JANINE. by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"An optimistic but nevertheless real solution to a common school problem. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A slightly new twist on the kid-getting-bullied story. Read full book review >
SUN ABOVE AND BLOOMS BELOW by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Not a strong choice for either springtime explorations or opposites, though teachers may reach for this in preparation for a farm field trip. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The team of Chernesky and Swan rounds out the four seasons with this look at springtime opposites (Cheers for a Dozen Ears, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

I WILL FIGHT MONSTERS FOR YOU by Santi Balmes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Dream or no, Martina's monster story makes for lovely storytelling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl learns to fight her nighttime fears by conquering a mirror world of monsters—and a little pink monster learns to do the same. Read full book review >
THE ORIGINAL COWGIRL by Heather Lang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Mulhall may not be a household name, but Lang makes her memorable for anyone who admires go-getters who beat the odds and break barriers. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
The story of famed rodeo queen Lucille Mulhall is retold as a lesson in girl power and following one's dreams. Read full book review >
THE SOCK THIEF by Ana Crespo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Idyllic, and if anywhere needs an idyll, a Brazilian favela is a fine candidate.(Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Felipe may be relatively poor, but he's rich in imagination when it comes to entertainment. Read full book review >

MEDITATION IS AN OPEN SKY by Whitney Stewart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Keep this in mind as a possible introduction to meditation for children. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
This primer on visualization techniques uses a monkey and an elephant to introduce children to mindfulness and meditation. Read full book review >
UNCLE ELI'S WEDDING by Tracy Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"An author's note and glossary of key Jewish wedding vocabulary round out this saccharine introductory story for youngsters attending their first ceremony. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young nephew must relinquish some of his valued soccer practice time to attend his favorite uncle's wedding and is rewarded. Read full book review >
PARTY CROC! by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The importance of keeping promises is delivered with a hearty dose of humor, making this a book to return to. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-8)"
A jolly Zimbabwean folk tale teaches the importance of keeping promises. Read full book review >
A TALE OF TWO BEASTS by Fiona Roberton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Totally delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What really happened in the woods?Read full book review >
SPORT-O-RAMA by Benoit Tardif
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"While readers will be introduced to sports they may never have heard of before (rowing, cricket), the rudimentary entries will likely leave them frustrated rather than intrigued. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Illustrator Tardif's picture-book debut is a collection of terms related to 23 different sports, all illustrated with stylized people, brilliant colors and a touch of humor. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB by Linda Joy Singleton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Although readers may have to push through the slow-moving middle, this enjoyable mystery has a satisfying ending and a neatly calibrated level of suspense for middle school readers. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Three children from disparate social groups at middle school team up to solve a mystery, becoming friends in the process, in this series kickoff. Read full book review >
DINO-MIKE AND THE T. REX ATTACK by Franco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Like Sam with those hot dogs, readers eager to snap up any dino-story will make quick work of this tongue-in-cheek romp. (Science fiction. 8-10)"
The appearance of a live T. Rex near a fossil dig kicks off a wild round of dino-antics in this series kickoff from an Eisner Award-winning comics writer. 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 >