THE TRIALS OF KATE HOPE by Wick Downing
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 21, 2008

"But between undistinguished prose and the sheer unbelievability of the premise, this courtroom drama will have readers' credulity straining at the leash. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The year is 1973. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE THIRD LUCRETIA by Susan Runholt
FICTION
Released: April 17, 2008

"Readers will no doubt look forward to reading more adventures of these teen detectives. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Mystery fans will enjoy this clever, engaging story of two girlfriends drawn into a dangerous puzzle involving international art fraud and murder. Read full book review >

PUDDLEJUMPERS by Mark Jean
ADVENTURE
Released: April 15, 2008

"Fatally flawed fun. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Puddlejumpers—11-inch-tall creatures—are fighting the Trogs, huge troll-like monsters, but they need to borrow a human Rainmaker to succeed. Read full book review >
DIAMOND WILLOW by Helen Frost
ANIMALS
Released: April 10, 2008

"Flawed, but not fatally so. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Diamond Willow, a young Alaskan of Athabascan and European descent, doesn't have many friends; she's happiest when she's sledding her father's dogs and visiting her grandparents. Read full book review >
PRINCE OF FOOLS by Philip Caveney
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 8, 2008

"Sebastian, Max and Cornelius prove their worth and emerge unusual but engaging heroes in this first of promised further adventures of Sebastian Darke. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
A half-human, half-elf teen sets out to make his fortune as a court jester, but proves he is anything but the prince of fools in this high-action fantasy. Read full book review >

PIRATES OF THE RETAIL WASTELAND by Adam Selzer
FICTION
Released: April 8, 2008

"Float it toward tweener sitcom fans. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Looking for fresh triumphs in the wake of the brouhaha caused by his avant-garde sex-ed film in How to Get Suspended and Influence People (2007), geeky eighth-grader Leon joins the rest of his Gifted Pool cronies in filming a semi-mock takeover of the local Starbucks clone, Wackfords. Read full book review >
KEEPING THE NIGHT WATCH by Hope Anita Smith
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2008

"Something of a disappointment visually, but the essential poignancy shines through. (Poetry. 10-14)"
C.J. and his family return in this companion to 2003's The Way a Door Closes, winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2004. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"A boundary-crossing import from Canada for fantasy fans. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In Book One of the Grasslands Trilogy, Coriko, a slave since he was young, understands little about the world outside. Read full book review >
THE TYGRINE CAT by Inbali Iserles
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"This will satisfy equally fans of magical fantasy and action adventure. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Catling Mati doesn't remember much of his past. Read full book review >
BEWITCHING SEASON by Marissa Doyle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2008

"Fans of historical mysteries will find this a page-turner. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In her debut, Doyle offers a heart-throbbing romance full of magic and royal-court intrigue. Read full book review >
LAMPLIGHTER by D.M. Cornish
Released: April 1, 2008

Cornish again buries a likable protagonist and perfectly viable plot under a mountain of obscure words and pretentious prose in this overweight sequel (Foundling, 2006). Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO SAW LIONS by Berlie Doherty
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Despite Abela's sometimes distressing and disturbing treatment, this is an inspiring and compelling narrative of how two special girls with a shared heritage become a family. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Doherty artfully plaits parallel stories of two girls from different worlds whose lives ultimately intersect. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >