HOW TO DRAW WITH YOUR FUNNY BONE by Elwood H. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Smith's pictures are always good for a hoot, though tyros will get a truer start from Ed Emberley's classic manuals. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Sage instruction for would-be cartoonists from a veteran, self-billed "Trained Professional Artist." Read full book review >
CANNED AND CRUSHED by Bibi Belford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Overstuffed, as many first novels are, but fitted with an admirable, funny protagonist. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In this never-a-dull-moment debut, pride and stubborn enterprise carry a brash young immigrant through both school and family troubles, as well as embarrassing errors in judgment. Read full book review >

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL... by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A well-traveled premise, but like all of its ilk, a fertile source of inspiration for similarly dilatory students. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In the grand tradition of John Burningham's John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the Boy Who Was Always Late (1987), a tardy lad spins exciting if unlikely excuses to a skeptical teacher.Read full book review >
Released: March 3, 2015

"Salutary portraits in radicalism. (Collective biography. 11-14)"
A gallery of historical troublemakers starting with Hannibal and ending with Martin Luther King, Jr. Read full book review >
BUG DETECTIVE by Maggie Li
by Maggie Li, illustrated by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"For readers who can get beyond the use of the generic 'bug,' this could be an engaging invitation to explore the world of small creatures. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Curious facts about familiar invertebrates are packaged with a magnifying glass for extended observations. Read full book review >

COMPLETELY CLEMENTINE by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though looser in weave than previous appearances, still this provides the emotional honesty readers have come to expect. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Antic third-grader Clementine faces her biggest challenge yet: looming change. Read full book review >
GENESIS by Jason Quinn
Released: March 3, 2015

"Timeless tales retold with a touch less solemnity than usual. (Graphic religion. 10-13)"
A compressed version of the first nine chapters, in comics format with an occasional mighty KRAK-KOOM! to signal divine displeasure.Read full book review >
LEGENDS by Howard Bryant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A terrific gathering of heroic hacks and legendary near misses, ideal as a companion for systematic histories such as Lawrence Ritter's ripe-for-updating Story of Baseball (3rd edition, 1999). (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A sports fan's delight: historical highlights (and lowlights), tributes to great players and lots of "Top Ten" lists ripe for vigorous second guessing. Read full book review >
TERMINAL by Kathy Reichs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A worthy coda to a gripping multivolume adventure. (Thriller. 9-12)"
The final installment of mother-and-son Virals series finds Tory and her friends at a turning point: If they don't take action soon, their world will change beyond their control. Read full book review >
FLUNKED by Jen Calonita
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"For a more enjoyable spin across similar territory (though without the petty crime), try Shannon Hale's The Storybook of Legends (2013) instead. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When 12-year-old Gilly, eldest daughter of the shoemaker, is caught with stolen goods, she is sent to Fairy Tale Reform School for rehabilitation. Read full book review >
EXPLORE THE COSMOS LIKE NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON by CAP Saucier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Better ventures into the high frontier abound—and so do better profiles of our leading living science popularizer. (notes, glossary, bibliography, no index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A tour of the solar system and the cosmos beyond, with a celebrity guide standing by. Read full book review >
SLACKS, CAMERA, ACTION! by Scott McCormick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Mildly amusing bratty antics—but nothing more. (Graphic novel. 6-10)"
Mr. Pants, his human mother and his feline sisters return for a second graphic-novel-format chapter book. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >