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 >
THE BOX AND THE DRAGONFLY by Ted Sanders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"An epic adventure of self-discovery, magic, tragedy and blurred lines of loyalty for middle-grade lovers of fantasy. (glossary) (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In this series opener, the fate of humankind rests in the hands of a mostly pragmatic boy, a sometimes-invisible girl and the magical archives of two secret sects. Read full book review >
LOST BOY by Tim Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Those who appreciate consistency are the most likely to welcome Green's latest. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Life for Ryder and his mother isn't perfect, but they manage by facing the world together, until a freak accident leaves Ryder alone with a lot of problems. Read full book review >
WITHERWOOD REFORM SCHOOL by Obert Skye
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"One can almost hear the Tim Curry narration. (Adventure. 9-12)"
A brother and sister find themselves trapped in a frightening school that threatens to destroy their minds in this dark comedy. Read full book review >
BREAKING THE ICE by Gail Nall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"After a strong beginning, this atmospheric but overstuffed novel flounders, rallying at the end to pull off a touching finish. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An emotional meltdown at a figure skating competition gets 12-year-old Kaitlin kicked out of her high-status skating club and jettisoned by her longtime coach in this middle-grade sports novel. Read full book review >
FOOTER DAVIS PROBABLY IS CRAZY by Susan Vaught
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A sensitive, suspenseful mystery that deftly navigates the uncertainty of mental illness. (Mystery. 10-12)"
"I was so far from normal, it wasn't even funny—except, of course, when it was," remarks Footer Davis, establishing the tone for an investigation into missing kids and parental mental illness. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE VANISHING EMERALD by Holly Webb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though it's a tad formulaic, Maisie's second mystery offers middle-grade readers colorful characters, a theatrical setting and a plucky heroine. (Mystery. 9-12)"
"Naturally nosy," Maisie Hitchins reprises her role as amateur detective in The Case of the Stolen Sixpence (2014) to tackle the disappearance of a priceless emerald necklace from a London theater.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 >