GANDHI BEFORE INDIA by Ramachandra Guha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 2014

"Guha offers a full, relaxed portrait of how the "Mahatma" came to be, as he gained his voice as a writer, seeker and leader."
The first in a two-volume biography of Gandhi (1869-1948) by a seasoned Indian scholar distinguishes itself from legions of others by its clarity and many facets. Read full book review >
THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A bloody good way to end a trilogy. (discussion questions) (Horror. 14 & up)"
Vampire Allie, one of the genre's toughest heroines, returns with one last chance to save both vampire- and humankind in this conclusion to the Blood of Eden series. Read full book review >

UNWRAPPED SKY by Rjurik Davidson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A yarn that's easy to admire but hard to warm to, although readers who enjoyed the related stories will certainly wish to investigate."
First novel from the author of the collection The Library of Forgotten Books (2011), which contained several stories in the same setting. Read full book review >
GAIJIN by Matt Faulkner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"An accessible account about a dark—and still too-little-known—moment in American history. (author's note, resources) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
After the United States enters World War II, a half-Japanese teen and his white mother find themselves interned at the Alameda Downs Assembly Center. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF ANIMALS by Janine M. Benyus
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 15, 2014

"Most of us will never go on a safari, but with Benyus' guidance, supplemented with more than 200 charming illustrations, a visit to the zoo can be educational and provide thrills galore—and we can play an important role by observing that the animals are being properly treated."
Nature writer Benyus (Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, 1997, etc.) defends the value of zoos even though scarcely 10 percent meet the standard for accreditation by the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums. Read full book review >

BELLE by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"Byrne brings to this brief history an eye for telling details of daily life, slaveholders' unthinkable cruelty, and the fervent work of a few good men and women who changed their world."
A history of Britain's anti-slavery struggle that begins with a child. Read full book review >
POPULAR by Maya Van Wagenen
Released: April 15, 2014

"A fascinating and unusual slice-of-life work whose humor will best be appreciated by younger teens. (Memoir. 12-16)"
An interesting and earnest memoir of a social experiment conducted by a contemporary eighth-grader who follows the advice in a popularity guide written for 1950s-era teens and blogged the experience for one school year. Read full book review >
FOURTH DOWN AND OUT by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2014

"Another fallen angel seeking salvation through detective work. Legal reporter Welsh-Huggins' debut won't bump Sam Spade off any Best Detective lists, but it's still perfectly respectable."
A former Ohio State football star tries to make his way in the world as a private investigator. Read full book review >
THE GREAT AMERICAN DOCUMENTS by Ruth Ashby
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"The cartoon approach helps refresh history and make it come alive. A good primer for students and a refresher course for their parents."
An illustrated history of the early United States, narrated by Uncle Sam. Read full book review >
THE CURRICULUM by Stanley Bing
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 15, 2014

"Humorous, mostly informative guidance to the world of the "business arts.""
More than a full semester's worth of advice on being successful in business. Read full book review >
NORTHANGER ABBEY by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Northanger Abbey is frequently thought of alongside Austen's juvenilia. Too often, this oddly literal reimagining comes off as simply juvenile."
In the second installment of the Austen Project, which has contemporary writers updating the classic novels, McDermid (Cross and Burn, 2013, etc.) strives to reinvigorate an overlooked Gothic parody with a 21st-century makeover. Read full book review >
A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES by Soman Chainani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"The closing volume should tie up those loose ends with, if the first two volumes are indicators, wild swings of terror and hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a middle volume framed as a battle of the sexes, the author pulls some clever switcheroos (The School for Good and Evil, 2013). Read full book review >