GOOD MORNING, GRUMPLE by Victoria Allenby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 22, 2017

"While the relationship between parent and child is a lovely, loving one, this book doesn't do much that isn't being done elsewhere. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The grumple of the title is a small, white-furred animal with a bushy black tail and ears, dressed in pajamas. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN PUG by Laura James
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Just the ticket for children transitioning to chapters. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Pug and Lady Miranda have a seafaring adventure…in a manner of speaking. Read full book review >

BIG & LITTLE QUESTIONS by Julie Bowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Appealing as a story of school and friendship as well as family. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Wren's school year is off to a rocky start after a summer turned upside down by her parents' divorce. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON DANCE by Lou Kuenzler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Feisty, compassionate, and independently minded—Princess DisGrace comes into her own. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
In her second term at Tall Towers Princess Academy, Princess Grace bucks the rules and tackles adventures. Read full book review >
MY PET HUMAN TAKES CENTER STAGE by Yasmine Surovec
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Sure to please newly independent readers who are pussycat pals. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 6-9)"
What is this "school" place little humans go to? Don't they realize their feline owners are more important? Read full book review >

TURTLE TUG TO THE RESCUE by Michael Slack
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"A role model for all, levelheaded Turtle Tug keeps his cool even in times of danger. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The third installment of Slack's wildly inventive animal/rescue-vehicle hybrids (Monkey Truck, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
JOHN RONALD'S DRAGONS by Caroline McAlister
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Since the likeliest audience for this is kids who have seen the Hobbit films, it's a good reminder that the book came first. (afterword, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The story of a boy who dreamed of dragons and found a way to bring them to life. Read full book review >
STAND UP AND SING! by Susanna Reich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"While not a comprehensive treatment of Seeger's life, this is an excellent introduction; read and sing along—loudly. (author's note, quotation sources, selected sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
In the world of American folk music, Pete Seeger stood tall and proud in his unflinching, lifelong commitment to human rights and dignity. Read full book review >
MISS ELLICOTT'S SCHOOL FOR THE MAGICALLY MINDED by Sage Blackwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Chantel is a magical heroine to be celebrated, deportment notwithstanding. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
Owl's bowels! Someone's kidnapped the sorceresses of Lightning Pass! Read full book review >
WHO WANTS TO BE A PRINCESS? by Bridget Heos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"An unconvincing attempt to contrast fantasy with historical reality. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Text and Disney-esque artwork contrast the "typical" fairy-tale princess's way of life and that of a real (though fictional) princess in medieval Europe. Read full book review >
I AM (NOT) SCARED by Anna Kang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"A deft foray into facing fears and overcoming them—told with both understanding and humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What can scare two bears? Read full book review >
I DON'T DRAW, I COLOR! by Adam Lehrhaupt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Nothing new—and more discouraging than most, to boot. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A small child colors instead of drawing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >