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 >
AFTER THE BELL RINGS by Carol Diggory Shields
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Smart and sassy poems and accessible illustrations combine for an engaging, humorous package. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Twenty-two light poems and accompanying illustrations explore what happens after school. 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 >
HOW DO DINOSAURS STAY SAFE? by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Don'ts and Do's in a familiar formula go down easily for fans and will provide a good conversation starter for parents. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Officer Buckle had Gloria, his police canine, to help his audience see the value of his safety lessons; Yolen and Teague have their dinos. 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 >

MISSION: NEW BABY by Susan Hood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"It's amusing, but it doesn't accomplish the ongoing mission: #weneeddiversefamilybooks. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A melding of quasi-military and spy jargon delivers a tongue-in-cheek instruction manual for new big brothers and sisters. Read full book review >
REX FINDS AN EGG! EGG! EGG! by Steven Weinberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Young dinosaur fans will like this solo debut for Weinberg a bunch, bunch, bunch. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An exploding volcano, an unseen cliff, flying predators and other hazards challenge a dimwitted young T. Rex with a precious burden and a monosyllabic vocabulary. Read full book review >
THE PIRATE WHO'S AFRAID OF EVERYTHING by Annabeth Bondor-Stone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"While the premise is initially hard to accept given its pure ridiculousness, fans of Captain Underpants and the Wimpy Kid may find Shivers more hilarious than overwrought. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Get ready for a breathlessly paced pirate adventure starring Shivers, who is terrified of just about everything. 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 >
THE THING ABOUT SPRING by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Although the underlying idea is that resistance to change is normal—and acceptance of change is healthy—an easier sell would have been an animal who dreaded the cold and dark of winter. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rabbit is apprehensive about winter turning to spring, and his friends Mouse, Bird and Bear help convince him that spring is equally wonderful. 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 >
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 >