both historical and geographical scope. (bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Ten tales of wartime peril and heroism during huge storms, amid trackless mountains, and in the face of other natural barriers and disasters. Read full book review >
CARAVAGGIO by Mark David Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"Combining the timeless allure of action and young-love romance with the historically accurate and turbulent life of the painter Caravaggio, this story succeeds on all levels. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Late Renaissance Italy comes to life in this upper-middle-grade novel featuring the painter Caravaggio and a young friend. Read full book review >

HALF-TRUTHS AND BRAZEN LIES by Kira Vermond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"Yes, sometimes lies grease the wheels—'society would collapse if we told the truth all the time,' say some experts. You wouldn't want that to happen, so let Vermond be your guide. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
We all lie. We can't help it. Read full book review >
SEEKING CASSANDRA by Lutricia Clifton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2016

"An unexpectedly deep mystery with plenty of talking points. (Mystery. 8-12)"
While she's playing detective to find three ancient Plano arrowheads, sheltered 12-year-old Cassie is also gathering clues about life. Read full book review >
OLLIE'S ODYSSEY by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Velveteen Rabbit and Toy Story meet Phantom of the Opera. For better or worse. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A cloth "teddy rabbit" and his beloved boy rescue one another from a toy clown gone bad. Read full book review >
YOU GOT THIS! by Maya S. Penn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"There's no doubt Maya will continue to change the world for the better, and those who can follow her advice might have a shot at joining forces. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
If every teenager were as together as author Penn, the world would be a much different place. Read full book review >
SOMEWHERE AMONG by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A tender piece about connectedness. (Verse historical fiction. 9-12)"
During her mother's difficult pregnancy, Ema and her parents move in with her Japanese grandparents. Read full book review >
THIS LAND IS OUR LAND by Linda Barrett Osborne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Fascinating reading for both browsers and those seeking a more thorough understanding of immigration. (appendix, timeline, source notes, bibliography, credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
As timely as the latest newspaper headline and political debate, Osborne's latest nonfiction volume offers historical context for the issue of immigration. Read full book review >
SHRUNKEN TREASURES by Scott Nash
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Children won't get the jokes; adult readers won't laugh at them. (closing notes) (Satire. 10-12, adult)"
With his "Versizer," a literary shrink ray, Nash condenses works of Homer, Shakespeare, Proust, and six other classic authors into illustrated light verse. 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 >