THE KING'S DRAGON by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Just a quick side jaunt in the journey, but it's a diversion that adds further depth to a particularly well-wrought tale. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
Chantler puts his ongoing tale of magic, treachery, kidnapping and hot pursuit largely on pause to fill in some back story on the chief pursuer. Read full book review >
OPERATION FIREBALL by E.S. Farber
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"The ending sets up the next in the series, which involves another bet: Will Fish enter the one-legged whaler's haunted house—on Halloween? Go fish! (Fiction. 8-11)"
Ahoy. The three intrepid boys from Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles (2013) are back in a nautical adventure. Read full book review >

SO MUCH FOR DEMOCRACY by Kari Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A thought-provoking study of a family caught up in both political and domestic crises in a foreign land. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Title notwithstanding, historical events in Ghana remain largely offstage as a 12-year-old, recently arrived from Canada, struggles to cope with her mother's descent into a nervous breakdown. Read full book review >
TULUGAQ by Kerry McCluskey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Closer to ethnology than storytelling but still a thought-provoking glimpse of how nature and myth mix. (Folklore. 11 & up)"
A treasury of anecdotes about this smart and mysterious bird—gathered over years from residents of northern Canada and Alaska and paired to evocative photographs. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF PASSOVER by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"This book will help families get ready for Passover, but they may need to take a trip to the zoo a day or two later. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This version of the Passover story is designed for Jewish families and aspiring zoologists. Read full book review >

TOUCAN CAN! by Juliette MacIver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Read the book for its gleeful energy, but have one with antipodean animal descriptions on hand to answer questions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
There are so many things these colorful birds can do. Can you? Read full book review >
TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR by Mies van Hout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Most songbooks fall into two categories: either a traditional picture book with one song or a big volume with an assortment of songs. This effort hits a nice in-between note. (Picture book/songbook. 2-6)"
Twelve children's songs are presented in this picture book with accompanying CD. Read full book review >
THE GEESE MARCH IN STEP by Jean-François Dumont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A jazzy, eye-catching take on the ancient beat of the distant drummer. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Zita, an innocently precocious gosling, can't find common ground with the tradition of marching in step down to the pond in the morning. Read full book review >
MYSTERY ON MUSEUM MILE by Marcia Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A sure pleaser for Cam Jansen grads or anyone fond of knotty, lightweight capers solved with brainpower (and a little luck). (Mystery. 9-11)"
A photographic memory and a best bud with OCD help a young sleuth nab a gang of art thieves in this effervescent debut. Read full book review >
TYRANNOSAURUS WRECKS! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Along with the pleasure of pronouncing those multisyllabic dino names, young audiences may find food for thought in the behavioral dynamics on display. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Primary socialization and cooperation in action—with dinosaurs, and no grown-ups in sight. Read full book review >
IMMORTAL MAX by Lutricia Clifton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Pleasant if imperfect, a treat for dog lovers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Will a boy's dream of owning a puppy ever come true? Read full book review >
PETAL AND POPPY by Lisa Clough
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

An elephant and a rhino can't see eye to eye, but they eventually find a helpful middle ground.

Petal, a wide-eyed elephant sporting a flowery hat and cheery heart-printed dress, is thrilled her friend Poppy is not around so she can practice her tuba. Read full book review >