UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Julie T. Lamana
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"An honest, bleak account of a national tragedy sure to inspire discussion and research. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
As Armani Curtis' 10th birthday approaches, so does something far more ominous—a threatening storm in the Gulf of Mexico called Katrina. Read full book review >
THE BIG BAD BLACKOUT by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A cozy, comfortable book for a rainy night. (Fiction. 5-9)"
It's hurricane season in Virginia, and Stink and Judy Moody are in for some dark nights. Read full book review >

FRENZY by Robert Lettrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Never achieves the scare it intends. (Horror. 9-12)"
Summer camp turns deadly: fluffy, foaming, frenzied and deadly. Read full book review >
FURIOUS JONES AND THE ASSASSIN'S SECRET by Tim Kehoe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Readers caught up in the action will not mind the gaps. (Thriller. 8-12)"
The teenage years are usually a time of self-exploration, but for Furious Jones, it's a time to explore his family history. Read full book review >
LANTERN SAM AND THE BLUE STREAK BANDITS by Michael D. Beil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Laden with retro charm and sly humor, this won't suit every reader, but fans of fast-paced, far-fetched action will lap it up as enthusiastically as Sam swallows his favorite brand of sardines. (Mystery. 9-12)"
A talking cat with a penchant for problem-solving and self-reflection, a clever kidnapping-cum–jewel heist, a couple of kids and a friendly train conductor all collide in an atmospheric late-1930s adventure with old-time cinematic appeal. Read full book review >

STONE GIANT by Jane Sutcliffe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Still, this is a handsome offering that helps youngsters understand both an artist's process and how this stunning statue became the enduring symbol of a city and its people. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Sutcliffe make a big impression with this eye-catching introduction to one of Western civilization's most iconic sculptures. Read full book review >
JUBILEE! by Alicia Potter
Released: April 8, 2014

"Lovingly evokes a lost time. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Patrick Gilmore was a mid-19th-century superstar who was the recognized initiator of the golden age of American band music. Read full book review >
SHOW'S OVER by Jamie Michalak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Rarely will a book review recommend watching TV over reading a book, but in this case, find the remote. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Ruff Ruffman's second literary outing is much lighter than the first (Doggie Duties, 2014), especially in the science department. Read full book review >
PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES by Chris Oxlade
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Nevertheless, a valuable reference tool, a solid contribution to the literature of technology for teens and blissful eye candy for transportation enthusiasts. (Nonfiction. 6-14)"
This oversized book comprises not pages but a 6 1/2–foot-wide foldout poster, with illustrations of 100 iconic aircraft, spacecraft, trains, cars, bikes and boats. Read full book review >
I AM A POETATO by John Hegley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2014

"Wide-ranging poems and whimsical illustrations combine to yield uneven degrees of comedic success. (Poetry. 9-13)"
British poet Hegley here assembles 45 poems offering light, sometimes wildly offbeat perspectives on a variety of topics. Read full book review >
UNCERTAIN GLORY by Lea Wait
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2014

"A worthy and entertaining trip back through time. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Joe runs his own newspaper, quite an accomplishment for a 14-year-old, even in 1861. With the Civil War beginning and a young spiritualist in town, he's got lots to write about. Read full book review >
BROTHER HUGO AND THE BEAR by Katy Beebe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2014

"This accurate (if abbreviated) delineation of the process of medieval manuscript bookmaking shines thanks to the fey twist of ursine longing for the written word. (glossary, author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Prepare to be charmed by a bear who loves words—or at least loves to eat them. Read full book review >