THE DARK WILD by Piers Torday
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Somber and urgent eco-fantasy, understated and tender. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In a darkening city, with only a few human, animal and insect allies, Kester toils to avert corporate violence and an animal uprising. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR UNICORNS by Beth Hautala
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Written by an author to watch, this quiet story of loss and healing will appeal to thoughtful readers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
During a summer spent in the Artic, 12-year-old Talia McQuinn experiences the healing power of place and of stories. Read full book review >

THE EYE OF THE FALCON by Michelle Paver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"A lush and riveting journey. (Historical fantasy. 8-12)"
The epic Bronze Age adventure begun in Gods and Warriors (2012) continues in this third volume as two heroes must face terrible obstacles in their quest to find their loved ones. Read full book review >
STORY THIEVES by James Riley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A droll and clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation. (Fantasy. 10-12)
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The fourth wall suffers major breaches as young characters from a popular fantasy series and the "real real world" join forces to battle threats in both. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR SUPER by Marion Jensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Like its predecessor, a satisfying, Incredibles-style mix of awesome exploits and common family issues. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Deprived of superpowers in the previous episode (Almost Super, 2014), can the Bailey and Johnson clans put aside their squabbles to tackle their common nemesis, the Joneses?Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF STORMS by Ruth Hatfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2015

"A powerfully conceived and executed story that adds a wholly original element to the fantasy genre. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Confident storytelling lays a solid foundation for Book 1 of this original middle-grade fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >
LEIF'S JOURNEY by Terry Hokenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"Readers of the genre will savor this immersive and ultimately satisfying tale of coming of age on the American prairie. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Leif, just coming into manhood on the northern prairie of Minnesota in 1881, must either find a way to make peace with his often angry father or leave the farm forever, as his older siblings have chosen to do. Read full book review >
28 DAYS by Charles R. Smith Jr.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A stellar achievement for the whole year—not just its shortest month. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Three pivotal Supreme Court cases, one amendment, and 25 great men and women make for memorable entries. Read full book review >
THE TERRIBLE TWO by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Fluffy, fast, fun reading for fans of Clueless McGee and the Wimpy Kid. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Miles used to live near the sea. Miles had friends. Miles was his school's greatest prankster...how will he survive a move to Yawnee Valley? Read full book review >
RAT RUNNERS by Oisín McGann
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Who cares if the teens' escapades and escapes seem a little too convenient to be fully plausible; it's all about suspense and action. (Dystopian thriller. 11-18)"
Nimmo, Manikin, Manikin's younger brother, FX, and Scope, all rat runners who live outside the constraints of their controlling government, inhabit an edgy, believably depicted dystopian version of London. Read full book review >
WHALE TRAILS, BEFORE AND NOW by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This inventive look at maritime history has significant modern child appeal. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
The young first mate on the Cuffee sightseeing boat, descendant of generations of men who worked whaling ships, compares whaling long ago with a whale-watching excursion today.Read full book review >
A VIOLIN FOR ELVA by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though putting off a dream for decades is a foreign idea to most children, they should respond to the lilt of the words and the energy and charm of the pictures. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A long-deferred dream of music comes true. 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 >