CURIOSITY by Gary Blackwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 10, 2014

"A thrilling look at the 19th-century age of automata—"a time of curiosity-seekers"—and the riveting story of a likable Philadelphia boy whose life of the mind helps him transcend his extraordinary, oft-cruel circumstances. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Twelve-year-old Rufus Goodspeed is dangerously good at chess. Read full book review >
CUCKOO! by Fiona Roberton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 10, 2014

"A sweet, if uneven, tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In something of a variant on Andersen's "Ugly Duckling," Cuckoo searches for someone who might understand him. Read full book review >

LITTLE ROJA RIDING HOOD by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 10, 2014

"This spirited interpretation of a classic fairy tale successfully mixes magic and reality, as well as Spanish and English words. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Elya presents a modern twist on a familiar fairy tale in her signature style using rhyming, predominantly English text that skillfully incorporates Spanish words and phrases. Read full book review >
STORIES FOR CHILDREN by Oscar Wilde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 9, 2014

"With great respect for the past, this edition succeeds in bringing the illustrations into the present. (Fairy tales. 6-10)"
Three of Oscar Wilde's fairy tales for children are republished with gorgeous original art by Robinson. Read full book review >
ALIEN ENCOUNTER by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Lots of tantalizing setup plus not quite enough plot fails to equal a story that stands on its own. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In this stretched-out series opener, two lads do little more than hang out for chapter after chapter between encounters with (putatively) an almond-eyed alien and a sasquatch while the author hints at hidden doings. Read full book review >

UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Julie T. Lamana
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"An honest, bleak account of a national tragedy sure to inspire discussion and research. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
As Armani Curtis' 10th birthday approaches, so does something far more ominous—a threatening storm in the Gulf of Mexico called Katrina. Read full book review >
LOST CHILDREN OF THE FAR ISLANDS by Emily Raabe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A mostly strong magical adventure in the grand tradition. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
The first sentence grabs readers right away: "On May 23, exactly one month before Gustavia and Leomaris Brennan's eleventh birthday, their mother became terribly, mysteriously ill." Read full book review >
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG OVER THE MOON by Frank Cottrell Boyce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"One last exhilarating ride: "Ga GOOO ga!!!!" (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The third and (probably) final "official" sequel to Ian Fleming's classic sends the redoubtable roadster careening off the planet as well as through time. Read full book review >
ANIMAL KINGDOM by Simon Rogers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Flashy at first glance, routine at second and subsequent looks. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
With scattered exceptions, the trendy "infographics" approach stops at the title in this haphazard ramble past animal types and extremes. Read full book review >
FURIOUS JONES AND THE ASSASSIN'S SECRET by Tim Kehoe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Readers caught up in the action will not mind the gaps. (Thriller. 8-12)"
The teenage years are usually a time of self-exploration, but for Furious Jones, it's a time to explore his family history. Read full book review >
AT HOME IN HER TOMB by Christine Liu-Perkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Move over King Tut. Lady Dai is in the house. (historical note, author's note, glossary, selected bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Debut author Liu-Perkins' infectious curiosity shines in this exploration of a Han dynasty burial chamber excavated in 1972. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER I SAVED THE WORLD. . .IN 65 DAYS by Michele Weber Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Joyful dividends are reaped from a teenager's secret acts of kindness in this appealingly, unabashedly feel-good story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
What happens when a teenage girl tries to change the world in 65 tiny ways? Read full book review >