HELLO, UNIVERSE by Erin Entrada Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"An original and resonant exploration of interconnectedness and friendship. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The lives of several middle school children intersect one summer day, as if by fate. Read full book review >
LOVE, ISH by Karen Rivers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"For those willing to immerse themselves in a sad, harrowing story, this is a worthwhile and affecting odyssey. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Ish, who is determined to be among the first settlers on Mars, goes on a different and unexpected journey after she is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Read full book review >

WHEN MY SISTER STARTED KISSING by Helen Frost
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Frost pulls out all the stops in this heartwarming tale of family in the remaking: everything a novel-in-poems should be. (Verse fiction. 10-16)"
A young girl and her sister share a pivotal summer at the lake with their family. Read full book review >
IN DARKLING WOOD by Emma Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Carroll is becoming well-known in her native England; this book should win her American fans. (Fiction. 10-16)"
A modern Gothic tale of fairies, fractured families, and healing. Read full book review >
MATYLDA, BRIGHT AND TENDER by Holly M. McGhee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A bright and tender novel of love, loss, and survival. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After losing her best friend, a little girl tries to hold on to him by transferring her affection to the pet lizard they shared in picture-book author Hallie Durand's first novel. Read full book review >

IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Lindsey Leavitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Not much happens, but it's all fun and readily recognizable middle school stuff. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Best friends Piper and Olivia are back for a second outing in The Pages Between Us series. Read full book review >
OLGA AND THE SMELLY THING FROM NOWHERE by Elise Gravel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A bubble-gum crowd pleaser with wide audience appeal. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
A young girl who prefers science to people discovers an adorable and smelly little creature. Read full book review >
NIGHTLIGHTS by Lorena Alvarez
Released: March 14, 2017

"A winner. (Graphic fantasy. 8-10)"
When a young girl's imagination and creativity are co-opted by a mysterious new friend, she must find a way to regain what is rightfully hers. Read full book review >
BRAVO! by Margarita Engle
Released: March 14, 2017

"An unusually slight offering from an author whose work is usually so compelling. (Picture book/biography/poetry. 8-12)"
This book features the lives of a variety of Latinos who faced life's challenges with aplomb and in their own ways. Read full book review >
A SONG ABOUT MYSELF by John Keats
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Visually boisterous, great fun to read aloud, and likely to incite some 'wond'ring' along with the laughter. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Raschka injects fresh whimsy into a bit of linguistic tomfoolery from one of the poet's letters to his younger sister. Read full book review >
MARTINA & CHRISSIE by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A fine sports story. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A picture-book introduction to tennis greats Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Read full book review >
LIGHTER THAN AIR by Matthew Clark Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A beautifully told story of a young woman with lofty aspirations. (illustrator's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A fascination with hot air balloons has hit late-18th-century Paris, and young Sophie Armant dreams of joining those bold aeronauts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >