MATYLDA, BRIGHT AND TENDER by Holly M. McGhee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A bright and tender novel of love, loss, and survival. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After losing her best friend, a little girl tries to hold on to him by transferring her affection to the pet lizard they shared in picture-book author Hallie Durand's first novel. Read full book review >
IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Lindsey Leavitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Not much happens, but it's all fun and readily recognizable middle school stuff. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Best friends Piper and Olivia are back for a second outing in The Pages Between Us series. Read full book review >

OLGA AND THE SMELLY THING FROM NOWHERE by Elise Gravel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A bubble-gum crowd pleaser with wide audience appeal. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
A young girl who prefers science to people discovers an adorable and smelly little creature. Read full book review >
NIGHTLIGHTS by Lorena Alvarez
Released: March 14, 2017

"A winner. (Graphic fantasy. 8-10)"
When a young girl's imagination and creativity are co-opted by a mysterious new friend, she must find a way to regain what is rightfully hers. Read full book review >
BRAVO! by Margarita Engle
Released: March 14, 2017

"An unusually slight offering from an author whose work is usually so compelling. (Picture book/biography/poetry. 8-12)"
This book features the lives of a variety of Latinos who faced life's challenges with aplomb and in their own ways. Read full book review >

SHAKE A LEG, EGG! by Kurt Cyrus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"For dawdlers everywhere. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A laggard gosling is encouraged to leave its shell and join its family. Read full book review >
CHARLOTTE AND THE ROCK by Stephen W. Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Amusing as well as subtly encouraging about the rewards for patience and working with what you've got. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The pet Charlotte Grey has long wished for and finally gets for her sixth birthday is not what she had in mind. Read full book review >
WALK WITH ME by Jairo Buitrago
Kirkus Star
by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng, translated by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Emotionally resonant in the loveliest of ways. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lion accompanies a child on a walk home during a day in the city in this wistful tale of parental absence. Read full book review >
THE ALPHABET THIEF by Bill Richardson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"While the larger format of the similarly themed Take Away the A, by Michaël Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo (2014), is more suitable for group sharing, this sneaky romp will do well one-on-one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In rhyming text, this nontraditional alphabet book playfully depicts a thief in the act of stealing the letters of the alphabet from A to Z. Read full book review >
SHORT STORIES FOR LITTLE MONSTERS by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Frivolity for surface amusement with a touch of poignancy for pondering. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Nineteen short stories explore some enormously funny ideas. Read full book review >
GO BIG OR GO GNOME! by Kirsten Mayer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Mostly gnomerrific. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A smooth-faced gnome embraces being different. Read full book review >
BIG CAT, LITTLE CAT by Elisha Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A hard book to read for anyone who has lost a feline family member but a heart-healing message all the same. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The circle of life in a cat-loving household. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >