THOREAU AT WALDEN by John Porcellino
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 22, 2008

"This graphic portrait will enrich the insight into his life and character afforded by Johnson's fictionalized episodes, or Robert Burleigh's Man Named Thoreau (1985). (bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 10-14)"
Pairing terse extracts from Thoreau's writings with very simple line drawings in squared-off panels, Porcellino artfully presents a compelling sense of the philosopher's voice, his powers of observation and his sensitivity to the world around him. Read full book review >
FOUND by Margaret Peterson Haddix
ADVENTURE
Released: April 22, 2008

"Somewhat slow in this installment, but intriguing enough nonetheless to keep kids reading what promises to be an exciting trip through history. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fans of Haddix's Shadow Children books will want to jump on this time-travel adventure, which kicks off yet another series. Read full book review >

FOREVER ROSE by Hilary McKay
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 22, 2008

"Simply lovely. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The utterly beguiling tale of four children named for paint colors and their artist parents concludes in the most engaging way possible one December—all told in 11-year-old Permanent Rose's distinctive voice. Read full book review >
LOVE ME TENDER by Audrey Couloumbis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 22, 2008

"As sweetly sappy and touching as the song it's named for. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Matriarchal relationships form the focus of this predictable but big-hearted story by the author of the Newbery Honor award-winning Getting Near to Baby (1999). Read full book review >
NOBODY’S PRIZE by Esther Friesner
Released: April 22, 2008

"Anyone needing another strong-female-character-with-a-sword series will enjoy it, but it is only mildly accomplished and strongly forgettable. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Continuing the saga begun in Nobody's Princess (2007), a fictional Helen (of Homeric fame) goes on the quest for the Golden Fleece with Jason and the Argonauts, disguised initially as a weapons carrier. Read full book review >

TROUBLE by Gary D. Schmidt
ANIMALS
Released: April 21, 2008

"It's a measure of Schmidt's control in other realms that this still stands as a deeply moving and pleasurable read. (Fiction. 12-16)"
One of children's literature's prose masters presents a typically deliberate tale of moral awakening. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >