MATYLDA, BRIGHT AND TENDER by Holly M. McGhee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A bright and tender novel of love, loss, and survival. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After losing her best friend, a little girl tries to hold on to him by transferring her affection to the pet lizard they shared in picture-book author Hallie Durand's first novel. Read full book review >
THE ALPHABET THIEF by Bill Richardson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"While the larger format of the similarly themed Take Away the A, by Michaël Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo (2014), is more suitable for group sharing, this sneaky romp will do well one-on-one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In rhyming text, this nontraditional alphabet book playfully depicts a thief in the act of stealing the letters of the alphabet from A to Z. Read full book review >

IN DARKLING WOOD by Emma Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Carroll is becoming well-known in her native England; this book should win her American fans. (Fiction. 10-16)"
A modern Gothic tale of fairies, fractured families, and healing. Read full book review >
STINKY SPIKE THE PIRATE DOG by Peter Meisel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Cast off, me hearties, and meet a dog that brings both the yo ho hos and the nose. (Adventure. 7-9)"
A pungent pup must prove his worth to a bumbling piratical crew. Read full book review >
BROBARIANS by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Good and campy and a fine opportunity for vocabulary building. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two brothers, two great warriors—two brobarians!—engage in an epic backyard battle, until the "magic that ruled all" (aka mother) calls them in. Read full book review >

MARTINA & CHRISSIE by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A fine sports story. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A picture-book introduction to tennis greats Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Read full book review >
HELLO, UNIVERSE by Erin Entrada Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"An original and resonant exploration of interconnectedness and friendship. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The lives of several middle school children intersect one summer day, as if by fate. Read full book review >
TREES by Lemniscates
by Lemniscates, illustrated by Lemniscates
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"This peaceful and attractive offering will encourage young children and their caregivers to take a new look at a part of the landscape often taken for granted. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Elegant illustrations and a subtle, heartwarming environmental message elevate this picture book above the plethora of more conventional nature books for young children. Read full book review >
BIRD, BALLOON, BEAR by Il Sung Na
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"As simple and soft as a hug—and as reassuring. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bird's new in the forest, and as much as he'd like to befriend Bear, he never quite gets up the courage to say hello. Read full book review >
LIGHTER THAN AIR by Matthew Clark Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A beautifully told story of a young woman with lofty aspirations. (illustrator's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A fascination with hot air balloons has hit late-18th-century Paris, and young Sophie Armant dreams of joining those bold aeronauts. Read full book review >
EVEN SUPERHEROES HAVE TO SLEEP by Sara Crowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A nonessential addition to the evening storytime stack. (Picture book. 3-5) "
Everybody needs to sleep. Read full book review >
WHEN MY SISTER STARTED KISSING by Helen Frost
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Frost pulls out all the stops in this heartwarming tale of family in the remaking: everything a novel-in-poems should be. (Verse fiction. 10-16)"
A young girl and her sister share a pivotal summer at the lake with their family. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >