LOST IN THE BACKYARD by Alison Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A simple, predictable survival adventure. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Lost in the woods for three long, cold days, Flynn makes several mistakes that hinder his rescue and survival. Read full book review >
BUTTON HILL by Michael Bradford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Rare, scary fun. With tomatoes. (Horror. 11-13)"
A moment's messing with an odd clock plunges a lad into the strange and dangerous borderland between the living world and the realms of the dead in this decidedly offbeat chiller. Read full book review >

TRASH MOUNTAIN by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Though there's a suggestion the story is meant as fable, Nutley's adventure stands alone as a satisfying animal fantasy. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When young Nutley's parents are attacked and killed by the violent members of an invading "inferior race" living nearby, Nutley must leave his babyhood home and learn to make it on his own. Read full book review >
OCTOPUSES! by Laurence Pringle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Pringle inks another winner in a long series of engaging, informative invitations to explore the natural world. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
A veteran science writer introduces the most intelligent invertebrate of all, the octopus, master of camouflage. Read full book review >
MY FAMILY TREE AND ME by Dusan Petricic
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Budding genealogists will enjoy poring over this illustrated family history. (Picture book. 4-9)"
This dos-à-dos book looks at both sides of one little boy's ancestry. Read full book review >

THE LOST TREASURE OF LITTLE SNORING by Lyn Gardner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Flashes of wit notwithstanding, the gross is shoveled in with such vigor that even readers who revel in such stuff may weary. (Adventure. 9-11)"
An intrepid lad and his smart-girl best friend repel a pair of particularly putrid pirates in this unbridled farce. Read full book review >
THE MISSING ZUCCHINI by L.M. Falcone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Introduce Max to budding detectives or children who like to laugh as they read. (Mystery. 6-10)"
Max and his great-uncle Larry, who just happens to be a bumbling ghost and a formerly unsuccessful detective, solve their second case in this accessible chapter-book series. Read full book review >
AN AMBUSH OF TIGERS by Betsy R. Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Collective nouns have never been this much fun…or memorable. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Homonyms are used as mnemonic devices to help readers remember "A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns." Read full book review >
THE DAY NO ONE WAS ANGRY by Toon Tellegen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Pleasantly lacking moral-mongering, this fresh collection will appeal to parents and children who enjoy sharing stories as springboards to discussion and speculation. (table of contents—in the backmatter) (Short stories. 6-9)"
Dutch writer Tellegen explores the psychology of anger in 12 vignettes featuring a society of animals. Read full book review >
MADAME SONIA DELAUNAY by Gérard Lo Monaco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Children who want to know more (i.e., anything) about Delaunay's life or artistic context will have to look elsewhere, but this bonbon should leave a taste for further enquiry. (thumbnail index includes media and locations) (Pop-up art book. 6-10)"
This small but fulsome tribute to the underrecognized artist/designer pairs pop-up versions of many of her semiabstract works with fanciful interpretive notes. Read full book review >
DOG EAT DOG by Jake Marcionette
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Jake Mathews' 'AWESOMENESS' is legit, and fans will be clamoring for more. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Wunderkind Marcionette returns with another tale about his gifted preteen, Just Jake (2014). Read full book review >
THE LOST TRACK OF TIME by Paige Britt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Not as masterful as Juster's genre-defining work but enjoyable on many levels. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
An overscheduled girl falls into a hole in her schedule in Britt's whimsical debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >