THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A bloody good way to end a trilogy. (discussion questions) (Horror. 14 & up)"
Vampire Allie, one of the genre's toughest heroines, returns with one last chance to save both vampire- and humankind in this conclusion to the Blood of Eden series. Read full book review >
POPULAR by Maya Van Wagenen
Released: April 15, 2014

"A fascinating and unusual slice-of-life work whose humor will best be appreciated by younger teens. (Memoir. 12-16)"
An interesting and earnest memoir of a social experiment conducted by a contemporary eighth-grader who follows the advice in a popularity guide written for 1950s-era teens and blogged the experience for one school year. Read full book review >

THE BALANCE by Neal Wooten
Released: April 15, 2014

"Sci-fi savvy teens and those glutted on dystopian futures can easily find more engaging reads. (Dystopian romance. 14-17)"
Does humanity's future hang in the balance, or is maintaining the balance a prison? Read full book review >
ALSO KNOWN AS ELVIS by James Howe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"With its companions, it's a powerful affirmation of friendship, compassion and the right to be accepted for who we are. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Over a decade has passed for readers since The Misfits (2001) introduced the Gang of Five, four seventh-grade outsiders who've got one another's backs; for Bobby, Joe, Addie and Skeezie, a year's gone by. Read full book review >
PAINTING THE RAINBOW by Amy Gordon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"A story about a tumultuous family that lacks a certain element of hardship needed to make a book truly gripping. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two young cousins try to recapture the feeling of summertime fun during a fraught vacation at their family's lake house, a summer overshadowed by the mystery of their uncle's long-ago death. Read full book review >

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE by Bridie Clark
Released: April 15, 2014

"This format, which rarely devotes more than a few pages to any particular character or topic, results in a novel that skims, rather than explores, the pressures many high school students face daily. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Told with second-person narration, Clark's sequel to Maybe Tonight? (2013) returns "you" to your elite boarding school for your sophomore year of high school, as before ending chapters with Choose Your Own Adventure–style scenarios. Read full book review >
HOPE IS A GIRL SELLING FRUIT by Amrita Das
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

""We're all in this together," Das writes, "lost, but not quite." Older, Western children and teens may well feel they've found an unexpected comrade. (afterword on the art) (Picture book. 11-16)"
Das debuts with illustrations done in a distinctive Indian style paired to a brief meditative text—part memoir, part artist's statement, part rumination—on women's personal journeys. Read full book review >
EARTH STAR by Janet Edwards
Released: April 15, 2014

"Amaz—simply amaz. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
This far-future science-fiction sequel skips tired genre tropes to offer a fresh and thrilling adventure about hazardous archaeological excavation, a mystery in the sky and a potential threat to all of humanity. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW by Natalie Whipple
Released: April 15, 2014

"With unwavering BFFs, stolen kisses, red herrings and a variety of spells, there's something for chick-lit, romance, mystery and fantasy fans alike. (Supernatural romance. 13-18)"
If being an adolescent already feels like a curse, try life as a modern teenage witch. Read full book review >
BUGGED by Sarah Albee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Tailor-made for epidemiologists-in-the-making and connoisseurs of the gross. (glossary, multimedia information sources, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
From the creators of Poop Happened! (2010), a swarm of bug-driven disasters suffered through the centuries. Read full book review >
SEKRET by Lindsay Smith
Released: April 15, 2014

"A sudden cliffhanger sets up this fast-paced thriller (full of blaring brass and pounding drums) for a sequel. (historical note) (Science fiction. 13-16)"
Cold War espionage smoothly blended with psychic romance. Read full book review >
HIGH & DRY by Sarah Skilton
Released: April 15, 2014

"A dark, well-constructed mystery with a strong voice. (Mystery. 14-18)"
In a noir-flavored mystery, a hard-drinking, tough-talking teen cracks a case and learns a lesson about getting—and getting over—the girl. Read full book review >