ACROSS A WAR-TOSSED SEA by L.M. Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Likable protagonists and a fascinating historical backdrop combine for a story well-told. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the companion to Under A War-Torn Sky (2003), 14-year-old Charles and his 10-year-old brother, Wesley, feel stranded in the United States after having fled the London Blitz. Read full book review >
BOMBS OVER BIKINI by Connie Goldsmith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A critically flawed chronicle of a significant chapter in the Cold War nuclear arms race. (source notes, glossary, further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
A brief chronicle of the nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands from 1946 until 1958, in which the U.S. military detonated 67 atom and hydrogen bombs over the region's Bikini and Enewetak atolls. Read full book review >

EYE TO EYE by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another impressive presentation from a master craftsman. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
The evolution of the eye and the surprising ways animals see the world are displayed in a thoughtfully designed and engagingly illustrated album. Read full book review >
THE STOWAWAYS by Meghan Marentette
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"In the tradition of memorable mouse heroes, the Stowaways deliver page-turning, cliffhanging, heartwarming, first-rate adventure. (map) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
An adventure-seeking mouse leaves the safety of home to search for his missing grandfather in the terrifying World Beyond, with perilous consequences. Read full book review >
MYSTERIOUS PATTERNS by Sarah C. Campbell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"For visual learners, this is a particularly accessible demonstration of an intriguing concept. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Through examples of what fractals are and what they aren't, this photo essay introduces a complex mathematical idea in a simple, inviting way. Read full book review >

TWO SPECKLED EGGS by Jennifer K. Mann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers may not look at their classmates the same again. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two opposites may not be as opposite as they imagined in Mann's look at grade school cliques and oddballs. Read full book review >
WATER CAN BE . . .  by Laura Purdie Salas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Kids of all ages will gain a new appreciation for water, and Salas and Dabija will surely gain new fans. (glossary, further resources) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
In a look at the forms, functions and uses of water, Salas and Dabija turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Read full book review >
HE HAS SHOT THE PRESIDENT! by Don Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Suitable for avid younger historians and older reluctant readers. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Traditional journalistic questions are applied to Abraham Lincoln's assassination and funeral, as well as the roundup and executions of John Wilkes Booth and his associates. Read full book review >
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers will empathize as April displays spunk and resilience in addressing her mistakes and remaining true to herself. (Fiction. 11-14)"
April's much-anticipated eighth-grade year rapidly devolves into a debacle. Read full book review >
CHASING CHEETAHS by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another winning combination of elegant design, thoughtful organization and fascinating information. (bibliography, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A trusted pair of wildlife observers introduce Namibian cheetahs and a woman who has taken on the responsibility for saving them. Read full book review >
WASHDAY by Eve Bunting
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Brad Sneed
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"An appealing snapshot of rough-hewn life that might well make kids appreciate washing machines. (Picture book. 5-8)"
It's washday. That doesn't mean putting clothes in the washing machine and turning the knob or driving to the laundromat; it's 1889, when it's the old-fashioned way of getting clothes clean. Read full book review >
THE GREAT BIG GREEN by Peggy Gifford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Two fertile imaginations grow a grand salute. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An abundantly illustrated puzzle poem provides a spectacular celebration of green in the world. Read full book review >