CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A solid exploration of a resonant musical partnership at a historically significant moment in American music. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
This married author-illustrator team (Light in the Darkness, 2013, etc.) here highlights the innovative, barrier-breaking collaboration of African-American Wilson and Jewish-American Goodman. Read full book review >
UNDERWORLD by Jane Price
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Sheds plenty of light into dark places, but best for flip-through browsing, as the tunneling goes in arbitrary directions. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A scattershot but revealing dig beneath our planet's surface, illustrated with a mix of photos and schematic cutaways. Read full book review >

ZOOBOTS by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though the premise is cool, what's delivered is too short on the shock, mind-boggling and bizarre-originality factors. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Becker introduces a handful of "zoobots," mechanical contrivances inspired by creatures from the animal kingdom. Read full book review >
JOY IN MUDVILLE by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"The old ball game is still great fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Will there ever be joy in Mudville now that mighty Casey has struck out? It is the day after that awful game, and now there is a chance for redemption. Read full book review >
LANDING ON MY FEET by Adelaide Godwin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2014

"A lightweight tale of odds overcome; too bad the unusually talkative supporting cast shoulders most of the load and shines more brightly than the supposed protagonist. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
Turning an apparently real incident into spun sugar, Godwin sends a Spanish feral cat, trapped and transported far from home, on a feline odyssey. Read full book review >

DO YOU KNOW LEECHES? by Alain M. Bergeron
Released: March 30, 2014

"Strong-stomached browsers will lap these up; budding naturalists will find better intellectual nourishment elsewhere. (glossary, index) (Graphic nonfiction. 8-10)"
A dribble of scientific information about everyone's favorite bloodsucking worm provides a Canadian cartoonist with opportunities for some rousingly icky visual commentary. Read full book review >
BATTLE OF THE BEASTS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2014

"A dark action-adventure-fantasy with surprising heart. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
House of Secrets' (2013) happy ending gives way to new problems for the Walker children, both in reality and in writer-wizard Denver Kristoff's pulpy genre-book worlds. Read full book review >
THE WINTER HORSES by Philip Kerr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2014

"A worthwhile-enough read for kids particularly interested in history and/or horses. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Kerr, well-known for his best-selling World War II thrillers for adults (A Man Without Breath, 2013, etc.), enters YA territory with a compelling but ultimately flawed tale of saving the last Przewalski's horses from Nazi invaders. Read full book review >
THE GLORKIAN WARRIOR DELIVERS A PIZZA by James Kochalka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2014

"Vibrantly weird and wonderful. (Graphic science fiction/humor. 6-10)"
The Glorkian Warrior must leave his couch and face his heroic fate: to deliver a pepperoni pizza. Read full book review >
SMASHER by Scott Bly
Released: March 25, 2014

"An unusual premise vibrates with a combination of science and magic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A robot girl transports Charlie from medieval Europe to a futuristic Los Angeles with the explanation that only he can save the world. Read full book review >
FRACTIONS IN DISGUISE by Edward Einhorn
Released: March 25, 2014

"No question—a large fraction of parents and teachers will be reaching for this. (Math picture book. 7-10)"
Not only tackling fractions, but simplifying them, this fills a need and thoroughly entertains. Read full book review >
SILVER PEOPLE by Margarita Engle
Released: March 25, 2014

"Engle's new offering contains moments of true poetic beauty, but these choices detract from an otherwise lovely, enlightening book. (author's note, selected bibliography) (Historical fiction/verse. 10-14)"
A poetic exploration of the construction of the Panama Canal. Read full book review >