WAKE UP! by Helen Frost
Kirkus Star
by Helen Frost, photographed by Rick Lieder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Stunning as ever: another irresistible imperative from Frost and Lieder to get up and out into nature. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Nature's littlest creatures figure large in this poetic portrait of their early movements. Read full book review >
COME ON IN, AMERICA by Linda Barrett Osborne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A slim volume big on historical information and insight. (timeline, source notes, credits) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A wide-ranging exploration of World War I and how it changed the United States forever. Read full book review >

THE DANCE OF THE VIOLIN by Kathy Stinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A joyful reminder that perseverance pays off, especially when you let out the artist within. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The early life of renowned violinist Joshua Bell is portrayed in a lively fashion. Read full book review >
THE GOLEM OF PRAGUE by Irène  Cohen-Janca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Strange and powerful. (glossary) (Picture book. 10-12)"
A dark, mystical tale raised from ancient Jewish folklore tells of a young boy and his encounter with a golem in this picture book for older readers. Read full book review >
TOP DOGS by Elizabeth MacLeod
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Excellent information presented in a frustrating and distracting jumble. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Dogs have played a role in human history for eons. Read full book review >

BOTANICUM by Kathy Willis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Not encyclopedic but reasonably systematic: a big, decorative, eye-filling survey. (index, websites) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A large-format tour of the plant world, organized into seven "galleries" of related types. Read full book review >
A GOOD DAY FOR A HAT by T. Nat Fuller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Mild hat-inspired silliness makes for mild fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Although the world beyond his front door continually changes, this hat-loving bear has the hats ready to face it. Read full book review >
BEE & ME by Alison Jay
by Alison Jay, illustrated by Alison Jay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A sweet bee idyll. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl befriends a lost bumblebee in this wordless picture book. Read full book review >
ARGYLE FOX by Marie Letourneau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Argyle ably demonstrates that if you build it yourself, you and your friends will have a great time. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Outdoor playtime can be a challenge, but not for a clever and artistic fox. Read full book review >
ONE TRICK PONY by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Hale blends adventure, aliens, an apocalyptic future, and folklore into an easy-to-read stand-alone. (Graphic science fiction. 8-12)"
In the future, the extraterrestrial Pipers devour electrical devices while threatening human lives and forcing them to regress to pre-electrical technology. Read full book review >
THE FIRE HORSE by Vladimir Mayakovsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A glimpse into Soviet children's-book illustration; likely of more interest to scholars than to children. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Hot off the American presses comes this translated collection of three illustrated texts from the 1920s golden age of Soviet children's-book publishing. Read full book review >
TRIANGLE by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Children will be intrigued by the fairy-tale quality of this narrative and may enjoy debating the motivations of its peculiar characters. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The pairing of Barnett's deceptively simple, tongue-in-cheek text with Klassen's iconic splattered and stenciled watercolor and digital illustrations in earth tones makes for a unique approach to exploring shapes. 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 >