DEFENDER OF THE REALM by Mark Huckerby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"A thrilling mashup of history and fantasy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A reluctant heir to the throne learns that the king of England's job is more dangerous and fantastic than he imagined. Read full book review >
MOSQUITOES CAN'T BITE NINJAS by Jordan P. Novak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Pass. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mosquito doesn't stand a chance against a ninja. Read full book review >

JAKE THE FAKE KEEPS IT REAL by Craig Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"A fast and funny alternative to the Wimpy Kid. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Black sixth-grader Jake Liston can only play one song on the piano. He can't read music very well, and he can't improvise. So how did Jake get accepted to the Music and Art Academy? He faked it. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING'S CHANGED by Julie Sternberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"An urban story that explores the universal themes of integrity, trust, and respect in relationships. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A 10-year-old girl copes with a family move as well as challenges with both new and old friends in this third book about Celie Valentine. Read full book review >
MAISY GOES TO THE LOCAL BOOKSTORE by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Perky support aimed at young kids in the age of Amazon. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The upbeat little mouse treads familiar ground in the search for literary gold. Read full book review >

JOHN DEERE, THAT'S WHO! by Tracy Nelson Maurer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"An informative look at an inventor and his invention's impact. (glossary, additional facts, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
In 1836, John Deere—then a young, white Vermont father and blacksmith—moved to Illinois to settle debts brought on by two forge fires—and wound up inventing a superior plow. Read full book review >
REFORMED by Justin Weinberger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"A pale imitation of Gordon Korman's best. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Will Ian's friendships survive bully school? Will he survive? Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR BIRDS! by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"All in all, it's a great way to introduce bird behavior without lecturing—young children will feel like hopping, pecking, and soaring with these exuberant feathered friends. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An exuberant celebration of birds of all kinds—mostly recognizable species (chicken, flamingo, swan, parrot, starling, penguin, ostrich, peacock) but some imaginary. Read full book review >
PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE by Laura Amy Schlitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"A clever tale packed with wry wit and charming illustrations. (Illustrated fantasy. 6-9)"
Princess Cora, tired of her young life as a queen-in-training, asks her fairy godmother for a pet—with unexpected results. Read full book review >
RAIN by Sam Usher
Kirkus Star
by Sam Usher, illustrated by Sam Usher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Bright, colorful joy for the rainiest of days. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Seeing the window beaded with morning raindrops, the white child narrator can't wait to get out into the wet, but Granddad says they should wait until the weather clears. Read full book review >
PEDAL POWER by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"Drummond rolls along with another successful story of environmental change. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Pedal-power protests in the 1970s turned Amsterdam into "the capital city of cycling." Read full book review >
RAISIN, THE LITTLEST COW by Miriam Busch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"One to add to the new-baby shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Raisin's tiny bovine nose is out of joint when her new baby brother arrives. 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 >