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 >
NEON ALIENS ATE MY HOMEWORK by Nick Cannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A collection well-suited to young boys of color as well as all young fans of hip-hop culture, who often long for family-friendly content. (Poetry. 7-10)"
What if Shel Silverstein grew up on hip-hop? Read full book review >

MESMERIZED by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Rockliff and Bruno's playful approach buoys solid science and history. (author's note, sources) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Ben Franklin's several years in France during the American Revolution included an occasion on which he consulted on a scientific matter for the French king. Read full book review >
I DON'T WANT TO BE A FROG by Dev Petty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A lively look at self-acceptance. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tiny frog desperately wishes to be any other animal. Read full book review >
OTTO THE OWL WHO LOVED POETRY by Vern Kousky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Simple and clearly told, with a wonderfully engaging protagonist. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
A poetically inclined owl learns to accept his calling. Read full book review >

YETI AND THE BIRD by Nadia Shireen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Striking visuals that combine compelling use of shape, page design and color successfully carry this version of an oft-told story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A picture book about an unexpected friendship. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED'S RIDING 'HOOD by Peter Stein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Vehicle-crazed children will surely love their favorite tales better with a little grease and lots of burning rubber. (Fractured fairy tale. 3-6)"
A revved-up and souped-up version of the classic tale for vehicle lovers. 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 >
THE SECRET CIPHER by Whitaker Ringwald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Suspense, humor and sparkling narrative voices combine to deliver an engaging adventure. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Book 2 in the middle-grade Secret Box mystery series (The Secret Box, 2014).Read full book review >
WOLFIE THE BUNNY by Ame Dyckman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Add to the growing collection of sibling stories, adoptive and otherwise, that delight and instruct. (artist's note, author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tongue-in-cheek tale of a wolf in Bunny clothing. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF THE DIAMOND by Emily Arnold McCully
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Readers will root for Lizzie all the way. (author's note, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A very determined girl in turn-of-the-20th-century Rhode Island decides that she will play baseball. Read full book review >
MARS EVACUEES by Sophia McDougall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"The strange pacing sometimes makes the book feel unbalanced, but the action sequences are worth the wait. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
In a future in which alien intervention has drastically reversed global warming, British schoolgirl Alice Dare discovers that, instead of beginning a new semester at Muckling Abbot School for Girls, she's been drafted into basic training on Mars, fighting the enemies of the human race. 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 >