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 >
LEARNING NOT TO DROWN by Anna Shinoda
Released: April 1, 2014

"A thought-provoker that will leave readers contemplating the line between family loyalty and self-preservation. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Shinoda's first novel introduces readers to 17-year-old Clare Tovin and her Family Skeleton. Read full book review >

PAPER HEARTS by S.R. Savell
Released: April 1, 2014

"Savell offers readers hope within grim realism, though the flights of lyricism can detract from it. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A friendless 17-year-old hard case meets a softhearted young man and his dying grandmother, and it may change her path. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2014

"A smart, accessible introduction to an important and interesting topic. (source notes, glossary, further reading and viewing, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The way humans use nonverbal cues—sometimes willingly, sometimes accidentally—is explored in a lively presentation for young readers. Read full book review >
MOONFLOWER by Angela J. Townsend
Released: March 31, 2014

"This sweet, chaste entry into the world of romantic fantasy could have been so much more. (Paranormal romance. 12-16)"
Tragically orphaned when young, a Seattle teen struggles to fit in then confronts demons in an isolated Russian village. Read full book review >

BATTLE OF THE BEASTS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2014

"A dark action-adventure-fantasy with surprising heart. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
House of Secrets' (2013) happy ending gives way to new problems for the Walker children, both in reality and in writer-wizard Denver Kristoff's pulpy genre-book worlds. Read full book review >
THE WINTER HORSES by Philip Kerr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2014

"A worthwhile-enough read for kids particularly interested in history and/or horses. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Kerr, well-known for his best-selling World War II thrillers for adults (A Man Without Breath, 2013, etc.), enters YA territory with a compelling but ultimately flawed tale of saving the last Przewalski's horses from Nazi invaders.  Read full book review >
WHERE THE ROCK SPLITS THE SKY by Philip Webb
Released: March 25, 2014

"For Western aficionados who don't mind alien outlaws in their shoot'em-ups. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
In a bizarre post-apocalyptic future, Megan Bridgwater's world is defined by Western garb, gab and clichés. Read full book review >
A PHANTOM ENCHANTMENT by Eve Marie Mont
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Keep expectations in check, sit back and enjoy Paris (the most memorable character) vicariously. (author's note) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Lightweight but amusing, the Unbound Trilogy's conclusion takes on Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera, and its myriad variations.  Read full book review >
HALF BAD by Sally Green
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Nathan's harrowing quest to build a father-son relationship will compel readers to the sequel even if the slim romantic subplot and looming threat of the Council do not. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A teenage witch persecuted from birth must find his father, the most notoriously evil witch alive, or die. Read full book review >
Released: March 25, 2014

"Engle's new offering contains moments of true poetic beauty, but these choices detract from an otherwise lovely, enlightening book. (author's note, selected bibliography) (Historical fiction/verse. 10-14)"
A poetic exploration of the construction of the Panama Canal. Read full book review >
DRAMA QUEENS IN THE HOUSE by Julie Williams
Released: March 25, 2014

"An initially fresh, original narrative swamped by tired tropes and conventional resolution. Pity. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Jessie's world revolves around the Minnesota theater company her parents co-founded, so she's considerably shaken up when she surprises her dad, Mark, in a passionate embrace with Brad, the company's costumer. Read full book review >