MESMERIZED by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Rockliff and Bruno's playful approach buoys solid science and history. (author's note, sources) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Ben Franklin's several years in France during the American Revolution included an occasion on which he consulted on a scientific matter for the French king. Read full book review >
OTTO THE OWL WHO LOVED POETRY by Vern Kousky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Simple and clearly told, with a wonderfully engaging protagonist. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
A poetically inclined owl learns to accept his calling. Read full book review >

AFTER THE BELL RINGS by Carol Diggory Shields
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Smart and sassy poems and accessible illustrations combine for an engaging, humorous package. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Twenty-two light poems and accompanying illustrations explore what happens after school. Read full book review >
HAS ANYONE SEEN JESSICA JENKINS? by Liz Kessler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Readers not yet ready for teen thrillers should warm to this unlikely band of new friends who solve this easy-to-read 'scientific' mystery with no adult intervention. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Superhuman powers. The best thing ever—or a total nightmare? Read full book review >
MARK OF THE THIEF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The fast-paced, ingenious plot, charismatic hero and highly diverse cast of characters—including the ancient, eternal city itself—make this series opener a captivating joy ride. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Compelled by an ambitious general to retrieve an amulet from Julius Caesar's treasure, long hidden in a mine outside Rome, Nic—a slave with attitude—more than succeeds, upending his life and escalating conflict among the power brokers of imperial Rome. Read full book review >

THE PIRATE WHO'S AFRAID OF EVERYTHING by Annabeth Bondor-Stone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"While the premise is initially hard to accept given its pure ridiculousness, fans of Captain Underpants and the Wimpy Kid may find Shivers more hilarious than overwrought. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Get ready for a breathlessly paced pirate adventure starring Shivers, who is terrified of just about everything. Read full book review >
WISH GIRL by Nikki  Loftin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A moving, mesmerizing story of wishing, listening and hope for discerning readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A sensitive boy with a troubled past and an artistic girl whose cache of wishes has almost expired find solace and friendship in a magical valley. Read full book review >
MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% TRUE!) by Alison DeCamp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A knee-slapper of a debut featuring a narrator who is rather less than 99 percent reliable but 100 percent engaging. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Reality occasionally manages to force its way into a brash young motor mouth's 1895 account of chills and thrills at a remote Michigan logging camp. Read full book review >
LUCKY STRIKE by Bobbie Pyron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Amusing, endearing and sometimes even electrifying. (Magical realism. 9-12)"
Could it ever be lucky to be struck by lightning? Read full book review >
THE SECRET CIPHER by Whitaker Ringwald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Suspense, humor and sparkling narrative voices combine to deliver an engaging adventure. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Book 2 in the middle-grade Secret Box mystery series (The Secret Box, 2014).Read full book review >
AWESOME ORIGINS by Chris Giarrusso
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Formulaic, built on well-worn tropes and replete with cheap jabs at grown-ups—destined, in other words, to be an easy sell. (afterword) (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 9-11)"
Spun off from Giarrusso's G-Man comics series, a wannabe superhero's journal assignment records epic triumphs along with a catalog of middle-grade woes. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF THE DIAMOND by Emily Arnold McCully
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Readers will root for Lizzie all the way. (author's note, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A very determined girl in turn-of-the-20th-century Rhode Island decides that she will play baseball. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >