NIGHTBIRD by Alice Hoffman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Enchanting. (Magical realism. 9-12)"
There's a monster in Sidwell, Massachusetts, that can only be seen at night or, as Twig reveals, if passersby are near her house. Read full book review >
A DRAGON'S GUIDE TO THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HUMANS by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

" Delightful whimsy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This comedy starring a 3,000-year-old dragon and a scrappy little girl takes young readers into a fantasy world situated right next to ours. Read full book review >

THE WHISPERING TREES by J.A. White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"This title has all the ingredients—a doughty heroine and her admirable younger brother, an unreliable guide who can't stay the same age for long, and a heavy 'ick' factor—to keep readers glued to it. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
This fantasy follow-up to A Path Begins (2014) continues the story of 12-year-old Kara Westfall and her brother, Taff, who escape their village by riding the mare Shadowdancer into the surrounding Thickety. Read full book review >
ROLLER GIRL by Victoria Jamieson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Full of charm and moxie—don't let this one roll past. (Graphic fiction. 9-13)"
One summer changes everything for two 12-year-old girls whose friendship is tested when their interests—and attitudes—diverge. Read full book review >
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE NERD KIND by Jeff Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Space farce, to infinity and...well...if not beyond, then to Mars at least. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Recovering a stolen NASA spacecraft turns out to be only the beginning for Neil and his crew of gonzo video gamers. Read full book review >

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY by Elizabeth Hammill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Never mind far away, keep this collection close by. (Poetry. 1-8)"
A sumptuous multicultural collection of nursery rhymes includes art by over 70 illustrators. Read full book review >
JOHN MUIR WRESTLES A WATERFALL by Julie Danneberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A welcome addition to the modern collection of John Muir's adventures. (Internet resources, bibliography, citations) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A noted naturalist nearly loses his life exploring a waterfall. Read full book review >
MY PEN by Christopher Myers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Poignant, vulnerable, wise. (Picture book. 7-12)"
A boy describes everything his pen can do, from the literal to the metaphorical. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY COUNTING by Jerry Pallotta
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"This welcome reworking of the author's earlier Butterfly Counting Book (1998) and board book ButterflyColors and Counting (2013) offers learning opportunities galore. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
An unusual butterfly book introduces facts about the insects, portrays 24 different species, gives the word for "butterfly" in 27 languages other than English, and counts up from zero to 25. Read full book review >
THE BOY & THE BOOK by David Michael Slater
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Presented as a grand adventure, the moment when a child first learns to read is powerfully rendered in this well-made story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A nearly wordless picture book presents the "I can read" moment. Read full book review >
IN THE NEW WORLD by Gerda Raidt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"While social studies teachers and/or those of German heritage seem likely to be the most enthusiastic audience, the narrative style, informal tone and attractive artwork broaden it significantly. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
This import offers a straightforward account of the reasons why a German family immigrates to America and how they fare initially, along with a brief look at the lives of their descendants. Read full book review >
CATCH YOU LATER, TRAITOR by Avi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A thought-provoking story about suspicion, trust and a memorable pennant race from a one-time Brooklyn boy. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
How does loyalty to country, to family and to the local baseball team define one's life? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >