ITCH ROCKS by Simon Mayo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A satisfying continuation of Itch's adventures as an element-hunter superhero. (Adventure. 10-15)"
Itchingham "Itch" Lofte is back and ready to prove that sometimes kids are better than adults at saving the world. Read full book review >
MYSTERIOUS PATTERNS by Sarah C. Campbell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"For visual learners, this is a particularly accessible demonstration of an intriguing concept. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Through examples of what fractals are and what they aren't, this photo essay introduces a complex mathematical idea in a simple, inviting way. Read full book review >

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE WOOLLY BEAR CATERPILLAR by Laurence Pringle
Released: April 1, 2014

"Straightforward and informative. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
The author of more than 100 children's books looks closely at a familiar creature. Read full book review >
HOT DOG! ELEANOR ROOSEVELT THROWS A PICNIC by Leslie Kimmelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A captivating introductory piece for budding history buffs. (Picture book. 7-12)"
When the first official visit by a British royal to the United States since independence is scheduled in 1939, Eleanor Roosevelt hosts an all-American picnic. Read full book review >
WORLD WAR I FOR KIDS by R. Kent Rasmussen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A solid exploration of a horrific war that unfortunately didn't turn out to be "the war to end all wars." (timeline, resources, source notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A comprehensive study of the Great War, emphasizing the changes the war brought and how it shaped our modern world. Read full book review >

HIDDEN by Loïc Dauvillier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"No book can sum up all of the Holocaust, but this graphic novel seems to contain every possible human emotion. Remarkably, most of the time, it does it with an oval and two dots. (Graphic historical fiction. 6-13)"
The most moving scenes of this graphic novel have no words at all. Read full book review >
JASMINE AND MADDIE by Christine Pakkala
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"While no new ground is covered in Pakkala's novel, the spot-on cover will entice readers who will identify with the pain of middle school, enjoy the well-developed secondary characters and applaud the girls' growth. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Can two seemingly opposite girls become friends? Read full book review >
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers will empathize as April displays spunk and resilience in addressing her mistakes and remaining true to herself. (Fiction. 11-14)"
April's much-anticipated eighth-grade year rapidly devolves into a debacle. Read full book review >
JACK THE CASTAWAY by Lisa Doan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers who are list makers should make sure this series opener is included. (Adventure. 8-12)"
All Jack Berenson wants is to go to school like a normal sixth-grader and come home to parents who work regular, old 9-to-5 jobs, but life with Richard and Claire Berenson is anything but normal. Read full book review >
ON A SCALE FROM IDIOT TO COMPLETE JERK by Alison Hughes
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though it attempts Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it achieves lengthy science report. Skippable. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Can a scientific study explain jerk-ish behavior, and will it earn J.J. a passing grade? Read full book review >
THE STOWAWAYS by Meghan Marentette
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"In the tradition of memorable mouse heroes, the Stowaways deliver page-turning, cliffhanging, heartwarming, first-rate adventure. (map) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
An adventure-seeking mouse leaves the safety of home to search for his missing grandfather in the terrifying World Beyond, with perilous consequences. Read full book review >
EVERY LAST DROP by Michelle Mulder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Informative, attractive and alarming—readers will think twice before leaving the water running as they brush their teeth. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
You turn a tap. The water flows: clean and, if not abundantly, at least steadily. You are the lucky one in two humans. Read full book review >