A PENGUIN NAMED PATIENCE by Suzanne Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A satisfying animal survival story for the youngest set. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A moving account of a colony of penguins at the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans that survived after Hurricane Katrina due to a dedicated staff and a host aquarium. Read full book review >
NEW SHOES by Susan Lynn Meyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Highly recommended; both a revealing glimpse into one aspect of America's institutionalized racism and inspiration for kids to create their own change. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Meyer and Velasquez offer a tale that sets two young victims of discrimination on a path of resistance through entrepreneurship. Read full book review >

SWING SISTERS by Karen Deans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"An appealing and informative composition aimed at a younger audience than Marilyn Nelson and Jerry Pinkney's Sweethearts of Rhythm (2009). (author's note, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Women! Jazz! Integration! Read full book review >
ONE PLASTIC BAG by Miranda Paul
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Though Isatou Ceesay's country may be unfamiliar to young readers, they've probably done some handicraft recycling of their own. The easy connection makes this a welcome addition to the small shelf of examples of ingenuity in developing nations. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Distressed by the problem of plastic-bag disposal, a Gambian woman organizes her neighbors to turn trash into treasure. Read full book review >
ORIGINAL RECIPE by Jessica Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Despite bumps, a promising-enough start. (Fiction. 7-9)"
The first in a series about craft-loving Finley Flowers and her best friend, Henry. Read full book review >

MY FAMILY ADVENTURE by Jacqueline Jules
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"In all, Sofia is a likable new protagonist to add to the lineup of chapter-book heroines. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Everyday stories reminiscent of Ramona in an early chapter book. Read full book review >
JUNETEENTH FOR MAZIE by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A quiet and informative picture of belated emancipation. (afterword) (Picture book. 4-9)"
A father shares an important holiday with his daughter. Read full book review >
ALL THE ANSWERS by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This sympathetic protagonist offers children a mostly successful look at clinical anxiety. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When 12-year-old Ava Anderson finds a magic pencil in the kitchen junk drawer, geometry becomes a lot easier—and her life becomes much more complicated. Read full book review >
HONEY by Sarah Weeks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"In all, it's an unsuccessful follow-up to Weeks' Pie (2011), but word-loving Melody is appealing, and her appended list of nail-polish colors is somewhat amusing. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Melody Bishop's peaceful life with her widower father is upset when the annoying 6-year-old next door comes home from the beauty parlor with some gossip. Read full book review >
SEEDS OF FREEDOM by Hester Bass
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A book that is as quietly inspiring as its subject. (author's note, photographs, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Peaceful but forceful protest ended segregation in one Southern town. Read full book review >
ARES by George O'Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"What family doesn't have its little disagreements? Thank goodness the Olympians have many. (family tree, afterword, discussion questions, source notes). (Graphic mythology. 8-14)"
In the latest of his inimitable Olympians series, O'Connor comes around to Ares and the Trojan War. Read full book review >
A FINE DESSERT by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"There is no other word but delicious. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Blackberry fool is a fine dessert indeed, and people have been making it for centuries. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >