EVERYBODY SAYS SHALOM by Leslie Kimmelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"The sites are well-chosen and terrifically multicultural. (They include a shuk and a Baha'i shrine.) Readers may like them even better if they ignore the fragmented rhymes on top of the pictures. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This introduction to Israel is a book that can be read out of order. Read full book review >
CAT & BUNNY by Mary Lundquist
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Listeners will definitely relate to the pain of being left out; this gentle tale offers an opportunity to contemplate one's own role in a solution. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The dedication page's strategic placement of acorns attached to a branch—two intertwined and one, alone, sprouting in the opposite direction—foreshadows the conflict in this story of fluctuating friendships. Read full book review >

BUNNIES!!! by Kevan Atteberry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Somewhat simplistic in both art and story arc but good for a chuckle or two in early storytimes and for those just beginning to pick out words—like BUNNIES!!! (Picture book. 3-6)"
What can you say about a title that includes three exclamation points? That it is full of pastel colors, that its hero is a monster called Declan (named only on the cover flap) and that it has very few words. Read full book review >
MAHALIA JACKSON by Nina Nolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A noteworthy life to share but one more stirring in recordings than on these pages. (resources) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The legendary 20th-century gospel singer takes center stage in a too-short song of praise. Read full book review >
MY NAME IS TRUTH by Ann Turner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"When used in concert with other sources, a powerful life of a determined woman who rose from slavery to preach for freedom. (author's note, photograph, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
An American story of an extraordinary woman. Read full book review >

CONVERGENCE by Stan Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"The prose may be too bare-bones for some readers, but the surprises are genuine, and the cliffhangers will bring people back for the next adventure. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In this series opener that marks Marvel comics legend Lee's debut for kids, 12 people—some heroes, some villains—receive superpowers based on the signs of the Chinese zodiac. The heroes, of course, are the youngest characters in the book. Read full book review >
THE DARK WILD by Piers Torday
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Somber and urgent eco-fantasy, understated and tender. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In a darkening city, with only a few human, animal and insect allies, Kester toils to avert corporate violence and an animal uprising. Read full book review >
SNOOZEFEST by Samantha Berger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"No snoozefest here—great fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's not Woodstock. It's not Coachella. It's SnoozeFest—and it's for sleeping! Read full book review >
THE EYE OF THE FALCON by Michelle Paver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"A lush and riveting journey. (Historical fantasy. 8-12)"
The epic Bronze Age adventure begun in Gods and Warriors (2012) continues in this third volume as two heroes must face terrible obstacles in their quest to find their loved ones. Read full book review >
BLOWN AWAY by Rob Biddulph
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A master-class of picture-book writing and illustrating. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A rhyming picture book about the perils and joys of travel. Read full book review >
WINNIE by Sally M. Walker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Ideal for Winnie-the-Pooh fans, this clear, straightforward biography reveals the bear behind the tale. (sources, websites) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A soldier's pet becomes famous. Read full book review >
BUNNY'S FIRST SPRING by Sally Lloyd-Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"The concluding quotation and the subtext of rebirth make this an oh-so-subtle Easter title that readers may well miss. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
A charming baby bunny experiences seasonal changes in his environment throughout his first year of life in this emotion-filled story from the author of The Jesus Storybook Bible (2007). 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 >