FLY AWAY by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A story that never cloys, succeeding on all levels. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Filled with little moments of quiet wisdom and gentle humor, Newbery winner MacLachlan's story about family love soars. Read full book review >
ALIEN ENCOUNTER by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Lots of tantalizing setup plus not quite enough plot fails to equal a story that stands on its own. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In this stretched-out series opener, two lads do little more than hang out for chapter after chapter between encounters with (putatively) an almond-eyed alien and a sasquatch while the author hints at hidden doings. Read full book review >

LOST CHILDREN OF THE FAR ISLANDS by Emily Raabe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A mostly strong magical adventure in the grand tradition. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
The first sentence grabs readers right away: "On May 23, exactly one month before Gustavia and Leomaris Brennan's eleventh birthday, their mother became terribly, mysteriously ill." Read full book review >
UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Julie T. Lamana
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"An honest, bleak account of a national tragedy sure to inspire discussion and research. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
As Armani Curtis' 10th birthday approaches, so does something far more ominous—a threatening storm in the Gulf of Mexico called Katrina. Read full book review >
THE BIG BAD BLACKOUT by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A cozy, comfortable book for a rainy night. (Fiction. 5-9)"
It's hurricane season in Virginia, and Stink and Judy Moody are in for some dark nights. Read full book review >

FRENZY by Robert Lettrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Never achieves the scare it intends. (Horror. 9-12)"
Summer camp turns deadly: fluffy, foaming, frenzied and deadly. Read full book review >
FURIOUS JONES AND THE ASSASSIN'S SECRET by Tim Kehoe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Readers caught up in the action will not mind the gaps. (Thriller. 8-12)"
The teenage years are usually a time of self-exploration, but for Furious Jones, it's a time to explore his family history. Read full book review >
LANTERN SAM AND THE BLUE STREAK BANDITS by Michael D. Beil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Laden with retro charm and sly humor, this won't suit every reader, but fans of fast-paced, far-fetched action will lap it up as enthusiastically as Sam swallows his favorite brand of sardines. (Mystery. 9-12)"
A talking cat with a penchant for problem-solving and self-reflection, a clever kidnapping-cum-jewel heist, a couple of kids and a friendly train conductor all collide in an atmospheric late-1930s adventure with old-time cinematic appeal. Read full book review >
STONE GIANT by Jane Sutcliffe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Still, this is a handsome offering that helps youngsters understand both an artist's process and how this stunning statue became the enduring symbol of a city and its people. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Sutcliffe make a big impression with this eye-catching introduction to one of Western civilization's most iconic sculptures. Read full book review >
JUBILEE! by Alicia Potter
Released: April 8, 2014

"Lovingly evokes a lost time. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Patrick Gilmore was a mid-19th-century superstar who was the recognized initiator of the golden age of American band music. Read full book review >
SHOW'S OVER by Jamie Michalak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Rarely will a book review recommend watching TV over reading a book, but in this case, find the remote. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Ruff Ruffman's second literary outing is much lighter than the first (Doggie Duties, 2014), especially in the science department. Read full book review >
PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES by Chris Oxlade
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Nevertheless, a valuable reference tool, a solid contribution to the literature of technology for teens and blissful eye candy for transportation enthusiasts. (Nonfiction. 6-14)"
This oversized book comprises not pages but a 6 1/2-foot-wide foldout poster, with illustrations of 100 iconic aircraft, spacecraft, trains, cars, bikes and boats. Read full book review >