PINSTRIPE PRIDE by Marty Appel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"An enormous home run. (foreword, statistics, reading list, index) (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
The action-packed saga of the New York Yankees is recounted for young readers by an author who knows the team well. Read full book review >
K-9 by Rohan Gavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A teeth-gnashing thriller more macabre than its predecessor, it will have readers (ahem) howling for a third. (Mystery. 10-14)"
The second in the Knightley and Son series gets a little darker, offering more bite, tragedy and paternal dysfunction, as well as respectable levels of gore. Read full book review >

AWESOME ORIGINS by Chris Giarrusso
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Formulaic, built on well-worn tropes and replete with cheap jabs at grown-ups—destined, in other words, to be an easy sell. (afterword) (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 9-11)"
Spun off from Giarrusso's G-Man comics series, a wannabe superhero's journal assignment records epic triumphs along with a catalog of middle-grade woes. Read full book review >
MARS EVACUEES by Sophia McDougall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"The strange pacing sometimes makes the book feel unbalanced, but the action sequences are worth the wait. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
In a future in which alien intervention has drastically reversed global warming, British schoolgirl Alice Dare discovers that, instead of beginning a new semester at Muckling Abbot School for Girls, she's been drafted into basic training on Mars, fighting the enemies of the human race. Read full book review >
THE BABY SWAP by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A fine title to add, not swap, to the new-baby shelf. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Inspired by her mother's shopping trip to exchange a hat, Caroline Crocodile tries to swap her baby brother, only to discover that he's just right, after all. Read full book review >

A SURPRISE FOR GIRAFFE AND ELEPHANT by Paul Gude
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Readers can't help but feel lifted after spending time with these two companions. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The welcome return of odd-couple pals Elephant and Giraffe (When Elephant Met Giraffe, 2014).Read full book review >
WOLFIE THE BUNNY by Ame Dyckman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Add to the growing collection of sibling stories, adoptive and otherwise, that delight and instruct. (artist's note, author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tongue-in-cheek tale of a wolf in Bunny clothing. Read full book review >
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 >
TIARA SAURUS REX by Brianna Caplan Sayres
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Though well-intentioned, ultimately this book has about as much depth as your average beauty pageant. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gently rhyming text recounts one dinosaur's dream of sweeping away her beauty-pageant competition. Read full book review >
THE THING ABOUT SPRING by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Although the underlying idea is that resistance to change is normal—and acceptance of change is healthy—an easier sell would have been an animal who dreaded the cold and dark of winter. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rabbit is apprehensive about winter turning to spring, and his friends Mouse, Bird and Bear help convince him that spring is equally wonderful. 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 YES by Sarah Bee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Comforting and full of encouragement, this may be just the selection for adults or children struggling with fear and self-doubt. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Can one large Yes conquer a swarm of Nos? 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 >