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 >
MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% TRUE!) by Alison DeCamp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A knee-slapper of a debut featuring a narrator who is rather less than 99 percent reliable but 100 percent engaging. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Reality occasionally manages to force its way into a brash young motor mouth's 1895 account of chills and thrills at a remote Michigan logging camp. 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 >
BEARS AND A BIRTHDAY by Shirley Parenteau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Preschoolers will enjoy this very festive celebration. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Get ready for a very special party! Read full book review >

I DON'T WANT TO BE A FROG by Dev Petty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A lively look at self-acceptance. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tiny frog desperately wishes to be any other animal. Read full book review >
THE SECRET CIPHER by Whitaker Ringwald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Suspense, humor and sparkling narrative voices combine to deliver an engaging adventure. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Book 2 in the middle-grade Secret Box mystery series (The Secret Box, 2014).Read full book review >
COUNT WITH MAISY, CHEEP, CHEEP, CHEEP! by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A book that doesn't take any 'cheep' shots at the material. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Barnyard antics combine with flaps and basic counting skills in this, the latest of Maisy's adventures. Read full book review >
OTTO THE OWL WHO LOVED POETRY by Vern Kousky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Simple and clearly told, with a wonderfully engaging protagonist. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
A poetically inclined owl learns to accept his calling. 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 >
YETI AND THE BIRD by Nadia Shireen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Striking visuals that combine compelling use of shape, page design and color successfully carry this version of an oft-told story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A picture book about an unexpected friendship. 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 >
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 >