K-9 by Rohan Gavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A teeth-gnashing thriller more macabre than its predecessor, it will have readers (ahem) howling for a third. (Mystery. 10-14)"
The second in the Knightley and Son series gets a little darker, offering more bite, tragedy and paternal dysfunction, as well as respectable levels of gore. Read full book review >
MARS EVACUEES by Sophia McDougall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"The strange pacing sometimes makes the book feel unbalanced, but the action sequences are worth the wait. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
In a future in which alien intervention has drastically reversed global warming, British schoolgirl Alice Dare discovers that, instead of beginning a new semester at Muckling Abbot School for Girls, she's been drafted into basic training on Mars, fighting the enemies of the human race. Read full book review >

PINSTRIPE PRIDE by Marty Appel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"An enormous home run. (foreword, statistics, reading list, index) (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
The action-packed saga of the New York Yankees is recounted for young readers by an author who knows the team well. Read full book review >
LISTEN, SLOWLY by Thanhha Lai
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A touching tale of preteen angst and translation troubles. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A trip to Vietnam did not figure in Laguna, California, girl Mai Le's summer plans!Read full book review >
THE ONLY GAME by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A lovely nod to Derek Jeter rounds out a winner of a sports novel. (Fiction. 9-13)"
In the opener of a four-book series about kids in the baseball-loving town of Walton, 12-year-old Jack Callahan struggles to square his personal sorrows with his deep love of the game. Read full book review >

KATIE FRIEDMAN GIVES UP TEXTING! (AND LIVES TO TELL ABOUT IT.) by Tommy Greenwald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"With wit and perception, Greenwald reminds readers that there is communication beyond their electronics. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A texting gaffe leads to tumult for middle schooler Katie. Read full book review >
THE HERO TWINS by Jim Kristofic
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"A thrillingly melodramatic tale kept close to its Navajo roots. (Bilingual folk tale. 7-10)"
Illustrations incorporating images drawn from traditional sand painting and pop culture alike accompany a new Navajo/English version of the early exploits of a pair of mythic heroes. Read full book review >
HERO by Sarah  Lean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A compelling, thought-provoking story about the fights and brave acts—big and small, acclaimed and unattributed—that define us. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Young Leo learns that being a hero isn't about the accolades. Read full book review >
ABE LINCOLN by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"The book quotes Lincoln as saying, 'Whatever you are, be a good one.' This team goes beyond good; they excel at making history real, enjoyable and memorable. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
From Ben Franklin: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z (2011), the dynamic duo of Schroeder and O'Brien here turn their talents to Abe Lincoln. Read full book review >
DECORATED HORSES by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Even readers mad for all things horse won't give this more than a quick graze before galloping off to richer pastures. (index, bibliography, websites) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Bright colors and ornate furbelows flash in this survey of horsey fashion through the ages. Read full book review >
FINDING THE WORM by Mark Goldblatt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Goldblatt's outstanding tale ponders a timeless, universal dilemma as a remarkable boy seeks to reconcile the heartbreak and uplift that punctuate his life. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Goldblatt's sequel to Twerp (2013) chronicles the momentous events of Julian's seventh-grade year.Read full book review >
RUBY REDFORT CATCH YOUR DEATH by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Not exactly a high-tension page-turner, but an entertaining escapade with an offbeat whiff. (multiple afterwords) (Mystery. 9-14)"
Teenage spy-in-training Ruby Redfort sniffs out something rotten in the town of Twinford in her third outing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >