FIVE NICE MICE & THE GREAT CAR RACE by Chisato Tashiro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"These winning mice easily take home the trophy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The five titular nice (and cute-as-a-button) mice vie for a gigantic piece of cheese. Read full book review >
MY RED BALLOON by Kazuaki Yamada
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"This buoyant tale elegantly conveys the sustaining gift of friendship. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A day in the life of a girl, her animal friends and her special red balloon. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2014

"A sensitive, compassionate and smart retelling of prison stories "so real, so starkly real, so brutally honest, they seem like our own.""
In this debut memoir, a woman aims to cultivate learning in youths who, for whatever reason, have ended up behind bars. Read full book review >
CASSIE AND JASPER TO THE RESCUE by Bryn Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Paced at a smooth canter and tugging at the heartstrings, this slim tale is a call to action for middle-grade animal lovers. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Cassie and Jasper try to save an abused horse in this tense and heroic little adventure. Read full book review >
FAST HANDS by John Pappenheimer
Released: May 1, 2014

"Fishing, fighting and girls make this a real guy's-guy story in which a fairly solid plot is marred by overwriting, confusing jargon and one-dimensional female characters. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A coming-of-age story set on an Alaskan fishing boat. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2014

"Readers who don't mind a little brain spatter on the windshield will be happy they took this particular trip. (Horror. 12-16)"
The zombie apocalypse begins on a Venturer Scout camping trip in the hills outside of Los Angeles when Cassie's would-be boyfriend, Mark, reanimates after an unfortunate paintball accident. Read full book review >
PERMISSION TO PARENT by Robin Berman
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 1, 2014

"While much of what Berman suggests can be found in other similarly intentioned books, the way she phrases her ideas is welcoming to parents and encourages them in all the best ways to grow into that important role."
How to set limits for your child in a balanced, supportive way. Read full book review >
INTO THE WOODS by John Yorke
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 2014

"Aristotle, Hegel and Chris Rock all have something to contribute to Yorke's overarching thesis: Attention to structure is essential in all narrative forms."
Former BBC Drama head Yorke, now director of an independent production company and founder of the BBC Writers Academy, distills his experience in film and TV in this concise guide for aspiring screenwriters. Read full book review >
BEFORE WE EAT by Pat Brisson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"A warm celebration of both small farms and the idea that it takes a village to feed a child. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A simple poem thanking the people who grow, transport, sell and prepare our food is transformed by Azarian's bright woodcuts. Read full book review >
FREEDOM SUMMER by Susan Goldman Rubin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"A fascinating treatment of a key civil rights moment. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In time for the 50th anniversary of the pivotal civil rights event, Rubin presents heroes, villains and everyday people in 1964 Mississippi. Read full book review >
THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY by Tracy Holczer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Grace's surprising discoveries about herself, her family, and her friends, and her struggles with sorrow and forgiveness, are engrossing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this debut novel, Holczer presents a tender, transformative exploration of family, loss and reconciliation. Read full book review >
WHAT HAS BECOME OF YOU by Jan Elizabeth Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"With a keen ear for the machinations of a teacher's mind, Watson (Asta in the Wings, 2009) deftly ratchets up the tension in this riveting game of cat and mouse."
Vera Lundy's had a little trouble letting go of her high school demons, so teaching 10th-grade English might not have been the wisest career choice. Read full book review >