BIG STAR OTTO by Bill Slavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"For devotees of Asterix and perhaps Tintin, but not for everyone. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Otto's in Hollywood, but he doesn't care about stardom; he wants his best friend, Georgie. Read full book review >
NOISY BIRD SING-ALONG by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"For fostering nature awareness, this is a welcome companion to the author's previous titles about noisy bugs and noisy frogs. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A say-along, sing-along invitation introduces the art of birding by ear through simple, recognizable bird songs and sounds and, mostly, familiar birds. Read full book review >

A ROCK CAN BE by Laura Purdie Salas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The economy of language and breadth of imagination suggests a broad audience for this wide-ranging and inventive exploration. (glossary, further reading) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
"A rock is a rock," but it can be so much more. Read full book review >
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Nicholas Oldland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Another fine lesson couched in a tale that never becomes didactic. (Picture book. 3-9)"
More Life in the Wild from Canadian Oldland (Up the Creek, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S SHADOW by Cybèle  Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Wonderfully odd and cleverly informative. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
When a queen, looking severe in her ball gown, suddenly misses her shadow at her own ball, the visual capabilities of her guests are put to the test in this mystery infused with natural science. Read full book review >

THE WREN AND THE SPARROW by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A lyrical look at a horrific time; an appeal to the necessity of remembering. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-10)"
An old man called the Wren because of the beautiful music he makes must give up his beloved instrument during the Nazi occupation of his Polish town. Read full book review >
THE RED BICYCLE by Jude Isabella
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Well-meant but more didactic than entertaining. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
When Leo outgrows his beloved red bicycle, he sends it to Burkina Faso, where it takes on new lives. Read full book review >
THE NITTY-GRITTY GARDENING BOOK by Kari Cornell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Shortcomings aside, garden projects for preteens are always welcome, and Cornell includes excellent resources for further endeavors. (glossary, bibliography, websites, sources for supplies, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Cornell presents gardening basics and a dozen projects, arranged by season. Read full book review >
SECRETS BENEATH THE SEA by Janet Gurtler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A new underwater series for fans of My Little Pony and like uncomplicated fare. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Three young mermaids work hard to keep their friendships strong against a tidal wave of drama, secrets and envy. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE SLIME STAMPEDE by Liam O’Donnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Young readers will slurp up the gumshoes' gooey first exploit with relish. And perhaps a few choco-slug cookies. (Mystery/fantasy. 9-11)"
The game's afoot (so to speak) for two amateur sleuths when slime monsters belonging to the school custodian go on a rampage. Read full book review >
DINO-MIKE AND THE T. REX ATTACK by Franco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Like Sam with those hot dogs, readers eager to snap up any dino-story will make quick work of this tongue-in-cheek romp. (Science fiction. 8-10)"
The appearance of a live T. Rex near a fossil dig kicks off a wild round of dino-antics in this series kickoff from an Eisner Award-winning comics writer. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB by Linda Joy Singleton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Although readers may have to push through the slow-moving middle, this enjoyable mystery has a satisfying ending and a neatly calibrated level of suspense for middle school readers. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Three children from disparate social groups at middle school team up to solve a mystery, becoming friends in the process, in this series kickoff. 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 >