EMPIRE OF NIGHT by Kelley Armstrong
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2015

"Cliffhangers and morbid humor balance out too many plot twists and slow pacing in this unnecessarily complicated sequel. Readers will have to wait for resolution. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Twins Moria and Ashyn may have left the Forest, but they aren't out of the woods yet in this romance- and politics-filled sequel to Sea of Shadows (2014).Read full book review >
FIG by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
Released: April 7, 2015

"Achingly gorgeous, with a baffling end. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
A girl grows from 6 to 18 on a Kansas farm, methodically trying to fix her mother's mental illness. Read full book review >

DIARY OF A WAITRESS by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A slowly paced and occasionally even tedious depiction of a small slice of American railroad history. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Although more than a year too young for the position, almost-17-year-old Kitty takes a job as a Harvey Girl, one of the well-trained waitresses that staffed a national restaurant chain serving rail passengers from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries. Read full book review >
NELSON MANDELA by Beatrice Gormley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A complete, informative introduction to a nonviolent revolutionary and one of history's most important champions of human rights. (photos, timeline, glossary, source notes) (Biography. 10-14)"
A young troublemaker grows up to be a civil rights activist, president of his country and world leader in this overview of the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning peacemaker. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"Teens interested in any and all aspects of a career in dance will find useful and entertaining information here. (resources, glossary, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
From ballet to Broadway and from Hollywood to hip-hop: a how-to. Read full book review >

THE BLACK RECKONING by John Stephens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"This fantasy trilogy closes with both satisfying finality and the realistic, requisite heartbreak that comes with saying goodbye. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Kids grow up so quickly these days—at least they do when they are prophetically linked to magical relics. Read full book review >
LIES I TOLD by Michelle Zink
Released: April 7, 2015

"Highly readable, gripping and touching. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl struggles to hold onto her own identity within her family of thieves. Read full book review >
I AM HER REVENGE by Meredith Moore
Released: April 4, 2015

"More soap operatic than Shakespearian. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A girl raised to be a weapon by her brutal mother must decide whether she's willing to ruin a boy's life for the sake of revenge. Read full book review >
SEED by Lisa Heathfield
Released: April 2, 2015

"An absorbing treatment of an ever interesting subject. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Pearl has grown up inside a cult and knows little about the real world. Read full book review >
SOME KIND OF MAGIC by Adrian Fogelin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A fine, complex tale of family, friends and magic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Old friends Ben, Cass, Jemmie and Justin start high school in the fall, so this might be their last summer together; though they hope for an exciting summer, they get more intrigue than they bargained for. Read full book review >
LAUREN IPSUM by Carlos Bueno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Positive, smart, empowering philosophies and thinking skills couched in a wacky adventure. (Fantasy/philosophy. 8-14)"
A lost girl travels through a fantastical Alice in Wonderland-esque world filled with The Phantom Tollbooth-like computer-programming metaphors.Read full book review >
A CHILDREN'S GUIDE TO ARCTIC BIRDS by Mia Pelletier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Interesting for bird lovers whose homes are in temperate climes as well, especially those who might see some of these intriguing Arctic nesters in winter. (Nonfiction. 8-15)"
An Arctic ecologist introduces a dozen bird species that take advantage of the food available in the brief but bountiful summer to nest and raise their young in the far north. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >