THIS IS A MOOSE by Richard T. Morris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"A humorous—make that hysterical—homage to movies and big dreams. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Moose is steadfastly determined to achieve stardom amid the stars. Read full book review >
SKY RUN by Alex Shearer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Wise and wonderful, this is the archetypal Hero's Journey laced with gentle satire. (Adventure. 10-14)"
A hero's tale set in an alternate world. Read full book review >

BIG BUG by Henry Cole
by Henry Cole, illustrated by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Visually lovely and appealing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What is big and what is little? It's an enormous question, especially for young children who are just beginning to acquire a tentative understanding of their place in the physical world. Read full book review >
DREAMTREADERS by Wayne Thomas Batson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"What it lacks in richness and profundity it makes up for in thrills; not a bad choice for a wholesome adventure. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Spiritual warfare is such stuff as dreams are made on in this Christian fantasy. Read full book review >
THE SPY CATCHERS OF MAPLE HILL by Megan Frazer Blakemore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Hazel's inquisitiveness, independence and imperfections are a winning combination. (author's note) (Historical mystery. 9-12)"
If Harriet M. Welsch lived in 1953 in a community vulnerable to McCarthyism, this might be her story. Read full book review >

BIG BAD BUBBLE by Adam Rubin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"The book's potential utility in helping children cope with irrational fears is undermined by its absence of a credible story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
La La Land is populated by scaredy-cat monsters. Read full book review >
COOL BEANS by Lisa Harkrader
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Readers will be greedy for the next adventure of Beanboy and the modest genius behind him. (Fiction. 8-14)"
When it comes to dodgeball, how can comic-book artist Tucker MacBean possibly compete with star athlete golden boy Wesley Banks? Read full book review >
THE MONKEY GOES BANANAS by C.P. Bloom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Though it won't be joining the stately likes of Aaron Becker's Journey or Bob Staake's Bluebird (both 2013), this book is a good laugh nonetheless: There's nothing wrong with lighthearted fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This predominantly wordless picture book delivers a substantial helping of slapstick. Read full book review >
VEGGIES WITH WEDGIES by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Beware, though, kids may want to wear their underwear like the veggies—without any clothes on top. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The vegetables in Farmer John's garden learn all about underwear in Doodler's latest. Read full book review >
D-DAY by Rick Atkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Within its limits, a grand and historically significant tale told with dash and authority. (maps, charts, lists of major armies and figures, weaponry, personal supplies, timelines, photos) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
This version of the much-admired The Guns at Last Light (2013) for younger audiences focuses on the drama and the astonishing scale of one of World War II's pivotal operations: the D-Day invasion. Read full book review >
STAR CHILD by Claire A. Nivola
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"An affirmation that it is all worthwhile, better suited, perhaps, to adolescents who will appreciate a look at where they have been and what they may expect in the future and to older adults who will enjoy the philosophical bent. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
A fanciful, thoughtful examination of a life well-lived. Read full book review >
SECRET AGENT GADGET BATTLE by Bob Pflugfelder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

 

Determined to uncover the identity of the secret agent who seems to be right inside their uncle Newt's house with them, 11-year-old twins Nick and Tesla construct a variety of spy-revealing gadgets in this third of an ongoing mystery-and-how-to series.

When an unfinished phone message from their mother reveals that there is someone nearby they can't trust—and the message is suddenly erased—Nick and Tesla begin to see spies everywhere. Read full book review >