THE ONLY GAME by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A lovely nod to Derek Jeter rounds out a winner of a sports novel. (Fiction. 9-13)"
In the opener of a four-book series about kids in the baseball-loving town of Walton, 12-year-old Jack Callahan struggles to square his personal sorrows with his deep love of the game. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF THE DIAMOND by Emily Arnold McCully
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Readers will root for Lizzie all the way. (author's note, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A very determined girl in turn-of-the-20th-century Rhode Island decides that she will play baseball. Read full book review >

THE HERO TWINS by Jim Kristofic
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"A thrillingly melodramatic tale kept close to its Navajo roots. (Bilingual folk tale. 7-10)"
Illustrations incorporating images drawn from traditional sand painting and pop culture alike accompany a new Navajo/English version of the early exploits of a pair of mythic heroes. Read full book review >
HERO by Sarah  Lean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A compelling, thought-provoking story about the fights and brave acts—big and small, acclaimed and unattributed—that define us. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Young Leo learns that being a hero isn't about the accolades. Read full book review >
ABE LINCOLN by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"The book quotes Lincoln as saying, 'Whatever you are, be a good one.' This team goes beyond good; they excel at making history real, enjoyable and memorable. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
From Ben Franklin: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z (2011), the dynamic duo of Schroeder and O'Brien here turn their talents to Abe Lincoln. Read full book review >

IF I HAD A TRICERATOPS by George O'Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Different dino, same goofy premise and rapturous tone. Young dog lovers will understand perfectly. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The creator of If I Had a Raptor (2014) switches out one dino-pet for another, doggier, one.Read full book review >
PEEP AND DUCKY RAINY DAY by David Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Totally in tune with toddlers, this snappy read-aloud gets it right. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rainy days are oh, so dreary, but not for Peep and Ducky. Read full book review >
COLONIAL MADNESS by Jo Whittemore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The history goes down easy, with lots of laughs. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Tori and her mom must live in the past in order to win a desperately needed inheritance. Read full book review >
ONE WITCH AT A TIME by Stacy DeKeyser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A satisfying, stand-alone sequel that will certainly send readers back to read The Brixen Witch (2012). (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Magic beans, a boy brave enough to confer with witches and a girl strong enough to defy a tyrant are the ingredients for another original tale with familiar folklore roots. Read full book review >
PAPER THINGS by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A thoughtful and moving exploration of homelessness. (Fiction. 10-14)"
There is no safety net for Ari. Read full book review >
THE NEW SMALL PERSON by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"How nice to see a familiar story made new with a family of color and a little brother as hero. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A familiar theme—a big brother feels displaced by a new baby—seems fresh in Child's latest. Read full book review >
MOONPENNY ISLAND by Tricia  Springstubb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Poetic and poignant, Springstubb's tale of friendship, loss, hope and heartache is so fresh and honest it will resonate widely. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When one of an inseparable pair of friends is sent away, the other's life turns upside down. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >