MONTY'S MAGNIFICENT MANE by Gemma O'Neill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The tried-and-true fable about curbing vanity and appreciating friends enjoys a fresh touch with these ebullient African animals. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A lion named Monty is so proud of his mane that he nearly causes disaster for himself and his little meerkat friends. Read full book review >
BEARS AND A BIRTHDAY by Shirley Parenteau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Preschoolers will enjoy this very festive celebration. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Get ready for a very special party! Read full book review >

I DON'T WANT TO BE A FROG by Dev Petty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A lively look at self-acceptance. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tiny frog desperately wishes to be any other animal. Read full book review >
THE SECRET CIPHER by Whitaker Ringwald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Suspense, humor and sparkling narrative voices combine to deliver an engaging adventure. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Book 2 in the middle-grade Secret Box mystery series (The Secret Box, 2014).Read full book review >
COUNT WITH MAISY, CHEEP, CHEEP, CHEEP! by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A book that doesn't take any 'cheep' shots at the material. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Barnyard antics combine with flaps and basic counting skills in this, the latest of Maisy's adventures. Read full book review >

OTTO THE OWL WHO LOVED POETRY by Vern Kousky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Simple and clearly told, with a wonderfully engaging protagonist. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
A poetically inclined owl learns to accept his calling. Read full book review >
MARK OF THE THIEF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The fast-paced, ingenious plot, charismatic hero and highly diverse cast of characters—including the ancient, eternal city itself—make this series opener a captivating joy ride. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Compelled by an ambitious general to retrieve an amulet from Julius Caesar's treasure, long hidden in a mine outside Rome, Nic—a slave with attitude—more than succeeds, upending his life and escalating conflict among the power brokers of imperial Rome. Read full book review >
YETI AND THE BIRD by Nadia Shireen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Striking visuals that combine compelling use of shape, page design and color successfully carry this version of an oft-told story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A picture book about an unexpected friendship. Read full book review >
LUCKY STRIKE by Bobbie Pyron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Amusing, endearing and sometimes even electrifying. (Magical realism. 9-12)"
Could it ever be lucky to be struck by lightning? Read full book review >
MESMERIZED by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Rockliff and Bruno's playful approach buoys solid science and history. (author's note, sources) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Ben Franklin's several years in France during the American Revolution included an occasion on which he consulted on a scientific matter for the French king. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED'S RIDING 'HOOD by Peter Stein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Vehicle-crazed children will surely love their favorite tales better with a little grease and lots of burning rubber. (Fractured fairy tale. 3-6)"
A revved-up and souped-up version of the classic tale for vehicle lovers. Read full book review >
HALF A MAN by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A sorrowful yet ultimately redeeming tale. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A grandson's loving homage to his war-scarred grandfather. 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 >