SMARTY MARTY STEPS UP HER GAME by Amy Gutierrez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Light on actual baseball action, but the empowerment message comes through loud and clear. (author interview) (Fiction. 8-10)"
A bully's threats complicate a young baseball lover's chance to try her hand at announcing. Read full book review >
THE DANCE OF THE VIOLIN by Kathy Stinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A joyful reminder that perseverance pays off, especially when you let out the artist within. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The early life of renowned violinist Joshua Bell is portrayed in a lively fashion. Read full book review >

FRESH-PICKED POETRY by Michelle Schaub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Sprightly illustrations and engaging rhymes will leave readers eager to sample market bounty. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
A collection of poems celebrates farmers markets. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF A TOAD by Doug Wechsler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A book that encourages observation and conservation and may start some young biologists off on their own lifelong quests to understand animals. (glossary, amphibian & toad facts, resources) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
How do toads develop from fertilized eggs? Do toads need saving? Read full book review >
DRAGONS AND MARSHMALLOWS by Asia Citro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"In spite of the book's flaws, dragons are very appealing, and tales for young audiences that model the scientific method are nice to see. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Zoey discovers that she can see magical creatures that might need her help. Read full book review >

OUT OF WONDER by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A magnificent exploration of the poetic imagination. (Picture book/poetry. 8-14)"
Powerhouse poet Alexander, along with friends Colderley and Wentworth, offers a culturally rich collection of poetic tributes that extends the legacies of poets from around the globe. Read full book review >
OLD TRACKS, NEW TRICKS by Jessica Petersen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A jaunty rhyme and inventive toys-come-to-life spin on challenging the status quo, with especial appeal to fans of all things Thomas. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three sections of wooden train tracks inspire new ideas and fun. Read full book review >
ONE TRICK PONY by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Hale blends adventure, aliens, an apocalyptic future, and folklore into an easy-to-read stand-alone. (Graphic science fiction. 8-12)"
In the future, the extraterrestrial Pipers devour electrical devices while threatening human lives and forcing them to regress to pre-electrical technology. Read full book review >
A BOY CALLED BAT by Elana K. Arnold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Comfortably familiar and quietly groundbreaking, this introduction to Bat should charm readers, who will likely look forward to more opportunities to explore life from Bat's particular point of view. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A third-grader becomes fascinated with an orphaned skunk kit and wages a campaign to convince his veterinarian mom that their family should care for the animal until it can be released to the wild. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >