WHEN THE WIND BLOWS by Linda Booth Sweeney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"Gale-force gusts of invigorating artwork and imagery will leave readers breathless in windswept wonder. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Whipping, wild wind calls a grandmother and her grandson out-of-doors into the frenzied, fantastic fray with a kite and giddy grins. Read full book review >
WISH GIRL by Nikki  Loftin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A moving, mesmerizing story of wishing, listening and hope for discerning readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A sensitive boy with a troubled past and an artistic girl whose cache of wishes has almost expired find solace and friendship in a magical valley. Read full book review >

ABE LINCOLN by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"The book quotes Lincoln as saying, 'Whatever you are, be a good one.' This team goes beyond good; they excel at making history real, enjoyable and memorable. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
From Ben Franklin: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z (2011), the dynamic duo of Schroeder and O'Brien here turn their talents to Abe Lincoln. Read full book review >
HOOT OWL, MASTER OF DISGUISE by Sean Taylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A rib-tickling pleaser. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A confident owl employs ace hunting skills—sort of—to fill his tummy. Read full book review >
THE NEW SMALL PERSON by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"How nice to see a familiar story made new with a family of color and a little brother as hero. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A familiar theme—a big brother feels displaced by a new baby—seems fresh in Child's latest. Read full book review >

MOONPENNY ISLAND by Tricia  Springstubb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Poetic and poignant, Springstubb's tale of friendship, loss, hope and heartache is so fresh and honest it will resonate widely. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When one of an inseparable pair of friends is sent away, the other's life turns upside down. Read full book review >
RED BUTTERFLY by A.L. Sonnichsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An adoption story that's rich in family complexities and that readers won't abandon. (author's note) (Verse/fiction. 8-12)"
Set against the backdrop of China's one-child policy, this emotional debut novel-in-verse reveals how one girl refuses to be left behind. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PISTACHIO by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"A playful and entertaining take on children's perennial questions surrounding ideas of personhood, family and community. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The arrival of a tiara in the mail is the tipping point in evidence for Pistachio Shoelace that she is really a princess—but no one seems to believe her. Read full book review >
GORDON PARKS by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Parks' photography gave a powerful and memorable face to racism in America; this book gives him to young readers. (afterword, author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
He aimed his camera lens at fashion models and at struggling African-American workers. 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 >
FINDING SPRING by Carin Berger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Exceptional, exhilarating artwork perfectly suited for a story about anticipation, discovery and joy. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Maurice, a little bear, can't wait to experience his first spring, so while Mama hibernates, he goes looking for it. Read full book review >
A POEM IN YOUR POCKET by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Gentle and subtle, this sensitive story teaches a lot about poetry, perfectionism, and the power of a teacher and a poet. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Mr. Tiffin is back, just in time for National Poetry Month at school. 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 >