MASTERMINDS by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A fresh premise, good pacing, surprising twists and engaging characters all combine to make this a series worth following. (Adventure. 8-12)"
With no unemployment, no homelessness and no crime, Serenity, New Mexico, is the perfect town. Or is it? Read full book review >
STEALING THE GAME by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A deft, understated sports thriller with a solid moral compass. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Abdul-Jabbar and Obstfeld (Sasquatch in the Paint, 2013) team up for another exploration of the intersection of sports and life conduct.Read full book review >

CLOVER'S LUCK by Kallie George
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Clover's sweet story is a good next step for lovers of the Magic Tree House. (Fantasy. 6-10)"
Clover might have a lucky name, but she is sure that she's the unluckiest girl ever. Read full book review >
AND THEN ANOTHER SHEEP TURNED UP by Laura Gehl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"An amusing and appealing way to enlist little ones in the holiday's rituals. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
Preparation and plans for a small family Seder are altered when the Sheep family of four is continually interrupted by unexpected guests who successively show up throughout the evening. Read full book review >
PINE AND THE WINTER SPARROW by Alexis York Lumbard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"A pleasing pourquoi tale. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
The evergreen-ness of the pine tree is explained in a tale that's possibly Cherokee but definitely Native American. Read full book review >

SCARLETT AND SAM by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Lively and thought-provoking. (historical note) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
While arguing over their role in a Passover Seder, twins Sam and Scarlett are whisked away to ancient Egypt on grandmother's magic carpet. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PISTACHIO by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"A playful and entertaining take on children's perennial questions surrounding ideas of personhood, family and community. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The arrival of a tiara in the mail is the tipping point in evidence for Pistachio Shoelace that she is really a princess—but no one seems to believe her. Read full book review >
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS/RICITOS DE ORO Y LOS TRES OSOS by Teresa Mlawer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A pleasant reprise of the familiar. (Bilingual picture book/fairy tale. 3-6)"
The timeless fairy tale is retold with a bilingual text featuring the traditional players and a slightly extended conclusion. Read full book review >
GORDON PARKS by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Parks' photography gave a powerful and memorable face to racism in America; this book gives him to young readers. (afterword, author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
He aimed his camera lens at fashion models and at struggling African-American workers. Read full book review >
MISTER H by Daniel Nesquens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Mister H may be inscrutable, but once readers notice him, they will find him hard to forget. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A hippopotamus escapes from a zoo in this fable from Spain. Read full book review >
BOOK-O-BEARDS by Donald Lempke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Supplies needed to accompany this novelty offering: a mirror and some friends. Laughs and much silliness sure to follow. (Board book. 3-6)"
This "wearable book" presents a series of different beards for kids to try on by holding the pages up just under their noses. Read full book review >
A DOG'S BREAKFAST by Annie Graves
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Young or reluctant readers seeking something very brief and a bit dark might enjoy one enough to try a second. (Horror. 7-10)"
"Graves" and her Nightmare Club have some stories to spook young readers. 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 >