CAPTAIN PUG by Laura James
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Just the ticket for children transitioning to chapters. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Pug and Lady Miranda have a seafaring adventure…in a manner of speaking. Read full book review >
MISS ELLICOTT'S SCHOOL FOR THE MAGICALLY MINDED by Sage Blackwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Chantel is a magical heroine to be celebrated, deportment notwithstanding. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
Owl's bowels! Someone's kidnapped the sorceresses of Lightning Pass! Read full book review >

THE DRAGON DANCE by Lou Kuenzler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Feisty, compassionate, and independently minded—Princess DisGrace comes into her own. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
In her second term at Tall Towers Princess Academy, Princess Grace bucks the rules and tackles adventures. Read full book review >
I DON'T DRAW, I COLOR! by Adam Lehrhaupt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Nothing new—and more discouraging than most, to boot. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A small child colors instead of drawing. Read full book review >
JOHN RONALD'S DRAGONS by Caroline McAlister
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Since the likeliest audience for this is kids who have seen the Hobbit films, it's a good reminder that the book came first. (afterword, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The story of a boy who dreamed of dragons and found a way to bring them to life. Read full book review >

WHO WANTS TO BE A PRINCESS? by Bridget Heos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"An unconvincing attempt to contrast fantasy with historical reality. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Text and Disney-esque artwork contrast the "typical" fairy-tale princess's way of life and that of a real (though fictional) princess in medieval Europe. Read full book review >
THE CATAWAMPUS CAT by Jason Carter Eaton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"A pleasing reminder that finding a new point of view can create positive change. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sideways-leaning cat strolls into town and sparks a revolution in perspective. Read full book review >
WHEN I GROW UP by Paula Vásquez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Love makes a family, but this may not be the best book to demonstrate this truism. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A duckling wants to be just like his porcine parents when he grows up. Read full book review >
MARLO by Christopher Browne
Released: March 21, 2017

"With a deft minimalism recalling Charles Schultz or Mo Willems, Browne creates a character to care about, whether excavating at home or when plunged into the pleasures and perils of the wider world. Dripping with delight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pit bull transforms a simple bath into an underwater epic in Browne's picture-book debut. Read full book review >
STAND UP AND SING! by Susanna Reich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"While not a comprehensive treatment of Seeger's life, this is an excellent introduction; read and sing along—loudly. (author's note, quotation sources, selected sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
In the world of American folk music, Pete Seeger stood tall and proud in his unflinching, lifelong commitment to human rights and dignity. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF THE FROGS by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 20, 2017

"A lovely but garbled fable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Pond life: an interrupted idyll. Read full book review >
VILONIA BEEBE TAKES CHARGE by Kristin L. Gray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2017

"A humorous, poignant, realistic debut story about a very responsible little girl who's a 'force of nature.' (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fourth-grader Vilonia takes on more than she bargains for trying to prove she's responsible enough to adopt a dog. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >