GORILLA TACTICS by Sheila Grau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"Another smart, funny romp featuring a notably diverse cast headed by a minion who's looking more and more like a hero. (map) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Little does Runt Higgins suspect that keeping his hard-won place in the Junior Henchman Training Program will not only require battling bullies and giant gorillas, but rescuing undercover librarians and putting on a fashion show. Read full book review >
THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Erin Entrada Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"A promising story that doesn't quite find its footing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two Filipino sisters living with their mean stepmother discover hope in unexpected places. Read full book review >

TIMBER CREEK STATION by Ali Lewis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"More middle-grade than teen, mature themes notwithstanding, highly recommended for boys and adventurous readers of all ages. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Battling drought on their remote Australian cattle station, Danny Dawson's once-close-knit family, already torn apart by older brother Jonny's accidental death six months ago, learns that older sister Sissy, 14, is pregnant; Liz, the English backpacker hired on short notice as household help, will prove the catalyst for needed change. Read full book review >
SHMULIK PAINTS THE TOWN by Lisa Rose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"Visually dynamic; textually functional. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An Israeli painter can't muster inspiration for his job, but he gets unexpected help. Read full book review >
THE MAYPOP KIDNAPPING by C.M. Surrisi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"Surrisi's debut novel is a delightful cozy mystery, snugly mixing intrigue and humor, with an unpredictable and satisfying resolution. (Mystery. 10-14)"
When Ms. Stillford does not show up on the first day of school, 13-year-old Quinnie Boyd is convinced her beloved tutor has been kidnapped. Read full book review >

HOW TO CAPTURE AN INVISIBLE CAT by Paul Tobin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"This winning, consistently funny, smartly silly adventure could be one of Nate's kooky gadgets, a middle-grade reading attractor. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Sixth-graders Delphine and Nate, aided by Nate's talking dog, Bosper, evade the Red Death Tea Society, an evil organization that excels at both death and brewing, while trying to capture Proton, the family cat, which Nate made both gigantic and invisible. Read full book review >
IDEAS ARE ALL AROUND by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"In all, Stead has given readers a deeply felt, deeply connected story that is homage to creation—and really quite brilliant. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
A ramble through the neighborhood gets the creative juices going in this picture book. Read full book review >
MYSTERY OF THE MAP by Jack Chabert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"A peppily paced adventure yarn sure to delight fans of the franchise, both old and new. (Graphic adventure/fantasy. 6-12)"
Based on Poptropica, Jeff Kinney's (of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame) online role-playing game, this graphic-novel spinoff envisions three friends who find themselves marooned on a mysterious island. Read full book review >
WILD ONES by Carol L. Malnor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"Scooter's adventure is suitable for young children, while the endnotes will interest general readers of all ages. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Readers meet many animals common to U.S. cities when a shaggy, terrierlike dog slips away from home for a day and wanders around his neighborhood. Read full book review >
TRU & NELLE by G. Neri
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"An engaging portrait of two children's world before they became famous. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
The friendship of Nelle Harper Lee and Truman Capote, inspiration for Scout and Dill in Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, is fictionalized in "a flavorful bowl of southern homestyle yarns."Read full book review >
TOOTH BY TOOTH by Sara Levine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"As they did in Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons, Levine and Spookytooth successfully combine science fact, interactive fun, and giggle-inducing pictures. (additional facts, glossary, bibliography, Web resources) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Adopting an interactive, question-and-answer approach, Levine introduces children to common characteristics and variations in the teeth of mammals. Read full book review >
TOKYO DIGS A GARDEN by Jon-Erik Lappano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"A challenging 21st-century fable sure to spark discussions. (Picture book. 4-7)"
First-time writer Lappano and illustrator Hatanaka (Work, 2014; Drive, 2015) combine to envision a built world magically giving way to an almost out-of-control natural one. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >