DOUBLE EAGLE by Sneed B. Collard III
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"Reluctant readers carried along by the plot will encounter some interesting history along the way. (Thriller. 10-14)"
While visiting his father on a barrier island near Mobile, Ala., 13-year-old Mike Gilbert finds a friend, a gold coin, lost treasure and more excitement than he'd bargained for. Read full book review >
THE GLASS MAKER’S DAUGHTER by V.  Briceland
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"Obvious connections to the culture of medieval Venice, from glass to silk to music to gondolas, provide color but not depth. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
There are some imaginative moments and one very good idea in this muddled fantasy, but also a lot of clunky dialogue, clichéd expressions and dei ex machinae. Read full book review >

THE UNKNOWNS by Benedict Carey
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"By the third or fourth puzzle (they get progressively more difficult) things get a bit mathematically dense, but even reluctant mathematicians will enjoy this inheritor of The Westing Game. (Mystery. 10-14)"
On the circular island where the Folsom Nuclear Plant is located, there sits a trailer park called Folsom Adjacent; not surprisingly, many of its colorfully boring residents work at the plant. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"A fast-paced, on-the-preachy-side time-travel adventure that could, almost despite itself, spark some fascinating discussions. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Instead of playing his beloved Game Boy, wisecracking Stonewall Hinkleman spends his weekends reluctantly playing bugle boy at the Civil War reenactments to which his lame and geeky parents insist on dragging him. Read full book review >
A YOUNG DANCER by Valerie Gladstone
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Aspiring dancers will warm up to Iman and, one hopes, put on some music and start dancing on their own. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 8-14)"
"Dancing makes me feel free," says Iman Bright, a student at the Ailey School. Read full book review >

RULES OF THE GAME by Marjorie Maddox
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2009

A singularly unattractive, cramped design does nothing to help this collection of baseball-themed poems. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON OF TRELIAN by Michelle Knudsen
Released: April 1, 2009

"A promising start. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
Appealing characterization elevates a standard fantasy adventure. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2009

"Labeled an early reader by the publisher, the vocabulary and complexity better suit upper-elementary and middle-school readers, despite its slenderness. (map, author's note, bibliography, suggested reading) (Biography. 10-14)"
Finding its niche neatly in this Season of Darwin, this slim volume recounts the world-changing voyage of the Beagle and what its young naturalist found while on it. Read full book review >
COMFORT by Joyce Moyer Hostetter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Helpful appendices provide further information. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Ann Fay struggles with polio as her father returns from World War II in this sequel to Blue (2006). Read full book review >
BLUE MOUNTAIN TROUBLE by Martin Mordecai
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"A gorgeous snapshot of a locale and culture not seen enough in children's books. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Jackson and Pollyread are 11-year-old twins who live in Jamaica's Blue Mountains. Read full book review >
BASEBALL GREAT by Tim Green
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"A cut above the usual baseball novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Josh is a hugely talented player who loves baseball and is destined for greatness. Read full book review >
MY DARLIN’ CLEMENTINE by Kristiana Gregory
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Highly recommended. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
"Oh, my darlin', oh, my darlin,' oh, my darlin' Clementine, / thou art lost and gone forever—" Gregory uses the familiar folksong as a jumping-off place for a surprisingly original story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >