BROTHER HUGO AND THE BEAR by Katy Beebe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2014

"This accurate (if abbreviated) delineation of the process of medieval manuscript bookmaking shines thanks to the fey twist of ursine longing for the written word. (glossary, author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Prepare to be charmed by a bear who loves words—or at least loves to eat them. Read full book review >
UNCERTAIN GLORY by Lea Wait
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2014

"A worthy and entertaining trip back through time. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Joe runs his own newspaper, quite an accomplishment for a 14-year-old, even in 1861. With the Civil War beginning and a young spiritualist in town, he's got lots to write about. Read full book review >

LONG LIVE THE SUICIDE KING by Aaron Michael Ritchey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"A compelling tale of teenage depression handled with humor and sensitivity."
In Ritchey's (The Never Prayer, 2012) powerful YA novel, a teenage boy flirts with death as he struggles to find meaning in life. Read full book review >
UNDERPANTS DANCE by Marlena Zapf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"These unmentionables are ready for their close-up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When it comes to prancing about in your undies, the mortification of an older sibling is just the icing on an already yummy cake. Read full book review >
HOPPER AND WILSON FETCH A STAR by Maria van Lieshout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"An amusingly absurd adventure that shines starlight on empathy and friendship. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hopper and Wilson, two stitched-up, stuffed toys (an elephant and a mouse), sit on their dock with their pet cactus looking at the stars and decide to bring one home for a night light.  Read full book review >

ICE WHALE by Jean Craighead George
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"A fitting envoi for a writer whose most enduring tales of nature and survival are required childhood reading. (map, whale portrait) (Adventure. 10-13)"
George's last novel, completed by her sons Twig and Craig, traces a 200-year cycle of devastation, change and recovery in Arctic waters. Read full book review >
MAGGI AND MILO by Juli Brenning
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"Move over Ladybug Girl (2008), there's a new spunky gal-and-canine twosome in town. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What do you need for a frog hunt? Big polka-dot boots, a book about frogs and one giant border collie best friend. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF TY by Lauren Myracle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"A so-so read for the second-grade set. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Ty is back, and he's a little nervous about his latest class project: to practice random acts of kindness and then recite them to the class at the end of the week. After all, how can you "do random acts of kindness on purpose?" Read full book review >
A MOM FOR UMANDE by Maria Faulconer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"Not only a special adoption story, but also a heartwarming look at the human-animal relationship. (note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
At the center of this tale based on a true story is an adorable baby gorilla whose mother does not know how to take care of him. Read full book review >
FOLLOWING PAPA'S SONG by Gianna Marino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"This beautifully executed book about the bond between father and child that can be as deep as the darkest sea and powerful enough to help navigate in times of trouble will resonate with readers both young and old. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young whale awaits the call for his first migration with a mix of concern and anticipation, but Papa's strong reassuring presence and sage advice make for an exhilarating journey. Read full book review >
THE ILLUMINATED FOREST by Edwin Fontanez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"If pared down to its essential storyline, this heartfelt tale of a young boy's pain and reluctance to make connections could form an instructive, charming story for younger readers."
In Fontánez's (On this Beautiful Island, 2004, etc.) illustrated novel, Mateo, a troubled young boy reared in Puerto Rico, returns briefly, but eventfully, to his grandparents' small island community. Read full book review >
THE GOOD-PIE PARTY by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A must for every child who has to move away and for teachers and parents who want to help children through these times. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Posy Peyton does not want to move away from her secret clubhouse, her books, her bird feeder or her friends. Read full book review >