THE CHICKEN SQUAD by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Most of the more challenging words are repeated many times as the chickens recount the story for each other and Tail, making this a great first chapter book. (Comic mystery. 6-9)"
In this delightful spinoff of the J.J. Tully series, this time the chickens are in charge—sort of. Read full book review >
THE ACB WITH HONORA LEE by Kate de Goldi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Clever, poignant and sweetly funny, this will be especially appreciated by those who've experienced a loved one with dementia. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Colorful, chaotic line drawings that incorporate elements of the story embellish this novel about a girl's newfound relationship to her senile grandmother. Read full book review >

LULU'S MYSTERIOUS MISSION by Judith Viorst
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Great fun for Lulu fans old and new. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Another wild adventure featuring the exasperating and inexplicably lovable Lulu (Lulu and the Brontosaurus, 2010; Lulu Walks the Dogs, 2012). Read full book review >
FLY AWAY by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A story that never cloys, succeeding on all levels. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Filled with little moments of quiet wisdom and gentle humor, Newbery winner MacLachlan's story about family love soars. Read full book review >
ALIEN ENCOUNTER by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Lots of tantalizing setup plus not quite enough plot fails to equal a story that stands on its own. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In this stretched-out series opener, two lads do little more than hang out for chapter after chapter between encounters with (putatively) an almond-eyed alien and a sasquatch while the author hints at hidden doings. Read full book review >

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 >