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 >
THE BABY SWAP by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A fine title to add, not swap, to the new-baby shelf. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Inspired by her mother's shopping trip to exchange a hat, Caroline Crocodile tries to swap her baby brother, only to discover that he's just right, after all. 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 >
TIARA SAURUS REX by Brianna Caplan Sayres
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Though well-intentioned, ultimately this book has about as much depth as your average beauty pageant. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gently rhyming text recounts one dinosaur's dream of sweeping away her beauty-pageant competition. Read full book review >
THE BACKWARDS BIRTHDAY PARTY by Tom Chapin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A nice selection for any collection and, of course, an excellent birthday present. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if birthdays were backward? Read full book review >

THE YES by Sarah Bee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Comforting and full of encouragement, this may be just the selection for adults or children struggling with fear and self-doubt. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Can one large Yes conquer a swarm of Nos? Read full book review >
THE HERO TWINS by Jim Kristofic
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"A thrillingly melodramatic tale kept close to its Navajo roots. (Bilingual folk tale. 7-10)"
Illustrations incorporating images drawn from traditional sand painting and pop culture alike accompany a new Navajo/English version of the early exploits of a pair of mythic heroes. 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 >
THE CROWN AFFAIR by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Genuinely clever. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Noir whodunit in the land of Mother Goose. Read full book review >
DIRTY RATS? by Darrin Lunde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Not particularly convincing as a reclamation project but generally informative and easy on the eyes. (online resources) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A Smithsonian mammal specialist makes a bid to clean up the rat's rotten rep. Read full book review >
SMASHIE MCPERTER AND THE MYSTERY OF ROOM 11 by N. Griffin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A singularly appealing group of kids populates this nifty mystery for readers ready for a challenge. (Mystery. 7-10)"
Smashie McPerter has made her distaste for Patches, Room 11's new class hamster, abundantly clear—so when he is stolen from his cage, she immediately becomes a prime suspect. Read full book review >
BETTY BUNNY LOVES EASTER by Michael B. Kaplan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"This story's theme of self-reliance fails to adequately address keeping one's hand out of purses (and pockets) that belong to others. (Picture book. 3-6)"
That mischievous handful known as Betty Bunny is back for her fifth exploration of the boundaries of acceptable bunny behavior. 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 >