GET MOONED by Chris Pallace
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 30, 2015

"Those in search of a humorous, high-interest title that will especially appeal to boys need look no further—and a projected sequel will continue the madcap adventures. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Meet Joey and Johnny—two students at Kick Foot Academy, "the world's premier ninja school," who are as irreverent, bumbling and hilarious as they come. Read full book review >
THE LOST TRIBES by C. Taylor-Butler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2015

"Well-written and well-paced: a promising start to what should be an exciting and unusual sci-fi series. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
A boy, his sister and their three friends discover that their parents—and they themselves—are not what they seem. Read full book review >

SURVIVING BEAR ISLAND by Paul Greci
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2015

"Bear Island is a challenging environment to survive but a terrific thrill on the page. (Adventure. 9-14)"
A fateful kayaking trip forces Tom to grow up fast while he faces dangers he only ever dreamed about. Read full book review >
ASTONISHING ANIMALS by Anita Ganeri
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"Equally suitable for shared or solitary reading and hard to resist either way. (Pop-up nonfiction. 7-9)"
A cranked-up collection of animal facts bookended by big, startling pop-ups of toothy ocean predators. Read full book review >
ASTROTWINS—PROJECT BLASTOFF by Mark Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"Intriguing subject matter and rock-solid pacing combine for a nifty adventure—one that may well spark a new generation of astronauts. (further reading) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
With co-author Freeman, Kelly takes readers back to 1975, when long-distance telephone calls cost money, calculators were expensive luxuries, and Americans fizzed with excitement about the U.S. space program. Read full book review >

THE PENDERWICKS IN SPRING by Jeanne Birdsall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"Not without some flaws, but overall, another charmer that will generate smiles, tears and fuzzy feelings. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A new and darker installment in the acclaimed series about the loving and bustling family. Read full book review >
THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"Readers will wish their summers were so eventful. (Adventure. 9-13)"
Billy Gillfoyle discovers that a powerful imagination can bring characters from books—and comic books, video games and role-playing-game cards—to life. Read full book review >
THE LEAGUE OF BEASTLY DREADFULS by Holly Grant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"A yummy debut, though readers with sensitive stomachs would be well-advised to check them at the door. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Two sinister spinsters spirit a seemingly ordinary fifth-grader away one day to a moldering former asylum, informing her that she's become an orphan and they are her great-aunts. Yeah, right. Read full book review >
TEDDY MARS by Molly B. Burnham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"Fans of world-record quests and those who enjoy lighthearted tales will savor Teddy's efforts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After discovering TheGuinness Book of World Records, Teddy's determined to achieve a world record, too. Read full book review >
RUTABAGA THE ADVENTURE CHEF by Eric Colossal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"Colossal's debut outing is a cheerful if unexceptional popcorn read. (Graphic adventure. 8-11)"
In a land with dragons and other monsters, a happy-go-lucky chef can also be a hero. Read full book review >
JINX'S FIRE by Sage Blackwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"A solid conclusion to a trilogy that, though overcrowded and about a half volume too long, is nonetheless threaded with proper amounts of heroism, humor and ingenious twists of character. (map, not seen) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Multiple threats to his beloved Urwald send tree whisperer Jinx down magical Paths of Ice and Fire in this populous closer. Read full book review >
BLACKBIRD FLY by Erin Entrada Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"Children's literature has been waiting for Apple Yengko—a strong, Asian-American girl whose ethnic identity simultaneously complicates and enriches her life. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Apple Yengko has one possession from the Philippines—a Beatles cassette tape with her father's name written on it. She knows every song by heart. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >