GREETINGS FROM NOWHERE by Barbara O’Connor
FICTION
Released: March 26, 2008

"O'Connor artfully weaves together the hopes, fears, disappointments, sorrows and joys of her multi-generational cast to produce a warm and satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The lives of four families change when they intersect at a run-down motel in the middle of nowhere. Read full book review >
SNOW FALLING IN SPRING by Moying Li
HISTORY
Released: March 19, 2008

"Combined with The Diary of Ma Yan (2005), readers can begin to know about education and life in modern China. (chronology, glossary) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
When Li was 12 years old, the Chinese Cultural Revolution began and changed life in that nation. Read full book review >

SPELLSPAM by Alma Alexander
FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2008

"Able to stand on its own merits, this book's energetic plot, well-integrated back story and teen characters will make fans very happy and bring new readers under the series' spell. (Fantasy. Ages 13-16)"
From the very first page, this second in the Worldweavers series grabs the reader's attention. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >