LOST CHILDREN OF THE FAR ISLANDS by Emily Raabe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A mostly strong magical adventure in the grand tradition. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
The first sentence grabs readers right away: "On May 23, exactly one month before Gustavia and Leomaris Brennan's eleventh birthday, their mother became terribly, mysteriously ill." Read full book review >
UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Julie T. Lamana
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"An honest, bleak account of a national tragedy sure to inspire discussion and research. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
As Armani Curtis' 10th birthday approaches, so does something far more ominous—a threatening storm in the Gulf of Mexico called Katrina. Read full book review >

THE BIG BAD BLACKOUT by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A cozy, comfortable book for a rainy night. (Fiction. 5-9)"
It's hurricane season in Virginia, and Stink and Judy Moody are in for some dark nights. Read full book review >
FURIOUS JONES AND THE ASSASSIN'S SECRET by Tim Kehoe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Readers caught up in the action will not mind the gaps. (Thriller. 8-12)"
The teenage years are usually a time of self-exploration, but for Furious Jones, it's a time to explore his family history. Read full book review >
STONE GIANT by Jane Sutcliffe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Still, this is a handsome offering that helps youngsters understand both an artist's process and how this stunning statue became the enduring symbol of a city and its people. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Sutcliffe make a big impression with this eye-catching introduction to one of Western civilization's most iconic sculptures. Read full book review >

SOCCER STAR by Mina Javaherbin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A lovely story about soccer, gender and hope. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A soccer story with a gender-equality twist. Read full book review >
JUBILEE! by Alicia Potter
Released: April 8, 2014

"Lovingly evokes a lost time. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Patrick Gilmore was a mid-19th-century superstar who was the recognized initiator of the golden age of American band music. Read full book review >
THE ALMOST FEARLESS HAMILTON SQUIDLEGGER by Timothy Basil Ering
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Appealing—and empowering. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With his dad's help, a young frog conquers nighttime fears by harnessing his imagination. Read full book review >
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLYFISH by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"There's nothing new under the sea, but these creatures are irrepressible, even Crabby. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cantankerous crab lives up to his name, bullying everyone in the ocean until he realizes the importance of friendship. Read full book review >
DUCK & GOOSE GO TO THE BEACH by Tad Hills
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Anyone ever simultaneously excited and nervous about leaving home and traveling to new places will identify with this droll duo on their first amusing trip to the beach. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this latest Duck & Goose escapade, Duck and Goose spontaneously trek to the beach, where their reactions are decidedly mixed. Read full book review >
DINNER WITH THE HIGHBROWS by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Like the central meal it features, this clever concoction will likely please some preschool palates, but it may take slightly older and more sophisticated readers to easily digest the combination of fun foolishness and explicit advice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An invitation to have dinner with a friend's family leads to an unpredictable evening for a young boy. Read full book review >
PANDA-MONIUM AT PEEK ZOO by Kevin Waldron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"In spite of this misfire, few will be able to resist this sweet tale of adult incompetence and youthful problem-solving skills. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A parade, a party and a panda veer tenuously close to a disastrous fiasco in this charming sequel. Read full book review >