BRETT McCARTHY by Maria Padian
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 11, 2008

"The pacing is smooth and the actions build to a sad, if realistic, ending. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Bigmouth Brett has two great loves: vocabulary words and soccer. Read full book review >
THE COMEBACK SEASON by Jennifer E.  Smith
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 4, 2008

"But even though Smith's clean, uncomplicated prose and gently told story are more Sarah Dessen than Chris Crutcher, both romantics and sports fans will find something here to like. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Hope springs eternal for one Chicago Cubs fan even as she struggles to come to terms with her father's death. Read full book review >

NATURE
Released: March 1, 2008

"A must for school libraries, and science teachers may want copies of their own. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This clear, detailed explanation demonstrates that we know about climate change through research by scientists and students at home and in the field—patient observation and investigations that lead to information about Earth's climate history. Read full book review >
TIM by Sam Enthoven
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2008

"This may be entertaining for some, but the book could have used some judicious editing and another draft before publication. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
London is in big trouble, and only something really, really big can save the city. Read full book review >
SIX INNINGS by James Preller
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"A well-intentioned, interesting premise that falls just short. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Though Sam isn't playing in his team's championship game because he has bone cancer, he has become the team's announcer in order to remain close to the action. Read full book review >

THE SWAN KINGDOM by Zoë Marriott
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2008

"However, abundant visual details create richly evocative settings, and emotional connection is clear and tender, both between siblings and between Alexandra and an adoring young stranger. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Marriott offers a romantic expansion of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans." Read full book review >
PRIMAVERA by Mary Jane Beaufrand
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"Whether a 14-year-old noblewoman of Florence could learn swordsmanship and goldsmithing and hide herself as a boy is arguable, but the story does propel the reader along to its gentle epilogue. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A swiftly told story tied to a bloody piece of Florentine history and illuminated with the lore of painting, goldsmithing and poison. Read full book review >
CHILD OF DANDELIONS by Shenaaz Nanji
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2008

"Readers will feel her inner conflict sharply, admire her resilience and quick thinking—and come away shocked themselves by the brutality she encounters during this little-known historical episode. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Drawn in part from the veteran author's own experiences, this deeply felt tale takes readers to 1972 Uganda where, shortly after coming to power, Idi Amin gave all Indians and citizens of Indian descent just 90 days to leave the country. Read full book review >
BLACK STARS IN A WHITE NIGHT SKY by JonArno Lawson
Released: March 1, 2008

"Despite the variety of tone and subject, the poet's voice and sensibility are clear and consistent in this above-average gathering. (notes) (Poetry. 11-15)"
Staid design masks a terrific collection of poetic surprises, observations and ruminations on topics as varied as discovering sunken treasure but not taking it, meeting an unusually eloquent "Elephant," considering the prospect of eating "Frog On A Cob" again—"I can't stand the smell of it, / cannot think well of it, / live with the hell of it / day after day"—and, in the title poem, using the "inward-gazing mind" to reverse what the "outward-dazing eye" sees. Read full book review >
SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2008

"A winner through and through. (Short stories. 8-14)"
All the bases are truly covered in this uncommon collection of stories that are a cut above the usual baseball fare. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: March 1, 2008

"Information-wise, a bare introduction, but a mighty engaging one nonetheless. (index) (Pop-up/nonfiction. 9-14)"
With a clinical white-on-black design, this volume allows readers to go system by system through the workings of the human body. Read full book review >
STORM by E.L. Young
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2008

"A mixture of adventure, teen angst, espionage and science, its readers will hope for a sequel. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Will's father is dead, and his mother has returned to Russia to grieve, leaving him in the care of a family friend in London. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >