WHEN THE WIND BLOWS by Linda Booth Sweeney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"Gale-force gusts of invigorating artwork and imagery will leave readers breathless in windswept wonder. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Whipping, wild wind calls a grandmother and her grandson out-of-doors into the frenzied, fantastic fray with a kite and giddy grins. Read full book review >
WISH GIRL by Nikki  Loftin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A moving, mesmerizing story of wishing, listening and hope for discerning readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A sensitive boy with a troubled past and an artistic girl whose cache of wishes has almost expired find solace and friendship in a magical valley. Read full book review >

MONTY'S MAGNIFICENT MANE by Gemma O'Neill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The tried-and-true fable about curbing vanity and appreciating friends enjoys a fresh touch with these ebullient African animals. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A lion named Monty is so proud of his mane that he nearly causes disaster for himself and his little meerkat friends. Read full book review >
MARK OF THE THIEF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The fast-paced, ingenious plot, charismatic hero and highly diverse cast of characters—including the ancient, eternal city itself—make this series opener a captivating joy ride. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Compelled by an ambitious general to retrieve an amulet from Julius Caesar's treasure, long hidden in a mine outside Rome, Nic—a slave with attitude—more than succeeds, upending his life and escalating conflict among the power brokers of imperial Rome. Read full book review >
LUCKY STRIKE by Bobbie Pyron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Amusing, endearing and sometimes even electrifying. (Magical realism. 9-12)"
Could it ever be lucky to be struck by lightning? Read full book review >

HALF A MAN by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A sorrowful yet ultimately redeeming tale. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A grandson's loving homage to his war-scarred grandfather. Read full book review >
ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A multilayered novel set in turbulent times explores music's healing power. Read full book review >
ABE LINCOLN by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"The book quotes Lincoln as saying, 'Whatever you are, be a good one.' This team goes beyond good; they excel at making history real, enjoyable and memorable. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
From Ben Franklin: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z (2011), the dynamic duo of Schroeder and O'Brien here turn their talents to Abe Lincoln. Read full book review >
PEEP AND DUCKY RAINY DAY by David Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Totally in tune with toddlers, this snappy read-aloud gets it right. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rainy days are oh, so dreary, but not for Peep and Ducky. Read full book review >
THE NEW SMALL PERSON by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"How nice to see a familiar story made new with a family of color and a little brother as hero. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A familiar theme—a big brother feels displaced by a new baby—seems fresh in Child's latest. Read full book review >
MOONPENNY ISLAND by Tricia  Springstubb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Poetic and poignant, Springstubb's tale of friendship, loss, hope and heartache is so fresh and honest it will resonate widely. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When one of an inseparable pair of friends is sent away, the other's life turns upside down. Read full book review >
HOOT OWL, MASTER OF DISGUISE by Sean Taylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A rib-tickling pleaser. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A confident owl employs ace hunting skills—sort of—to fill his tummy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >