WALKING TWO WORLDS by Joseph Bruchac
Released: April 15, 2015

"Captivating and brief enough to be an easy sell for reluctant readers, this effort combines a snapshot of history with a skillful multicultural portrayal. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Ely, a Seneca Indian, has been sent to a boarding school to learn the ways of white people in hopes that he can become an effective representative for his people. Read full book review >
PARANORMAL by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A dramatic tale—or the first part of one, anyway—heavily steeped in tribal lore. (Paranormal suspense. 11-13)"
The young Cherokee seer struck by lightning in Abnormal (2014) acquires more extrasensory powers after a near-death experience in this partial sequel. Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF LANGUAGES by Mick Webb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"Eurocentric, not to mention overly ambitious—but being able to say some variant of 'Not so hot' in Belarus, Brazil or any point between has to count for something. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
With just a bit of practice children will come away from this quick but sweeping linguistic look-see able to exchange greetings and a "How are you doing?" with anyone (almost) anywhere in the world. Read full book review >
ROSIE AND ROLLAND IN THE LEGENDARY SHOW-AND-TELL by Jon Berg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A bewildering mishmash of unintegrated elements, long as well as incoherent. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A child in search of something special to bring to class finds it in a jungle temple—then loses it to a rival. Read full book review >
THE PET AND THE PENDULUM by Gordon McAlpine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A fitting conclusion to a series as suspenseful as it is less-than-earnest, in which mad science, quantum entanglement, encounters with ghosts, and sly twists on literary figures and memes all figure. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Telepathically conjoined twins, distant relatives of the eminent eponymous author, fall into the clutches of their mad-scientist nemesis one last time in this truly explosive series finale. Read full book review >

THE SKUNK by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Peculiar, perplexing, and persistent—training wheels for Samuel Beckett. (Picture book. 6-10)"
When is a skunk not a skunk? When it's a…skunk. Read full book review >
BEASTLY VERSE by Joohee Yoon
edited by Joohee Yoon, illustrated by Joohee Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Gleefully distinctive stylings, fluorescent colors, and beautiful bookmaking should make an eager new audience for these old poems. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Using just three impossibly bright colors, printmaker Yoon illustrates a collection of animal-themed poems of varying familiarity. Read full book review >
THE TRAVELING CIRCUS by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A salutary, unusual look at part of the world rarely seen in North American children's literature, wrapped up in family fun. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A Canadian family's vacation in Croatia offers both typical road-trip zaniness and opportunities for deep reflection. Read full book review >
AVIS DOLPHIN by Frieda Wishinsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Arty illustrations and a turgid, purpose-driven narrative waste this opportunity to highlight a major tragedy in its centennial year. Interested readers will get more from Diana Preston's Remember the Lusitania! (2003). (afterword) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
Readers who think that the Titanic was the only great ocean liner that ever sank will find this fictionalized eyewitness account of the torpedoed Lusitania's last voyage a revelation.Read full book review >
ANDREO'S RACE by Pam Withers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"The issues-driven plotline is superimposed rather forcibly on the athletic one—but both feature suspenseful, character-changing incidents. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A challenging endurance event provides an adopted teen with the perfect opportunity to track down his birth mother. Read full book review >
VISIT THE BHIL CARNIVAL by Gita Wolf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Being just a single spread, it's a quick visit—but big and busy enough to draw and please several viewers at once. (afterword) (Pop-up picture book. 6-9)"
A double-gatefold map opens flat to display a pop-up Ferris wheel and other attractions at an annual festival held in the central Indian province of Madhya Pradesh. Read full book review >
TRAPPED! A WHALE'S RESCUE by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Minor's illustrations carry the day, helping readers and whale get past the rescue to the informative backmatter. (resources) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Trapped by over 20 ropes set by a crab-trapping boat, each over 200 feet long, a humpback whale struggles to stay alive. 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 >