EMMA AND THE WHALE by Julie Case
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A well-intentioned effort from a debut author, this does not rise above the plethora of existing tales about whales—beached, biblical, or bellicose. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Emma lives near the sea, where she enjoys beachcombing and playing with her dog, Nemo. Read full book review >
I WANT TO GROW by Ged Adamson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Modest but sweet. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little green monster is frustrated that his best friend keeps getting taller while he stays the same. Read full book review >

FOREVER, OR A LONG, LONG TIME by Caela Carter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Poetic and meditative, this emotionally enthralling novel undresses assumptions with purpose and hope. (Fiction 8-12)"
Flora and Julian are a team. They have to be: after moving from foster home to foster home, the only permanence is in each other. Read full book review >
PAYBACK by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Action-packed, high-speed fun. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In this trilogy closer, the four escaped clones from Project Osiris are still on the run, trying to avoid capture, discover the truth behind their criminal origins, and rescue the rest of the clones from the clutches of the evil Dr. Hammerstrom. Read full book review >
FEATHERS AND HAIR, WHAT ANIMALS WEAR by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"The artwork is spectacular, but its factual content is not so well-presented. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
Sparse, rhyming text and lush collages impart elementary facts about different animals' body coverings. Read full book review >

FEEL THE BEAT by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Though some poems fall flat, overall it's an effective introduction to the merriment of dance enjoyed by diverse cultures the world over. (notes) (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
Singer explores diverse dance styles through poetry. Read full book review >
IZZY KLINE HAS BUTTERFLIES by Beth Ain
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Light, bright, and believable, just right for young middle graders. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Small moments, both good and bad, characterize Izzy Kline's fourth-grade year, the year she finds a new best friend. Read full book review >
HOW TO OUTSMART A BILLION ROBOT BEES by Paul Tobin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Fans of How to Capture an Invisible Cat (2015) will find an agreeable extension of its high jinks. (Science fantasy. 8-12)"
Having "stabilized Nothingness" with gravity waves, supergenius Nate Bannister has created an Infinite Engine, and the nefarious Red Death Tea Society is naturally out to get it. Read full book review >
EFFIE STARR ZOOK HAS ONE MORE QUESTION by Martha Freeman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A light-feeling read that effectively delves dark depths. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-13)"
What begins as a relaxing summer finds middle schooler Effie discovering proverbial skeletons in her family's closet, er…shed. Read full book review >
MY VALLEY by Claude Ponti
Kirkus Star
by Claude Ponti, illustrated by Claude Ponti, translated by Alyson Waters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"Like Poochie-Blue, visitors to the valley will be in no hurry to leave. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A mix of comical vignettes and broad vistas illustrates an account of the lives and misadventures of a clan of tiny Twims. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT, NUMBERS by Danica McKellar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"The joys of counting combine with pretty art and homage to Goodnight Moon. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This bedtime book offers simple rhymes, celebrates the numbers one through 10, and encourages the counting of objects. Read full book review >
CAVERN OF SECRETS by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"The nail-biting adventure, relevant moral dilemmas, and complex characters will leave readers eager for the final installment. (map) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Forest of Wonders (2016), hero Raffa applies his apothecary skills to thwart the Chancellor of Obsidia's malevolent plot to treat wild animals with botanicals and use them against her own people. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >