VILONIA BEEBE TAKES CHARGE by Kristin L. Gray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2017

"A humorous, poignant, realistic debut story about a very responsible little girl who's a 'force of nature.' (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fourth-grader Vilonia takes on more than she bargains for trying to prove she's responsible enough to adopt a dog. Read full book review >
NOODLEHEADS SEE THE FUTURE by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"Two delightfully dense heroes bring folk tales into the 21st century, and young readers are all the richer for it. (Graphic early reader. 5-9)"
Two thickheaded macaroni noodles prove the old adage: a fool and his firewood are soon parted. Read full book review >

LET'S ESTIMATE by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"There are a few arid patches and some illustration-audience mismatch, but the value—and enjoyment—of rounding and estimating courses through it. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Estimating and rounding: two great, everyday mathematical tools. Read full book review >
HARD ROCK by Ginger Rue
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"If there were a reality show called Real Housewives of Tuscaloosa: The Middle School Years, this might suffice as the print version. (Fiction. 10-14)"
This second book of the Tig Ripley series continues as Tig and her all-girl band, Pandora's Box, struggle with middle school drama. Read full book review >
BOTANICUM by Kathy Willis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Not encyclopedic but reasonably systematic: a big, decorative, eye-filling survey. (index, websites) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A large-format tour of the plant world, organized into seven "galleries" of related types. Read full book review >

KINGS OF THE COURT by Alison Hughes
Released: March 14, 2017

"Contrivances aside, a good-hearted story of gladiators, kings, and kids with dreams. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sameer and Vijay are not great basketball players, but they loyally find ways to contribute to their junior high school team. Read full book review >
SMARTY MARTY STEPS UP HER GAME by Amy Gutierrez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Light on actual baseball action, but the empowerment message comes through loud and clear. (author interview) (Fiction. 8-10)"
A bully's threats complicate a young baseball lover's chance to try her hand at announcing. Read full book review >
CATCHING AIR by Sneed B. Collard III
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Though some of the individual animals might be found in other titles, bringing them all together as gliders here makes the book worth a look. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Southeast Asian Draco lizards, North American flying squirrels, and Australian sugar gliders: what do they have in common? Read full book review >
TOP DOGS by Elizabeth MacLeod
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Excellent information presented in a frustrating and distracting jumble. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Dogs have played a role in human history for eons. Read full book review >
THE GOLEM OF PRAGUE by Irène  Cohen-Janca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Strange and powerful. (glossary) (Picture book. 10-12)"
A dark, mystical tale raised from ancient Jewish folklore tells of a young boy and his encounter with a golem in this picture book for older readers. Read full book review >
THE BEST MEDICINE by Christine Hamill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A cancer story that struggles to evoke either laughter or tears. (Fiction. 10-12)"
This Irish import's 12-year-old narrator laughs to keep from crying. Read full book review >
WHAT A WASTE! by Claire Eamer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A smart overall survey sprinkled with choice nuggets of garbage lore. Dig in. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Eamer proves that garbage can both be highly entertaining and serve as a backdrop to the human story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >