DANCE OF THE BANISHED by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"An eye-opening exposé of historical outrages committed in two countries, with intriguing glimpses of a minority group that is not well-known in the Americas. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
World War I separates a betrothed Anatolian couple—leaving one to witness the Armenian genocide and sending the other to a prison camp…in Canada. Read full book review >
THE SPIRIT OF THE SEA by Rebecca Hainnu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A fresh, if not quite as seamless, alternative to Robert D. and Daniel San Souci's Song of Sedna (1981). (Picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
A popular Inuit cautionary legend, featuring a haughty young woman and a gruesome climactic twist. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A 'rad' alternative to less-inclusive albums, such as Cynthia Chin-Lee, Megan Halsey and Sean Addy's Amelia to Zora (2005). (websites) (Collective biography. 11-14)"
Rousing tributes to 26 women who didn't keep their heads or voices down. Read full book review >
RANDOM BODY PARTS by Leslie Bulion
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Better suited to poetry classrooms than science labs. (Poetry. 9-12)"
Poetry + anatomy and physiology = an unusual combination. Read full book review >
THIS STRANGE WILDERNESS by Nancy Plain
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A superb introduction to the life and times of a great American artist and naturalist. (appendix, glossary, source notes, bibliography, illustration credits, index) (Biography. 9-14)"
John James Audubon's 1838 masterpiece, The Birds of America, "marked the beginning of modern ornithology," and this volume dramatizes the life and times of the man who devoted his life to creating it.Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A convincing invitation to the wide world of working with animals. (glossary, resources, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
A pair of enthusiastic animal lovers provide a comprehensive introduction to zoology, a description of potential careers and suggestions for hands-on activities for learning or practicing. Read full book review >
JANINE. by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"An optimistic but nevertheless real solution to a common school problem. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A slightly new twist on the kid-getting-bullied story. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB by Linda Joy Singleton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Although readers may have to push through the slow-moving middle, this enjoyable mystery has a satisfying ending and a neatly calibrated level of suspense for middle school readers. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Three children from disparate social groups at middle school team up to solve a mystery, becoming friends in the process, in this series kickoff. Read full book review >
DINO-MIKE AND THE T. REX ATTACK by Franco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Like Sam with those hot dogs, readers eager to snap up any dino-story will make quick work of this tongue-in-cheek romp. (Science fiction. 8-10)"
The appearance of a live T. Rex near a fossil dig kicks off a wild round of dino-antics in this series kickoff from an Eisner Award-winning comics writer. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE SLIME STAMPEDE by Liam O’Donnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Young readers will slurp up the gumshoes' gooey first exploit with relish. And perhaps a few choco-slug cookies. (Mystery/fantasy. 9-11)"
The game's afoot (so to speak) for two amateur sleuths when slime monsters belonging to the school custodian go on a rampage. Read full book review >
SECRETS BENEATH THE SEA by Janet Gurtler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A new underwater series for fans of My Little Pony and like uncomplicated fare. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Three young mermaids work hard to keep their friendships strong against a tidal wave of drama, secrets and envy. Read full book review >
THE NITTY-GRITTY GARDENING BOOK by Kari Cornell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Shortcomings aside, garden projects for preteens are always welcome, and Cornell includes excellent resources for further endeavors. (glossary, bibliography, websites, sources for supplies, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Cornell presents gardening basics and a dozen projects, arranged by season. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >