BOMBS OVER BIKINI by Connie Goldsmith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A critically flawed chronicle of a significant chapter in the Cold War nuclear arms race. (source notes, glossary, further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
A brief chronicle of the nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands from 1946 until 1958, in which the U.S. military detonated 67 atom and hydrogen bombs over the region's Bikini and Enewetak atolls. Read full book review >
PLASTIC, AHOY! by Patricia Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A sobering introduction and solid demonstration of science research in action. (source notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Student researchers spend three weeks on a small ship investigating plastic residue and its effect on ocean water and marine life in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Read full book review >

SECRETS OF THE SKY CAVES by Sandra K. Athans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though it's too bad the voices of the Nepalese scholars involved are not heard, overall, it's a satisfying exploration. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Mountain climbers, scientists and scholars use their special skills to unearth the mysteries of a cave city in the Himalayas. Read full book review >
SCHOOLS OF HOPE by Norman H. Finkelstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Clean layout and design augment a quality introduction to an important chapter in the history of American education. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Julius Rosenwald, the man responsible for the early-20th-century success of the Sears, Roebuck Co., also improved education for African-Americans who were just decades away from slavery. Read full book review >
THERE WILL BE BEARS by Ryan Gebhart
Released: April 1, 2014

"A quirky, sweet adventure for middle school boys. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Feeling abandoned by his two closest companions, 13-year-old Tyson just wants things to go back to normal—even if that means field dressing his own elk and fighting off a man-eating grizzly bear. Read full book review >

ACROSS A WAR-TOSSED SEA by L.M. Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Likable protagonists and a fascinating historical backdrop combine for a story well-told. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the companion to Under A War-Torn Sky (2003), 14-year-old Charles and his 10-year-old brother, Wesley, feel stranded in the United States after having fled the London Blitz. Read full book review >
WEST OF THE MOON by Margi Preus
Released: April 1, 2014

"Norwegian history, fiction and folklore intertwine seamlessly in this lively, fantastical adventure and moving coming-of-age story. (glossary, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Astri is a goat girl, but she's no Heidi; she's a sharp, stone-hard girl who hasn't yet found the goodness inside herself. Read full book review >
SALVAGE by Alexandra Duncan
Released: April 1, 2014

"Memorable. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
Haunting, colorful environments distinguish this debut novel about a girl fighting for survival in the far future. Read full book review >
LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD by Ava Dellaira
Released: April 1, 2014

"A tighter hand would have given more balance to an otherwise effective and satisfyingly heartbreaking melodrama. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Confiding in dead geniuses helps a teen process her grief and rage. Read full book review >
COLD CALLS by Charles Benoit
Released: April 1, 2014

"Alas, fails to shed light on the all-too-common issue of bullying and its impact on the emotional lives of teens. (Mystery. 12-15)"
Three teens blackmailed into bullying behaviors team up to discover who's behind it. Read full book review >
DEAR KILLER by Katherine Ewell
Released: April 1, 2014

"Chilling and fascinating at the same time, despite flaws. (Suspense. 13-16)"
This unusual and absorbing debut looks at a serial killer through the eyes of the killer herself. Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF SALVATION by Jeri Smith-Ready
Released: April 1, 2014

"Reason, love and smart peers succeed in a captivating story of family heartbreak and religious intrigue. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Religion requires sacrifice—but for David, the prophecy of the Rush end-of-time event has particularly bad timing: baseball season and prom night, when things are sure to heat up with girlfriend Bailey. Read full book review >