SEVEN BILLION AND COUNTING by Michael M. Andregg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"It's a topic of major concern, but there's little here to kindle that concern in young readers or to set the book apart from the assignment-fodder herd. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A slim volume combines a background overview with a call to action. Read full book review >
THE WEE SEAL by Janis Mackay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Sweet, though oddly mixed of message. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Simple line drawings with watercolor accompany this gentle tale of how young Jamie's awareness of the life cycle of a baby seal lying on the beach near the boy's home empowers him to turn back ignorant, potentially harmful tourists. Read full book review >

CELEBRATING HARVEST by Ruth Nason
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"This will serve well in both religious and nonreligious settings for fall curriculum support. (websites, index) (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
The annual harvest from farm to table is explored with a religious perspective, focusing on Christian harvest traditions and the Jewish celebration of Sukkot. Read full book review >
THE CHUPACABRA by Jean Flitcroft
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Scary and informative. (Horror. 10-12)"
An Irish teenager's Mexican vacation takes a turn for the terrifying. Read full book review >
SUSAN MARCUS BENDS THE RULES by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"World War II, segregation and prejudice in a book that feels decades old in its approach. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The summer before fifth grade brings changes for a Bronx girl. Read full book review >

CURIOSITY'S MISSION ON MARS by Ron Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"An informative, useful look at a current and ongoing mission to explore our nearest neighbor in the solar system. (source notes, glossary, further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A brief overview of how Curiosity, the rover NASA sent to Mars in November 2011, is making amazing discoveries suggesting some parts of Mars may have been habitable—and could be again in the future. Read full book review >
PRANKS AND ATTACKS! by Laurent Richard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Good for a few laughs but only for readers who are willing to overlook the cultural cluelessness. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
For one wannabe samurai, the path to martial arts stardom is paved with mischief and hijinks. Read full book review >
BEFORE WE EAT by Pat Brisson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"A warm celebration of both small farms and the idea that it takes a village to feed a child. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A simple poem thanking the people who grow, transport, sell and prepare our food is transformed by Azarian's bright woodcuts. Read full book review >
IF IT RAINS PANCAKES by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Wonderfully crafted and illustrated: a delightful, effective primer for budding poets. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
An engaging lantern poem and haiku how-to for young readers. Read full book review >
WHERE'S MY TUSHY? by Deborah Aronson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Captain Underpants look-alikes return with a caper sure to tickle preschool funny bones at storytime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Playful rhyming couplets reveal the necessity of backsides. Read full book review >
THE COMIC BOOK WAR by Jacqueline  Guest
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Built around a timely (ever timely, unfortunately) theme, this wartime tale featuring young characters with complementary strengths and vulnerabilities shines in a sharply rendered setting. (historical notes) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
A teenager with three brothers fighting overseas in World War II concocts an elaborate coping mechanism that works to keep his anxieties down and his spirits up—until it doesn't. Read full book review >
MIGRANT by José Manuel Mateo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2014

"Breathtaking. (author and illustrator notes) (Picture book. 6-12)"
A family's arduous journey from a farm in Mexico to a crowded dwelling in Los Angeles unfolds, literally, as a ribbon is untied and accordion-style pages open to reveal one continuous, aesthetically astonishing scene. Read full book review >