WHO IS KING? by Beverley Naidoo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 2, 2015

"A buoyant eye-opener for younger readers under the impression that African folk tales begin and end with Anansi. (introduction, source notes) (Folk tales. 7-9)"
Naidoo and Grobler follow up their Afrocentric collection of Aesop's Fables (2011) with a fresh set of tales drawn from Amharic, Luo, Zulu and other traditions.Read full book review >
KILL SHOT by Bill Bunn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 6, 2015

"A thrown-together mishmash of fragmentary plot ideas, arbitrary events and discordant themes. (Thriller. 11-13)"
The discovery of a sunken World War II submarine plunges a rootless Labrador teen into a whirl of weird revelations and deadly danger. Read full book review >

THE BLACK RECKONING by John Stephens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"This fantasy trilogy closes with both satisfying finality and the realistic, requisite heartbreak that comes with saying goodbye. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Kids grow up so quickly these days—at least they do when they are prophetically linked to magical relics. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF THE THREE SISTERS by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"This unique sisterhood beats with a gentle heart. (pronunciation guide) (Fiction. 8-10)"
In this fourth novel of the Anna Wang series, seventh-grader Anna can hardly believe her waitress friend from China is coming to America. Read full book review >
NELSON MANDELA by Beatrice Gormley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A complete, informative introduction to a nonviolent revolutionary and one of history's most important champions of human rights. (photos, timeline, glossary, source notes) (Biography. 10-14)"
A young troublemaker grows up to be a civil rights activist, president of his country and world leader in this overview of the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning peacemaker. Read full book review >

DIARY OF A WAITRESS by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A slowly paced and occasionally even tedious depiction of a small slice of American railroad history. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Although more than a year too young for the position, almost-17-year-old Kitty takes a job as a Harvey Girl, one of the well-trained waitresses that staffed a national restaurant chain serving rail passengers from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries. Read full book review >
MYSTERY IN MAYAN MEXICO by Marcia Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Comical and clever in spots but overall, a sad follow-up to Mystery on Museum Mile (2014). (appendix of Mayan gods) (Mystery. 9-11)"
A free trip to the Yucatán pitches Edmund, a young artist/sleuth with a photographic memory, and his OCD pal Jonah into a new investigation involving an unsolved old crime and disappearing gold. Read full book review >
GENUINE SWEET by Faith Harkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A folksy first-person narration combined with a thought-provoking storyline makes this a good pick for solo enjoyment or book club discussion. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A coming-of-age story starring 12-year-old Genuine (pronounced Gen-u-wine) Sweet, fourth-generation wish-fetcher from the very small town of Sass, Georgia. Read full book review >
THE TRAP by Steven  Arntson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"An amazing blend of mystery, romance, science fiction and social commentary. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
It is 1963 in Farro, Iowa, where not much happens—at least until the school bully goes missing and four seventh-graders find a book that allows them to literally have out-of-body experiences. Read full book review >
LIKE A RIVER by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A superb Civil War tale of friendship, loyalty and what it means to be a man. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
The stories of three teens intersect in the later years of the Civil War in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER) by Geoff Rodkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"This frothy family contretemps ends on a note of sincere reconciliation (once Reese's hair grows back out, anyway)—that's presumably upended in time for the sequel. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An escalating sibling spat delivers "a buttload of life lessons" along with tears, terrible smells, a dorky mohawk and massive numbers of video game casualties. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE'S ASSISTANT by Kate Hannigan
Released: April 7, 2015

"A rousing fictional account of the remarkable career of a pioneering woman. (author's note, sources, further reading) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In 1859 Chicago, 11-year-old orphaned Nell strives to make herself indispensable to her mysterious aunt. 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 >