EVERY LAST DROP by Michelle Mulder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Informative, attractive and alarming—readers will think twice before leaving the water running as they brush their teeth. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
You turn a tap. The water flows: clean and, if not abundantly, at least steadily. You are the lucky one in two humans. Read full book review >
ZOOBOTS by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

Becker introduces a handful of "zoobots," mechanical contrivances inspired by creatures from the animal kingdom.

This is a not-altogether-surprising collection of robotic tools serving a variety of tasks that humans may not be able to do or would rather not do even if they were able. Read full book review >


YOU CAN'T HAVE TOO MANY FRIENDS! by Mordicai Gerstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A rib-tickling variant on a tale not often enough retold. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Gerstein tones down the violence and ramps up the humor in this reworked version of an old tale: A year after the king "borrows" his prizewinning jelly beans, Duck the gardener marches off to get them back. Read full book review >
UNDERWORLD by Jane Price
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Sheds plenty of light into dark places, but best for flip-through browsing, as the tunneling goes in arbitrary directions. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A scattershot but revealing dig beneath our planet's surface, illustrated with a mix of photos and schematic cutaways. Read full book review >
HERE COMES DESTRUCTOSAURUS! by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A familiar interchange, featuring a less-ferocious-looking cousin of the tempestuous T. Rex of Bob Shea's Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (2008) and its sequels. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A parent/caregiver—unseen after a glimpse at the beginning—translates a "terrible twos"-style tantrum into a movie-monster rampage. Read full book review >

HOT DOG! ELEANOR ROOSEVELT THROWS A PICNIC by Leslie Kimmelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A captivating introductory piece for budding history buffs. (Picture book. 7-12)"
When the first official visit by a British royal to the United States since independence is scheduled in 1939, Eleanor Roosevelt hosts an all-American picnic. Read full book review >
JASMINE AND MADDIE by Christine Pakkala
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"While no new ground is covered in Pakkala's novel, the spot-on cover will entice readers who will identify with the pain of middle school, enjoy the well-developed secondary characters and applaud the girls' growth. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Can two seemingly opposite girls become friends? Read full book review >
SWAMP CHOMP by Lola M. Schaefer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"The illustrations invite children to take their time finding animals and figuring out their activities; the text would sparkle equally if the author had played more with rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. (Informational picture book. 2-4)"
The names of several animals that might inhabit a cypress swamp, along with a plethora of verbs, adorn pages full of brightly colored animals, plants and water. Read full book review >
PLASTIC, AHOY! by Patricia Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A sobering introduction and solid demonstration of science research in action. (source notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Student researchers spend three weeks on a small ship investigating plastic residue and its effect on ocean water and marine life in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Read full book review >
FROG FREAKOUT by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not much of a leap, plotwise, but it should hop off shelves where the series has spawned fans. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Midway through this 14-volume British series, mad scientist Petty Potts follows her favorite experimental subjects, twins Josh and Danny Phillips, to summer camp with a new body-transforming concoction. Read full book review >
JOY IN MUDVILLE by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"The old ball game is still great fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Will there ever be joy in Mudville now that mighty Casey has struck out? It is the day after that awful game, and now there is a chance for redemption. Read full book review >
ACROSS A WAR-TOSSED SEA by L.M. Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Likable protagonists and a fascinating historical backdrop combine for a story well-told. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the companion to Under A War-Torn Sky (2003), 14-year-old Charles and his 10-year-old brother, Wesley, feel stranded in the United States after having fled the London Blitz. Read full book review >