PIECES AND PLAYERS by Blue Balliett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Brain-teasing adventure for thinking kids. (author's notes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old amateur sleuths and best friends Tommy Segovia, Calder Pillay and Petra Andalee join forces with two new junior detectives to tackle a shocking art robbery at a Chicago museum in this sequel to The Calder Game (2010).Read full book review >
THE BEST FRIEND BATTLE  by Lindsay Eyre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"A good read-aloud for second grade or an independent read for a third grader. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Nine-year-old Sylvie Scruggs becomes obsessed with the notion that she must provide her best friend, Miranda Tan, with a birthday present superior to the one given by Sylvie's baseball rival, Georgie Diaz. Read full book review >

THE GIRL WITH THE GLASS BIRD by Esme Kerr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"A fine mystery that will keep readers engaged until the final, scary reveal—and leave them eager for the next volume in the series. (Mystery. 11-14)"
After watching her vicious cousin kill her pet goldfish—and cook it!—orphan Edie is more than willing to be sent to a girls' boarding school to act as a spy. Read full book review >
THE SWEETEST HEIST IN HISTORY by Octavia Spencer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Good sleuthing fun supported by compelling character arcs. (spy tips, crafts, recipes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
Deer Creek's middle school ninja detectives of The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (2013) take on crime in New York City. Read full book review >
THE LOST TRACK OF TIME by Paige Britt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Not as masterful as Juster's genre-defining work but enjoyable on many levels. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
An overscheduled girl falls into a hole in her schedule in Britt's whimsical debut. Read full book review >

MILLIE'S CHICKENS by Brenda Williams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"An equally sweet companion to Laurie Krebs and Cis' The Beeman (2008), though young children (and their parents) with a yen to raise poultry for pets or other purposes will be better off with a conventional manual. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a tale with a warm tone and an instructional bent, a suburban child tenderly tends a rooster, a trio of hens and their hatchlings in her backyard. Read full book review >
DOG EAT DOG by Jake Marcionette
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Jake Mathews' 'AWESOMENESS' is legit, and fans will be clamoring for more. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Wunderkind Marcionette returns with another tale about his gifted preteen, Just Jake (2014). Read full book review >
COLORS by Sarah Ward
by Sarah Ward, illustrated by Sarah Ward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"A nifty, hardworking introduction to the world of color. (Board book. 6-18 mos.)"
The colors of the rainbow are explored in this multisensory book. Read full book review >
SUCH A LITTLE MOUSE by Alice Schertle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Perfectly charming. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Four seasons, as seen through the eyes of a country mouse. Read full book review >
MADAME SONIA DELAUNAY by Gérard Lo Monaco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Children who want to know more (i.e., anything) about Delaunay's life or artistic context will have to look elsewhere, but this bonbon should leave a taste for further enquiry. (thumbnail index includes media and locations) (Pop-up art book. 6-10)"
This small but fulsome tribute to the underrecognized artist/designer pairs pop-up versions of many of her semiabstract works with fanciful interpretive notes. Read full book review >
GET MOONED by Chris Pallace
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 30, 2015

"Those in search of a humorous, high-interest title that will especially appeal to boys need look no further—and a projected sequel will continue the madcap adventures. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Meet Joey and Johnny—two students at Kick Foot Academy, "the world's premier ninja school," who are as irreverent, bumbling and hilarious as they come. Read full book review >
SURVIVING BEAR ISLAND by Paul Greci
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2015

"Bear Island is a challenging environment to survive but a terrific thrill on the page. (Adventure. 9-14)"
A fateful kayaking trip forces Tom to grow up fast while he faces dangers he only ever dreamed about. 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 >