STINKY SPIKE THE PIRATE DOG by Peter Meisel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Cast off, me hearties, and meet a dog that brings both the yo ho hos and the nose. (Adventure. 7-9)"
A pungent pup must prove his worth to a bumbling piratical crew. Read full book review >
MY BEAUTIFUL BIRDS by Suzanne Del Rizzo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 8, 2017

"This story of one frightened little boy who finds strength in caring for animals and uses that strength to comfort other kids is an excellent means of explaining a difficult subject to young children. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-10)"
Sami was feeding his pigeons when his home and his neighborhood were suddenly gone. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Grand, in several ways. (author's & illustrator's notes, sources) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
An account of the former first lady's impassioned campaign to save one of New York's iconic buildings. Read full book review >
THE PANTS PROJECT by Cat Clarke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A fine addition to LGBTQ children's literature. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a few months, Liv effects a major change in his new middle school's antiquated dress code while simultaneously acquiring the courage to come out as transgender. Read full book review >
TOW-TRUCK PLUCK by Annie M.G. Schmidt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Young fans of Pippi Longstocking will admire this budding eco-warrior, both for his independence and his determination to help others in need. (Fiction. 9-11)"
In a set of popular tales from a Hans Christian Andersen Award-winning author, a young lad arrives in town with nothing but a tow truck and finds a home as well as friends both human and animal. Read full book review >

JOIN THE RESISTANCE by Ben Acker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"An incomplete character arc makes this outing less than satisfying. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Mattis Banz dreams of one day joining the Resistance to defeat the First Order, a looming post-Empire threat. Read full book review >
MUTANT MANTIS LUNCH LADIES! by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"'Freakity freaking freakiness!' (to quote Carlos) on a high and gleeful level. (Horror. 8-10)"
Seasoned fourth-grade monster hunters Carlos and Benny find heaping helpings of horror in the lunchroom. Read full book review >
TRICKED by Jen Calonita
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"The whimsical Grimm reboot continues. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
After her sister is arrested and hauled off to Fairy Tale Reform School, 12-year-old Gilly Cobbler seizes the opportunity to return to her alma mater only to find it changed under its new management. Read full book review >
SYDNEY MACKENZIE KNOCKS 'EM DEAD by Cindy Callaghan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A deeply flawed story of hidden history literally buried within a small white town. (author's note, recipes) (Mystery. 9-13)"
A haunted house helps Sydney make friends in a new community. Read full book review >
THE ELEPHANT'S GARDEN by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Readers who can get over the story's peculiar device will find a fine tale about the importance of keeping secrets and the dangers of greed. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Who or what is eating the best fruits in Jasmine's garden? Read full book review >
ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Teri Kanefield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A solid introduction to a charismatic founding father. (timeline, chapter notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
The contributions and eventful life of founding father Alexander Hamilton are examined and explained. Read full book review >
BIRTHDAYS by Nikki Tate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"The intended audience may find this less interesting than educators and librarians looking for program ideas; nevertheless, a useful book. (glossary, references and resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A survey of birthday customs from ancient times to today's birthday wishes on social media. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >