THE MAGIC TRAP by Jacqueline Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Action and humor make the hard lessons go down easy. (magic-trick instructions) (Fiction. 8-11)"
Sibs Evan and Jessie face their toughest physical and emotional challenges yet in this concluding—and best so far—sequel to The Lemonade War (2007). Read full book review >
MYSTERY ON MUSEUM MILE by Marcia Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A sure pleaser for Cam Jansen grads or anyone fond of knotty, lightweight capers solved with brainpower (and a little luck). (Mystery. 9-11)"
A photographic memory and a best bud with OCD help a young sleuth nab a gang of art thieves in this effervescent debut. Read full book review >

ARCHIE TAKES FLIGHT by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A solid start to a new chapter-book series. (Adventure. 6-9)"
Archie Morningstar has been waiting for "eight years, eight months, and eight days" to ride along with his taxicab-driving father. But when the night finally arrives, the experience proves to be out of this world. Read full book review >
TASUNKA by Donald F. Montileaux
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"The simply told legend, brilliant illustrations and handsome book design combine for a compelling, important work. (illustrator's note, further reading list) (Folk tale. 6-10)"
Montileaux, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, adapts the legend of the tribe's domestication of the horse in this bilingual English-Lakota edition. Read full book review >
CLAUDE AT THE BEACH by Alex T. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers who take it too seriously might end up like Claude, floating in the middle of the ocean, wearing baggy underpants (held together with sticky tape) and pursued by a shark—but they'll be laughing. (Fiction. 7-10)"
This early chapter book is often hilarious, but it should not be used as an instruction manual, as Claude the dog is not much of a role model. Read full book review >

CHASING CHEETAHS by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another winning combination of elegant design, thoughtful organization and fascinating information. (bibliography, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A trusted pair of wildlife observers introduce Namibian cheetahs and a woman who has taken on the responsibility for saving them. Read full book review >
LARRY GETS LOST IN WASHINGTON, DC by John Skewes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A few standard-issue facts shoveled into a quick dog's-eye view of the Smithsonian and environs do not an effective tour make. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
The compulsively errant pooch's latest touristic ramble takes him around the National Mall. Read full book review >
THE KING'S DRAGON by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Just a quick side jaunt in the journey, but it's a diversion that adds further depth to a particularly well-wrought tale. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
Chantler puts his ongoing tale of magic, treachery, kidnapping and hot pursuit largely on pause to fill in some back story on the chief pursuer. Read full book review >
SO MUCH FOR DEMOCRACY by Kari Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A thought-provoking study of a family caught up in both political and domestic crises in a foreign land. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Title notwithstanding, historical events in Ghana remain largely offstage as a 12-year-old, recently arrived from Canada, struggles to cope with her mother's descent into a nervous breakdown. Read full book review >
HANDS ON! MATH PROJECTS by Andrew King
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though there is a lot in one place, it's not quite on par with Marilyn Burns' Brown Paper series or David A. Adler's popular books; still it may be useful to those who work with kids in a teaching capacity. (Math activity book. 6-12)"
Lots of hands-on games, activities and challenges allow readers to learn and practice some valuable math skills and concepts. Read full book review >
FROG FREAKOUT by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not much of a leap, plotwise, but it should hop off shelves where the series has spawned fans. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Midway through this 14-volume British series, mad scientist Petty Potts follows her favorite experimental subjects, twins Josh and Danny Phillips, to summer camp with a new body-transforming concoction. Read full book review >
IMMORTAL MAX by Lutricia Clifton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Pleasant if imperfect, a treat for dog lovers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Will a boy's dream of owning a puppy ever come true? Read full book review >