THIS STRANGE WILDERNESS by Nancy Plain
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A superb introduction to the life and times of a great American artist and naturalist. (appendix, glossary, source notes, bibliography, illustration credits, index) (Biography. 9-14)"
John James Audubon's 1838 masterpiece, The Birds of America, "marked the beginning of modern ornithology," and this volume dramatizes the life and times of the man who devoted his life to creating it.Read full book review >
BIGGIE by Derek E. Sullivan
Released: March 1, 2015

"A bighearted story that will have readers rooting for Henry 'Biggie' Abbott. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In Sullivan's debut novel, an obese and lonely high school boy dreams of love, pitching a perfect game and finding his place in the world. Read full book review >

DISAPPEAR HOME by Laura Hurwitz
Released: March 1, 2015

"This realistic debut inspires with a grounded heroine who comes of age as she 'disappears home.' (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A teen growing up in an out-of-control hippie commune in Oregon in 1970 discovers what it's like to have a stable home when she's transplanted to rural California. Read full book review >
DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN by Elizabeth Fixmer
Released: March 1, 2015

"An absorbing treatment of a fascinating subject. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl slowly realizes that she must escape the religious cult in which she has grown up. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE FIRE by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2015

"Grand, heartbreaking, ennobling and unforgettable. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
This follow-up to the acclaimed The Story of Owen (2014) is part adventure, part alternative history, part friendship story, part ecological fable and all heroic saga.Read full book review >

EXPOSING TORTURE by Hal Marcovitz
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though none of the issues presented is explored in any great depth, this overview provides readers with a useful starting place for further exploration. (glossary, timeline, source notes, bibliography, websites, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
This overview delves into the history of torture, from the flayings, burnings and other brutal methods used in ancient societies to the psychological and sexual torture of the 21st century, and tackles complex ethical and moral questions. Read full book review >
HALF A MAN by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A sorrowful yet ultimately redeeming tale. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A grandson's loving homage to his war-scarred grandfather. Read full book review >
ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A multilayered novel set in turbulent times explores music's healing power. Read full book review >
MARK OF THE THIEF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The fast-paced, ingenious plot, charismatic hero and highly diverse cast of characters—including the ancient, eternal city itself—make this series opener a captivating joy ride. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Compelled by an ambitious general to retrieve an amulet from Julius Caesar's treasure, long hidden in a mine outside Rome, Nic—a slave with attitude—more than succeeds, upending his life and escalating conflict among the power brokers of imperial Rome. Read full book review >
THE CIPHER by John C.  Ford
Released: Feb. 19, 2015

"High-speed fun. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A dangerous breakthrough in cryptography leads to a high-stakes adventure for ne'er-do-well Robert "Smiles" Smylie Jr., whose father founded computing security giant Alyce Systems. Read full book review >
BETTER THAN PERFECT by Melissa Kantor
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"This timely story will ring true for today's disillusioned young people, who are discovering that years of good grades, piano lessons and internships don't necessarily result in adult happiness. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A high school senior's Type A life implodes after her mother takes an overdose of pills. Read full book review >
PINSTRIPE PRIDE by Marty Appel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"An enormous home run. (foreword, statistics, reading list, index) (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
The action-packed saga of the New York Yankees is recounted for young readers by an author who knows the team well. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >