DREAMS OF FREEDOM by Amnesty International UK Section
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"With proceeds going to Amnesty International, this album provides much food for thought for those children—and adults—who take the time to contemplate its pages. (Picture book. 5-12)"
Twenty artists from around the world illustrate many aspects of the concept of "freedom," accompanying inspirational sayings from thinkers living and dead. Read full book review >
THE GREAT BIG GREEN BOOK by Mary Hoffman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"Far too hard a sell for the intended audience. (glossary, websites) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Busy, colorful cartoons accompany text meant to encourage environmental activism in children. Read full book review >

15 THINGS NOT TO DO WITH A BABY by Margaret McAllister
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"Sibling love, equal parts sweet and silly. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A list of silly "don't"s culminates in loving "do"s for one big sister in McAllister and Sterling's collaboration. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF LIFE by Catherine Barr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"A high-spirited lead-in to discussions of evolution's proofs and mechanisms, despite the anthropocentric view of Earth's biosphere. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Using colorful language and depicting crayon and collage creatures with wide eyes, even at the single-cell stage, this simple account retraces the history of life on Earth from "tiny floating bits" to humans. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY H. by Barrie Summy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 12, 2015

"Magic exposes the extent of vicious school bullying in this arresting middle school mystery. (Magical realism. 10-14)"
A 13-year-old who sees memories tackles the mystery of a missing girl. Read full book review >

A DRAGON'S GUIDE TO THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HUMANS by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

" Delightful whimsy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This comedy starring a 3,000-year-old dragon and a scrappy little girl takes young readers into a fantasy world situated right next to ours. Read full book review >
SWEEP UP THE SUN by Helen Frost
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"All-around gorgeous; Frost and Lieder again showcase the splendor of nature through the happy marriage of literal and figurative images. (Picture book/poetry. 2-8)"
A picture-book poem calling for adventure that's—thankfully—for the birds. Read full book review >
TALKIN' GUITAR by Robbin Gourley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Aspects of visual discontinuity detract from this otherwise sensitive treatment of a celebrated guitarist's early inspirations. (biographical note, bibliography, list of websites) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
This affectionate portrait of guitar great Arthel "Doc" Watson focuses on his formative musical influences during his Appalachian childhood. Read full book review >
THE MAINE COON'S HAIKU by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"This perfect poetical paean to pussycats makes both a fine gift for a cat lover and an excellent haiku handbook. (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
A kitty companion to The Cuckoo's Haiku (2009) and The Hound Dog's Haiku (2011).Read full book review >
I, FLY by Bridget Heos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A breezy bucketful of buggy braggadocio, with tasty nuggets of well-digested natural history stirred in. (glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Why study boring old butterflies in school when there's a far buzzier insect on tap? A charismatic housefly eloquently states his kind's case. Read full book review >
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE NERD KIND by Jeff Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Space farce, to infinity and...well...if not beyond, then to Mars at least. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Recovering a stolen NASA spacecraft turns out to be only the beginning for Neil and his crew of gonzo video gamers. Read full book review >
WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORWOOD by Shawn Sheehy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"An auspicious debut, imparting a worthy message in playful language and harmonious, sophisticated paper design. (Informational pop-up book. 6-9)"
Seven big, multileveled pop-up versions of animal-built homes or other structures highlight nature's interconnectedness. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >