A MIDTERM NIGHT'S SCHEME by Trina Robbins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Don't bother trying to explain it to your friends. Just tell them it's hilarious. (Graphic mystery. 9-14)"
Fans of the Chicagoland Detective Agency series have a problem. With each book, the plot gets more and more difficult to explain. Read full book review >
FREEDOM SUMMER by Susan Goldman Rubin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"A fascinating treatment of a key civil rights moment. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In time for the 50th anniversary of the pivotal civil rights event, Rubin presents heroes, villains and everyday people in 1964 Mississippi. Read full book review >

SONG OF THE SWORD by Edward Willett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Fantasy references galore should ensure that readers who enjoy fantasy—and Arthurian legend in particular—come away satisfied. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A King Arthur-based fantasy set in modern-day Canada. Read full book review >
MY RED BALLOON by Kazuaki Yamada
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"This buoyant tale elegantly conveys the sustaining gift of friendship. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A day in the life of a girl, her animal friends and her special red balloon. Read full book review >
THE BABY TREE by Sophie Blackall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"A gentle, appropriate answer to a perennial question. (Picture book. 4-6)"
When a small boy learns a baby's coming to his family, he wonders where it's coming from. Read full book review >

PUSS & BOOTS by Ayano Imai
by Ayano Imai, illustrated by Ayano Imai, translated by Sayako Uchida, adapted by Kate Westerlund
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Friendship trumps greed in this satisfying tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A resourceful feline comes to the aid of a shoemaker. Read full book review >
PRINCESS WANNABE by Leslie Lammle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Despite the can't-miss lesson, it's nice that storytime is such a big deal, even in the castle, and children will enjoy seeing all the familiar characters gathered here. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A frothy bit of storytelling and soft, squiggly art full of easily recognized folk from other tales. Read full book review >
THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY by Tracy Holczer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Grace's surprising discoveries about herself, her family, and her friends, and her struggles with sorrow and forgiveness, are engrossing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this debut novel, Holczer presents a tender, transformative exploration of family, loss and reconciliation. Read full book review >
CIRCUS GIRL by Clare Pernice
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"A flight of fancy, verbally and visually spare, that any would-be "star" will gladly take. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child transforms her bedroom into the big top. Read full book review >
FIVE NICE MICE & THE GREAT CAR RACE by Chisato Tashiro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"These winning mice easily take home the trophy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The five titular nice (and cute-as-a-button) mice vie for a gigantic piece of cheese. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO DREW CATS by Anushka Ravishankar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Storytellers, students of folklore and those who appreciate seeing the work of international children's-book creators will all welcome this intriguing import. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
This adaptation of an (relatively) oft-told tale features a conversational text paired with illustrations that echo the story's Japanese origins. Read full book review >
PYRATE'S BOY by E.B. Colin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"An exciting adventure with a tender heart. (Adventure. 9-13)"
Pirates save a boy from drowning only to find themselves all in danger deep as the sea. Read full book review >