THE CHICKEN SQUAD by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Most of the more challenging words are repeated many times as the chickens recount the story for each other and Tail, making this a great first chapter book. (Comic mystery. 6-9)"
In this delightful spinoff of the J.J. Tully series, this time the chickens are in charge—sort of. Read full book review >
THE ACB WITH HONORA LEE by Kate de Goldi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Clever, poignant and sweetly funny, this will be especially appreciated by those who've experienced a loved one with dementia. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Colorful, chaotic line drawings that incorporate elements of the story embellish this novel about a girl's newfound relationship to her senile grandmother. Read full book review >

HORIZON by Jenn Reese
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A fitting finale for a gripping futurist series whose four multifaceted heroes offer a strong anti-war, pro-diversity message. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
This last volume of the Above World trilogy opens where Mirage (2013) ended, with Aluna, Hoku, Dash and Calli determined to save their genetically modified races from megalomaniac Karl Strand and his technically enhanced Upgrader army. Read full book review >
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG OVER THE MOON by Frank Cottrell Boyce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"One last exhilarating ride: "Ga GOOO ga!!!!" (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The third and (probably) final "official" sequel to Ian Fleming's classic sends the redoubtable roadster careening off the planet as well as through time. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER I SAVED THE WORLD. . .IN 65 DAYS by Michele Weber Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Joyful dividends are reaped from a teenager's secret acts of kindness in this appealingly, unabashedly feel-good story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
What happens when a teenage girl tries to change the world in 65 tiny ways? Read full book review >

ANIMAL KINGDOM by Simon Rogers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Flashy at first glance, routine at second and subsequent looks. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
With scattered exceptions, the trendy "infographics" approach stops at the title in this haphazard ramble past animal types and extremes. Read full book review >
AT HOME IN HER TOMB by Christine Liu-Perkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Move over King Tut. Lady Dai is in the house. (historical note, author's note, glossary, selected bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Debut author Liu-Perkins' infectious curiosity shines in this exploration of a Han dynasty burial chamber excavated in 1972. Read full book review >
RUBY GOLDBERG'S BRIGHT IDEA by Anna Humphrey
Released: April 8, 2014

"This middle-grade story of family, friendship and school has all the right elements, but it lacks an ignition spark. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A Rube Goldberg namesake discovers there's more to life than inventions. Read full book review >
LULU'S MYSTERIOUS MISSION by Judith Viorst
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Great fun for Lulu fans old and new. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Another wild adventure featuring the exasperating and inexplicably lovable Lulu (Lulu and the Brontosaurus, 2010; Lulu Walks the Dogs, 2012). Read full book review >
THE NETHERGRIM by Matthew Jobin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"One hopes that the inevitable sequels will discard tedious infodumps and dismal travelogues for dynamic adventure and satisfying character growth. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A dark fantasy strives for epic grandeur but mostly achieves ponderous squalor. Read full book review >
FLY AWAY by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A story that never cloys, succeeding on all levels. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Filled with little moments of quiet wisdom and gentle humor, Newbery winner MacLachlan's story about family love soars. Read full book review >
ALIEN ENCOUNTER by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Lots of tantalizing setup plus not quite enough plot fails to equal a story that stands on its own. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In this stretched-out series opener, two lads do little more than hang out for chapter after chapter between encounters with (putatively) an almond-eyed alien and a sasquatch while the author hints at hidden doings. Read full book review >