KIRKUS STARS & RECOMMENDATIONS

THE CHANCE YOU WON'T RETURN by Annie Cardi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"An honest, uncompromising story. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Cardi delves into issues of love, acceptance, loss and identity in her engaging debut novel. Read full book review >
LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932 by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Brilliant and dazzling Prose."
A tour de force of character, point of view and especially atmosphere, Prose's latest takes place in Paris from the late 1920s till the end of World War II. Read full book review >

HOOEY HIGGINS AND THE TREMENDOUS TROUSERS by Steve Voake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Lots of laughs and hijinks make this fast-paced series great for readers with a sophisticated funny bone. (Chapter book. 7-11)"
Best buddies Hooey and Twig are back, this time competing in a contest to invent something that will make the world a safer place. Read full book review >
SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick
THRILLERS
Released: April 22, 2014

"It's no coincidence that Sedgwick has crafted yet another gripping tale of wonder. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
A thriller that challenges readers' understanding of the universe. Read full book review >
THE ISLANDS OF CHALDEA by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Aileen says of one of her friends, "[w]e stay awhile with each other, then part." If that's all we get, we can be grateful for the while we have. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The fates of four countries hang in the balance, and only an apprentice magicworker can save the day. Read full book review >

THE BOUNDLESS by Kenneth Oppel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Canadian railway history, fantasy, a flutter of romance—and a thoughtful examination of social injustice—collide in this entertaining swashbuckler from the author of Printz Honor-winning Airborn (2005). (Historical fantasy. 9-14)"
William Everett is proud of his rags-to-riches father, manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway, but he wants to forge his own destiny. Read full book review >
THE EIGHTH DAY by Dianne K. Salerni
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"A promising start to a new trilogy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Jax wakes to an empty world, believing that he is the sole survivor of some terrible event. However, his isolation ends after only one day when he wakes again to life as usual. Read full book review >
DON'T CALL ME BABY by Gwendolyn Heasley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"This surprisingly poignant comedy about teen-parent communication has enough bite to pique the interest of any teenager having trouble interacting meaningfully with her parents. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Usually it's a kid's use of social media that is a problem…. Read full book review >
LILY THE UNICORN by Dallas Clayton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"All will agree: Lily is lovely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers first see Lily the unicorn, a picture of exuberance in pink and blue, bounding across a field of flowers. She has energy and enthusiasm for many activities and friends—doesn't everyone? Read full book review >
ABUELO by Arthur Dorros
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"This book succeeds at both specificity and universality, presenting the distinct culture of the gaucho cowboy and the plains of South America through a story that will resonate broadly with many children and families. (Picture book. 4-7)"
More than 20 years after Abuela, illustrated by Elisa Kleven (1991), Dorros offers a gentle story of the lessons a grandfather imparts to his grandson while riding horses together on the plains before the boy moves to the city. Read full book review >
LITTLE LOLA by Julie Saab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"The duo promises further adventures for their little clothed kitty—she's off to a good start. (Picture book. 4-6)"
What kind of adventure will Little Lola have? Read full book review >
SECRETS OF THE SEASONS by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Incorporating both a story and solid science in an engaging way, this is an accessible and welcome addition to the sometimes-confusing reasons-for-the-seasons shelf. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Alice, who formerly discovered The Secrets of the Garden (2012), is back to explore the seasons with her friend Zack and her little brother, Pete (and, of course, the two intelligent chickens that provide expert commentary). Read full book review >