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

"Hot-glue–gun fans will barely need the story that surrounds this new set of do-it-yourself gadget projects, but the continuing mystery will keep readers wanting more. (Adventure. 9-13)"
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. Read full book review >

A BOY AND A JAGUAR by Alan Rabinowitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Moving and sweetly resonant. (Picture book/biography. 3-8)"
A simple memoir recounts a lifelong bond between a child who felt "broken" and the animals, especially jaguars, that have informed his life's work. Read full book review >
DEER DANCER by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"An ode to joyous dance. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young ballerina finds her muse in a woodland creature. Read full book review >
NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO by Anna Dewdney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Here's hoping there will be more adventures with Nelly and her family. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Fans of the Llama Llama series can rejoice—best-selling author Dewdney is back with another one, this time featuring Nelly Gnu and her ever helpful daddy. Read full book review >

HOW THEY CHOKED by Georgia Bragg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Readers will be entertained and fascinated by the flawed humanity depicted within. (notes, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Bragg's follow-up to How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous (2011) reveals the failures of 14 notables from history. Read full book review >
THE STORM TOWER THIEF by Anne Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Fans of Angus McFangus will applaud his latest weather-fantasy adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this second of the Lightning Catcher series, storm prophet Angus McFangus returns to the Perilous Exploratorium for Violent Weather and Vicious Storms to solve a deadly mystery involving icicle storms, ice diamonds and an enigmatic lightning heart. Read full book review >
SLEEPYHEADS by Sandra J. Howatt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"A superb execution of soporific shapes and sounds perfect for the bedside table. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Sleepyhead readers explore a hushed woodland at dusk, where they discover animals nestled in their cozy places at bedtime. Read full book review >
THE OSTRICH CONSPIRACY by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Retailers won't need to stock up on sunglasses or platypus dolls, but readers will keep turning pages up to the last chapter, and quite a few of them will be ready, immediately, for the next volume. (Mystery. 8-12)"
This book isn't nearly as odd as it sounds. Read full book review >
NERD CAMP 2.0 by Elissa Brent Weissman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Obvious and preachy, this camp story is nothing worth writing home about. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The war between nerds and jocks is on in Weissman's follow-up to Nerd Camp (2011). Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR HAT! by Brian Won
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"This lighthearted story revels in the small acts that make life better—cheers all around. (Picture book. 3-7)"
All the animals are grumpy until a surprise brightens their day in this tale about the joy of sharing. Read full book review >
SAMANTHA SANDERSON AT THE MOVIES by Robin Caroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Formulaic and forgettable. (discussion questions) (Mystery. 9-12)"
An intrepid middle school reporter gambles her career on cracking a bombing case. Read full book review >