THE INCREDIBLE SPACE RAIDERS FROM SPACE! by Wesley King
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"If readers wanted to describe this book in Internet terms, they would be emoticons: wide-eyed surprise, tears at a few late revelations and many smiley faces at the end. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Jonah Hillcrest is not exactly a Marty Stu. Read full book review >
EDGAR WANTS TO BE ALONE by Jean-François Dumont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2015

"Best shared with preschoolers just learning irony. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An ill-tempered rat's efforts to shake off a supposed stalker ultimately take a biting, satiric twist. Literally. Read full book review >

SMICK by Doreen Cronin
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Less is definitely more in this fetching, fun-filled mix of dog, chick and stick, guaranteed to tickle all. (Picture book. 2-8)"
A dog named Smick encounters a stick and Chick, with high-action results. Read full book review >
READY RABBIT GETS READY! by Brenna Maloney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Kids might want to make stuffed rabbit toys of their own after meeting this beguiling bunny. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this quirky story illustrated with photographs, a stuffed toy named Ready Rabbit invents wildly imaginative activities to delay getting ready for school. Read full book review >
STINKY CECIL IN OPERATION POND RESCUE by Paige Braddock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Bufo buffoonery for fans of the Holms' Squish series and like early graphics. (Graphic fantasy. 6-8)"
Stopping a highway project that threatens his pond is going to take more than Cecil the toad's ability to "toot." Read full book review >

FINDING SERENDIPITY by Angelica Banks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An original, wholehearted affirmation of the written word and the imagination. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A middle-grade fantasy about the magic in writing stories. Read full book review >
LEOPARDPOX! by Orna Landau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Pair this with David Small's Imogene's Antlers (1985) for prime sick-day silliness. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An Israeli import puts a new spin on the sick-day theme—not to mention the Tiger Mother. Read full book review >
RED by Michael Hall
by Michael Hall, illustrated by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Smartly designed and appealing, Red's story offers much for discussion and affirmation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a red-labeled crayon discovers he's actually blue, he finds joy, ebullience and acceptance. Read full book review >
NAPTIME WITH THEO AND BEAU by Jessica Shyba
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Though the book is likely to be a flash in the marketing pan, it's an attractive one. (Picture book. 1-7)"
Beau is a towheaded toddler who naps every day with his puppy, an attractive German shepherd-Shar-Pei mix. Read full book review >
NO, SILLY! by Ken Krug
by Ken Krug, illustrated by Ken Krug
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A well-paced romp with nifty response opportunities for little ones. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Four young friends describe their favorite things to do throughout the day, and sometimes those descriptions take a very silly turn. 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 >
VILLAIN KEEPER by Laurie McKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A promising new series gets off to a shaky start; here's hoping subsequent volumes smooth out the ride. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Determined to gain both his father's approval and the title of Elite Paladin, 12-year-old Prince Caden embarks on a quest to slay a dragon—and ends up in a different and very strange universe. 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 >