THE SLOWEST BOOK EVER by April Pulley Sayre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Anecdotal, loopily organized, but engaging. And chewy! (glossary, acknowledgments, endnotes with resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Sayre beckons kids to investigate and ruminate on slow-moving animals, slow-growing plants, slow motion, and plenty more.Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A DREAM by Liz Braswell
Released: April 5, 2016

"A surprising and clever twist on a beloved tale. (Fantasy. 13-18)"
What if Disney's Sleeping Beauty never woke up? Read full book review >

MERCY by Nancy Furstinger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"Well-documented, with sidebars on Alcott, Darwin, public health, child labor, and more, Furstinger's lively narrative fills a void. (maps, period photographs, author's note, timeline, quotation notes, bibliography, website) (Biography. 9-12)"
Furstinger examines the life of 19th-century animal rights champion Henry Bergh. Read full book review >
LITTLE DEE AND THE PENGUIN by Christopher Baldwin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016

"A must-read for all would-be adventurers. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
A fun-filled, zany story with a serious message about belonging. Read full book review >
CHARLOTTE CUTS IT OUT by K.A. Barson
Released: April 5, 2016

"An engaging if somewhat heavy-handed exploration of the need for a personal makeover on all levels. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A controlling teen grows up. Read full book review >

MY BOOK OF BIRDS by Geraldo Valério
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"A delight to browse, the book also provides resources to further engage budding ornithologists. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-16)"
An album of North American birds from a Brazilian-Canadian illustrator. Read full book review >
DON'T GET CAUGHT by Kurt Dinan
Released: April 1, 2016

"This caper comedy about an Ocean's 11-style group of high school masterminds will keep readers guessing. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In Dinan's debut novel, Max Cobb and four other Asheville High School students are out for revenge after being caught on the vandalized town water tower, a setup by the school's notorious Chaos Club. Read full book review >
COLA FOUNTAINS AND SPATTERING PAINT BOMBS by Jesse Goosens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"Goosens admits that all the activities in the book have been described and/or done on the Internet and includes a list of websites; young experimenters would do better to turn there first. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
This collection of science tricks and experiments will have kids exploding things, launching them, or making them turn colors. Read full book review >
CALIFORNIA, THE MAGIC ISLAND by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"A must in the Golden State; teachers in other states could use it as inspiration for their own mythic histories. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
In the early 16th century, a Spanish romantic adventure book told of Queen Calafia and her magical land, California, where she led black-skinned Amazon women of great courage and wisdom; Hansen plays on this trope in this illustrated tribute that combines history and myth. Read full book review >
A GIRL CALLED VINCENT by Krystyna Poray Goddu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"A revealing glimpse of a gifted poet whose impassioned works and acts are sure to capture the imaginations of young readers. (timeline, notes, bibliography) (Biography. 10-16)"
The rags-to-riches story of one of the most popular poets of the Jazz Age has caught the eye of adult biographers repeatedly, and here Goddu brings Millay's action-packed life to light for young readers. Read full book review >
DOPING IN SPORTS by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
Released: April 1, 2016

"McPherson's concise, informative overview offers a solid introduction to the issue of doping in the high-stakes world of big-time sports. (timeline, source notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
American sportswriter Grantland Rice famously said, "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game," but winning is all that matters in contemporary sports, and athletes under tremendous pressure to find any competitive edge frequently turn to performance-enhancing drugs. Read full book review >
MASTERS OF DISGUISE by Rebecca L. Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"From an assassin bug's 'Coat of Many Corpses' on, a truly astonishing look at some of nature's most ingenious predatory or survival strategies. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Disguises are common in nature, but here, Johnson puts the spotlight on nine creatures who take mimicry or camouflage to a whole different level. 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 >