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 >
THE IMAGINARY by A.F. Harrold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Wonderfully entertaining. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
What happens to the imaginary friends we make when we are so little we can't remember them later on? Read full book review >
FIRSTBORN by Tor Seidler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A rich tale of the wild that quickens the pulse and fills the heart. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A magpie who befriends a wolf tells their story. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN SISTERS by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A laudable conclusion to a popular series. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Miri, as spunky and smart as ever, returns in the final book of the award-winning Princess Academy trilogy. Read full book review >
EGG by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Appealing, accessible and accurate, this is another admirable creation. (additional reading) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
With their characteristic design and choice of intriguing details, this prolific author-illustrator pair introduces "nature's perfect package": the egg. Read full book review >
STONE ANGEL by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A different take on a difficult subject. (Picture book. 8-10)"
A young Jewish girl and her family must flee when the Nazis march into Paris. 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 >