UPSTAGED by Patricia McCowan
Released: April 12, 2016

"A nifty story for theater fans. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A stage-struck girl accustomed to getting the lead must face real competition when her dad moves her to Toronto. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE STORY OF YOU by Beth Kephart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"A masterful exploration of nature's power to shake human foundations, literal and figurative. (Fiction. 12-18)"
The devastating superstorm arrives without warning at night, destroying the bridge connecting Haven, a New Jersey barrier island, to the mainland and isolating residents from one another; with her mother and fragile little brother on the other side, Mira Banul, 17, must cope alone. Read full book review >

OCDANIEL by Wesley King
Released: April 12, 2016

"Part coming-of-age, part mystery, and part middle-grade social-problem novel, Daniel's story will resonate with a broad spectrum of readers. (Fiction. 8-13)"
In a departure from his previous book, The Incredible Space Raiders from Space (2015), King offers the story of an "eccentric thirteen-year-old social oddity" who desperately wants to be normal. Read full book review >
LADY RENEGADES by Rachel Hawkins
Released: April 12, 2016

"Mythic adventure at the country club. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
Adolescent Alabama belles have taken on the magical powers of ancient Greek heroes and mystics, with complicated results. Now they try to resolve it all in this third installment of the Rebel Belle series. Read full book review >
PAWS OF COURAGE by Nancy Furstinger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"The photographs will make this highly appealing to dog lovers who will also find the brief text and short chapters easy to manage. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Myriad canines loyally serve in a variety of roles aiding their human companions; National Geographic portrays the efforts of 24 working dogs. Read full book review >

RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Once again, DiCamillo demonstrates the power of simple words in a beautiful and wise tale. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Ten-year-old Raymie Clarke of Lister, Florida, has a plan to get her father to come back home. Read full book review >
FINDING HOPE by Colleen Nelson
Released: April 12, 2016

"A double story that draws readers in. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Hope misses her brother Eric, a former star hockey player who has become a meth addict. Will leaving home for a boarding school in the city help ease the pain? Read full book review >
THE MECHANICAL MIND OF JOHN COGGIN by Elinor Teele
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A sly, side-splitting hoot from start to finish. (Adventure. 11-13)"
The dreary prospect of spending a lifetime making caskets instead of wonderful inventions prompts a young orphan to snatch up his little sister and flee. Where? To the circus, of course. Read full book review >
SHADOW MAGIC by Joshua Khan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A kingdom that embraces darkness but not evil is an interesting concept but not enough to make up for choppy pacing and flat characters; here's hoping the sequel is better balanced. (map, cast of characters) (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A woodcutter's son's and a new queen's paths intertwine in this debut middle-grade high fantasy. Read full book review >
THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY by Laura Shovan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Readers may wonder if they really needed a poem for every day of the school year. (glossary, guide to poetic forms) (Verse novel. 8-12)"
This novel in verse is a remarkable feat of mimicry. The poems sound exactly like they were written by real fifth-graders. Read full book review >
SKATING WITH THE STATUE OF LIBERTY by Susan Lynn Meyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A sweet book that readers will find sneaks up on them. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Meyer's first book, Black Radishes (2010), was about a family's escape from the Nazis. This sequel may feel like a relief, at first.Read full book review >
THE LAST MONSTER by Ginger Garrett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"An uneven but entertaining approach to mixed mythologies. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Introspective Sofia, a recent cancer survivor midway through seventh grade, acquires both a prosthetic leg and an unlooked-for role: Guardian of monsters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >