FLUNKED by Jen Calonita
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"For a more enjoyable spin across similar territory (though without the petty crime), try Shannon Hale's The Storybook of Legends (2013) instead. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When 12-year-old Gilly, eldest daughter of the shoemaker, is caught with stolen goods, she is sent to Fairy Tale Reform School for rehabilitation. Read full book review >
LOST BOY by Tim Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Those who appreciate consistency are the most likely to welcome Green's latest. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Life for Ryder and his mother isn't perfect, but they manage by facing the world together, until a freak accident leaves Ryder alone with a lot of problems. Read full book review >

EGG by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Appealing, accessible and accurate, this is another admirable creation. (additional reading) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
With their characteristic design and choice of intriguing details, this prolific author-illustrator pair introduces "nature's perfect package": the egg. Read full book review >
FOOTER DAVIS PROBABLY IS CRAZY by Susan Vaught
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A sensitive, suspenseful mystery that deftly navigates the uncertainty of mental illness. (Mystery. 10-12)"
"I was so far from normal, it wasn't even funny—except, of course, when it was," remarks Footer Davis, establishing the tone for an investigation into missing kids and parental mental illness. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE VANISHING EMERALD by Holly Webb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though it's a tad formulaic, Maisie's second mystery offers middle-grade readers colorful characters, a theatrical setting and a plucky heroine. (Mystery. 9-12)"
"Naturally nosy," Maisie Hitchins reprises her role as amateur detective in The Case of the Stolen Sixpence (2014) to tackle the disappearance of a priceless emerald necklace from a London theater.Read full book review >

WINNIE & WALDORF by Kati Hites
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"As characters, Winnie and Waldorf are a winning pair, but Winnie's unfortunate choice of costume reflects a sadly out-of-step approach to cultural understanding. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl named Winnie narrates a story about humorous interactions with her huge dog, Waldorf. Read full book review >
MY WILDERNESS by Claudia McGehee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A taste of wilderness of yore to whet the appetites of future fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louise Erdrich and Kirkpatrick Hill. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
"When I was nine years old, I lived one winter on Fox Island, with my father, an old trapper named Olson, six blue fox, a family of angora goats, and Squirlie. This is what happened." Read full book review >
TERMINAL by Kathy Reichs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A worthy coda to a gripping multivolume adventure. (Thriller. 9-12)"
The final installment of mother-and-son Virals series finds Tory and her friends at a turning point: If they don't take action soon, their world will change beyond their control. Read full book review >
POWER DOWN, LITTLE ROBOT by Anna Staniszewski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Riddled with robotic terms, this bedtime story is clearly one-note, but it's still charming enough to earn fans of all youngsters who engage in bedtime battles. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This little red robot will do anything to avoid going to sleep. Read full book review >
GUS by Olivier Dunrea
by Olivier Dunrea, illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Good to meet you, Gus. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gus is a welcome addition to the Gossie & Friends series. Read full book review >
GEMMA & GUS by Olivier Dunrea
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A just plain ducky addition to this excellent picture-book series. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gosling siblings explore their world in this latest offering from Dunrea's Gossie & Friends series. Read full book review >
FLOWERS ARE CALLING by Rita Gray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"Although it has some textual flaws, this quiet, introspective work beckons readers to keenly observe. (fact page, website) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Verse alternates with facts about pollinators, depicted with their preferred flowering plants. 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 >