WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORWOOD by Shawn Sheehy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"An auspicious debut, imparting a worthy message in playful language and harmonious, sophisticated paper design. (Informational pop-up book. 6-9)"
Seven big, multileveled pop-up versions of animal-built homes or other structures highlight nature's interconnectedness. Read full book review >
I SEE A PATTERN HERE by Bruce Goldstone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A solid resource for both introducing and reinforcing patterns. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Goldstone tackles slides, turns, flips and folds in his latest, a look at patterning. Read full book review >

TRICKY VIC by Greg Pizzoli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"An appealingly colorful, deadpan account of a remarkably audacious and creative criminal. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Geisel winner Pizzoli turns from early readers to biography with this story of a consummate 20th-century con man. Read full book review >
GREAT BALL OF LIGHT by Evan Kuhlman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Eerie and hopeful: family tragedy and reconciliation wrapped in a zombie encounter. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
When a lightning strike near the dead maple tree seems to produce a ball of lightning, Fiona and her twin are certain something extraordinary is at hand. Read full book review >
BLUE BIRDS by Caroline Starr Rose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Fans of Karen Hesse and the author's May B. (2012) will delight in this offering. (author's note) (Historical fiction/verse. 10-13)"
Rose's novel in verse explores the mystery of the Lost Colony. Read full book review >

TRAGEDY AT THE TRIANGLE by Mary Kate Doman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 9, 2015

"A roughly stitched-up alternative to Deborah Hopkinson's more developed and informative hybrid, Hear My Sorrow (2004). (index) (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
A large section of period photos complements a partly fictional account of the 1911 New York City fire that killed 146 factory workers. Read full book review >
HOW TO DRAW WITH YOUR FUNNY BONE by Elwood H. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Smith's pictures are always good for a hoot, though tyros will get a truer start from Ed Emberley's classic manuals. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Sage instruction for would-be cartoonists from a veteran, self-billed "Trained Professional Artist." Read full book review >
CANNED AND CRUSHED by Bibi Belford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Overstuffed, as many first novels are, but fitted with an admirable, funny protagonist. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In this never-a-dull-moment debut, pride and stubborn enterprise carry a brash young immigrant through both school and family troubles, as well as embarrassing errors in judgment. Read full book review >
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL... by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A well-traveled premise, but like all of its ilk, a fertile source of inspiration for similarly dilatory students. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In the grand tradition of John Burningham's John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the Boy Who Was Always Late (1987), a tardy lad spins exciting if unlikely excuses to a skeptical teacher.Read full book review >
Released: March 3, 2015

"Salutary portraits in radicalism. (Collective biography. 11-14)"
A gallery of historical troublemakers starting with Hannibal and ending with Martin Luther King, Jr. Read full book review >
BUG DETECTIVE by Maggie Li
by Maggie Li, illustrated by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"For readers who can get beyond the use of the generic 'bug,' this could be an engaging invitation to explore the world of small creatures. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Curious facts about familiar invertebrates are packaged with a magnifying glass for extended observations. Read full book review >
COMPLETELY CLEMENTINE by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though looser in weave than previous appearances, still this provides the emotional honesty readers have come to expect. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Antic third-grader Clementine faces her biggest challenge yet: looming change. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >