DREAMS OF FREEDOM by Amnesty International UK Section
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"With proceeds going to Amnesty International, this album provides much food for thought for those children—and adults—who take the time to contemplate its pages. (Picture book. 5-12)"
Twenty artists from around the world illustrate many aspects of the concept of "freedom," accompanying inspirational sayings from thinkers living and dead. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF LIFE by Catherine Barr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"A high-spirited lead-in to discussions of evolution's proofs and mechanisms, despite the anthropocentric view of Earth's biosphere. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Using colorful language and depicting crayon and collage creatures with wide eyes, even at the single-cell stage, this simple account retraces the history of life on Earth from "tiny floating bits" to humans. Read full book review >

THE GREAT BIG GREEN BOOK by Mary Hoffman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"Far too hard a sell for the intended audience. (glossary, websites) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Busy, colorful cartoons accompany text meant to encourage environmental activism in children. Read full book review >
PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 16, 2015

"A smart and kind story topped with just the right amount of social justice. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Kenny's dreams of superpowered heroics provide a respite from his tough school. Read full book review >
HYPNOTIZE A TIGER by Calef Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"With verse and illustrations running the gamut from creative to kooky and occasionally gross, kids should devour this entertaining collection in one sitting. (Poetry. 6-12)"
More nonsense verse from inveterate punster/illustrator Brown. Read full book review >

HOPPER'S DESTINY by Lisa Fiedler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Mouse fantasy fans will cheer brave-hearted Hopper's latest adventure. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Mouseheart (2014), warrior mouse Hopper finds himself on the streets of Brooklyn, where he discovers new allies for his efforts to bring peace to the rodents of the subway tunnels.Read full book review >
IN TODD WE TRUST by Louise Galveston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Instead of satire, readers get a zany adventure, which would be perfectly satisfactory—if it were zany enough. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This sequel to By the Grace of Todd (2014) sees the return of the title character and his acolytes.Read full book review >
THE WHISPER by Aaron Starmer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"A riveting, imaginative, disconcerting, inscrutable, unresolved sequel, guaranteed to leave readers anxious for the finale. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to The Riverman (2014), 12-year-old Alistair Cleary travels to a parallel world searching for his missing friend, Fiona.Read full book review >
WON TON AND CHOPSTICK by Lee Wardlaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"A satisfying companion to Won Ton's eponymous first outing (2011). (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Black cat Won Ton's perfect life with Boy hits a puppy of a hiccup. Read full book review >
IT'S ONLY STANLEY by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Fun—just plain fun. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Wimbledon family—mother, father, four children, a cat, and Stanley, a brilliantly inventive beagle—have a sleepless night. Read full book review >
IN MARY'S GARDEN by Carson Kügler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"A friendly chronicle of an offbeat artist. (author's note, photos) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A portrait of Wisconsin folk artist Mary Nohl (1914-2001) and her sculptures. Read full book review >
USE YOUR WORDS, SOPHIE! by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015

"Absolutely enchanting—a must-have for the new-sibling shelf. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Sophie, the spirited mouse toddler, is back—navigating sisterhood with mischief and delight. 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 >