BURN OUT by Kristi Helvig
Released: April 8, 2014

"A scorching series opener not to be missed. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
In an unrecognizable future, the sun has ballooned to epic proportions, leaving the Earth charred, desiccated and nearly vacant, as a teenage girl tries to hold on to her sanity and secrets. Read full book review >
SWIM THAT ROCK by John Rocco
Released: April 8, 2014

"Nevertheless, fills the bill for teens looking for an atypical action adventure. (map) (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teen goes to desperate lengths to save his family's diner in this unevenly executed fishing drama set on Narragansett Bay. Read full book review >

ALWAYS EMILY by Michaela MacColl
Released: April 8, 2014

"Equal parts gothic melodrama and Nancy Drew derring-do. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Reimagined as detectives, the Brontë sisters kick-start their writing careers by solving a mystery in this detailed if dubiously grounded novel. Read full book review >
UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Julie T. Lamana
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"An honest, bleak account of a national tragedy sure to inspire discussion and research. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
As Armani Curtis' 10th birthday approaches, so does something far more ominous—a threatening storm in the Gulf of Mexico called Katrina. Read full book review >
THE INTERROGATION OF ASHALA WOLF by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Released: April 8, 2014

"If an "exhilarating dystopia" strikes you as oxymoronic, this vivid, original debut just might change your mind. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A dystopian adventure from Australia breaks the mold. Read full book review >

FRENZY by Robert Lettrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Never achieves the scare it intends. (Horror. 9-12)"
Summer camp turns deadly: fluffy, foaming, frenzied and deadly. Read full book review >
FURIOUS JONES AND THE ASSASSIN'S SECRET by Tim Kehoe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Readers caught up in the action will not mind the gaps. (Thriller. 8-12)"
The teenage years are usually a time of self-exploration, but for Furious Jones, it's a time to explore his family history. Read full book review >
LANTERN SAM AND THE BLUE STREAK BANDITS by Michael D. Beil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Laden with retro charm and sly humor, this won't suit every reader, but fans of fast-paced, far-fetched action will lap it up as enthusiastically as Sam swallows his favorite brand of sardines. (Mystery. 9-12)"
A talking cat with a penchant for problem-solving and self-reflection, a clever kidnapping-cum–jewel heist, a couple of kids and a friendly train conductor all collide in an atmospheric late-1930s adventure with old-time cinematic appeal. Read full book review >
PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES by Chris Oxlade
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Nevertheless, a valuable reference tool, a solid contribution to the literature of technology for teens and blissful eye candy for transportation enthusiasts. (Nonfiction. 6-14)"
This oversized book comprises not pages but a 6 1/2–foot-wide foldout poster, with illustrations of 100 iconic aircraft, spacecraft, trains, cars, bikes and boats. Read full book review >
I AM A POETATO by John Hegley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2014

"Wide-ranging poems and whimsical illustrations combine to yield uneven degrees of comedic success. (Poetry. 9-13)"
British poet Hegley here assembles 45 poems offering light, sometimes wildly offbeat perspectives on a variety of topics. Read full book review >
UNCERTAIN GLORY by Lea Wait
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2014

"A worthy and entertaining trip back through time. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Joe runs his own newspaper, quite an accomplishment for a 14-year-old, even in 1861. With the Civil War beginning and a young spiritualist in town, he's got lots to write about. Read full book review >
ICE WHALE by Jean Craighead George
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 3, 2014

"A fitting envoi for a writer whose most enduring tales of nature and survival are required childhood reading. (map, whale portrait) (Adventure. 10-13)"
George's last novel, completed by her sons Twig and Craig, traces a 200-year cycle of devastation, change and recovery in Arctic waters. Read full book review >