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 >
ICE WHALE by Jean Craighead George
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"A fitting envoi for a writer whose most enduring tales of nature and survival are required childhood reading. (map, whale portrait) (Adventure. 10-13)"
George's last novel, completed by her sons Twig and Craig, traces a 200-year cycle of devastation, change and recovery in Arctic waters. Read full book review >
THE INSIDER by Ridley Pearson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

The Kingdom Keepers saga concludes with the final battle between the forces of good and evil.

Three years have passed since the Keepers last had to squash the efforts of the Overtakers (Dark Passage, 2013), but not much has changed when it comes to this series. Read full book review >


DANNY BLACKGOAT, RUGGED ROAD TO FREEDOM by Tim Tingle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A suspenseful middle volume. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
A resourceful young Navajo's efforts to rescue his family are complicated by dust-ups with a violent gang of slave traders in the second episode of this Civil War-era trilogy (Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner, 2013). Read full book review >
FILE UNDER by Lemony Snicket
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Fans can still look forward to Volume 3 of All the Wrong Questions, coming in October 2014: fabulous (which here means "very good" rather than "not real"). (Mystery/short stories. 8-14)"
How many mysteries lurk in the no-longer-seaside town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea? Thirteen. Read full book review >
SON WHO RETURNS by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Free of crises and melodrama, a buoyant take on the theme of embracing one's family heritage. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Powwow drums call a modern teen to reconnect with his Native American roots. Read full book review >
SUMMONING THE PHOENIX by Emily Jiang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

Thirteen young musicians of diverse ethnic background ready themselves to play their traditional Chinese instruments on stage in this informative and gracefully illustrated twin debut. Read full book review >
TOOTH & CLAW by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Smartly focused on characteristics that will most interest young animal admirers, this is an attractive addition to a popular series. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Powerful acrylic paintings and detailed pencil sketches introduce awe-inspiring predators whose jaws and claws support their carnivorous diets. Read full book review >
WIND DANCER by Chris Platt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not ground-breaking but one of Platt's better works; horse-crazy kids will love it, as always. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Platt returns with another well-worn horse story. Read full book review >
ROSE AND THE LOST PRINCESS by Holly Webb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Enjoyable magical adventure enlivened by an engaging group of secondary characters from all backgrounds and realms. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Rose, an orphan who works as a housemaid while studying magic, helps save a princess from an evil magician. Read full book review >