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 >
DEFENDER by Graham McNamee
Released: April 12, 2016

"Tense, fast-moving, and atmospheric. (Mystery. 12-18)"
Finding a long-dead body in the basement of her run-down Toronto apartment building sends Tyne searching for uncomfortable truths. Read full book review >

WAYBOUND by Cameron Baity
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"A brainy, action-packed fantasy outing even more complex and sophisticated than series opener Foundry's Edge (2015). (glossary) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Phoebe Plumm and Micah Tanner bravely search for the mysterious Occulyth, which they hope will resolve all of their challenges in this second of the Books of Ore. Read full book review >
RED by Liesl Shurtliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Fairy-tale fun with resonant depth makes for another solid outing. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In another of her fairy-tale mashups, Shurtliff brings inventive new dimensions to Granny and Red, whom readers met in the companion book, Rump (2013). Read full book review >
MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS by Brooks Benjamin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"An earnest first novel with a solid message about finding out who you are on your own terms. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Dillon's dad wants him to play football, his crew wants him to freestyle, but all he wants to do is dance, dance. Read full book review >
LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch
Released: April 12, 2016

"Seasoned with luscious descriptions of Renaissance architecture and Italian food, a sure bet for fans of romance fiction and armchair travel. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Her life already upended by her mother's short illness and death, Lina, 16, moves to Tuscany to live with the father she's never met. Read full book review >
DREAMOLOGY by Lucy Keating
Released: April 12, 2016

"Formulaic teen romance decorated with science-fiction mishmash. (Romance. 13-16)"
When Alice starts at a new high school, she finds the boy she's been dreaming of her entire life. Read full book review >
COUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016

"Thyme's remarkable perseverance and resilience will inspire readers of Conklin's compassionate tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her younger brother's critical illness and a transcontinental move create upheaval in 11-year-old Thyme's life. Read full book review >
A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON by Samantha Mabry
Released: April 12, 2016

"Fans of open-ended, atmospheric stories will enjoy the chilling suspense. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Lucas is a rich, blond gringo in Puerto Rico, but he actually believes the old island tales about the secretive shut-in who lives down the street from his family's luxury hotel. 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 >