WAER by Meg Caddy
Released: March 14, 2017

"A familiar paranormal fantasy energized by head wounds and plot twists. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
A new world of shape-shifters and a time-honored battle between good and evil come alive in Caddy's debut fantasy for teens. Read full book review >
MATYLDA, BRIGHT AND TENDER by Holly M. McGhee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A bright and tender novel of love, loss, and survival. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After losing her best friend, a little girl tries to hold on to him by transferring her affection to the pet lizard they shared in picture-book author Hallie Durand's first novel. Read full book review >

IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Lindsey Leavitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Not much happens, but it's all fun and readily recognizable middle school stuff. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Best friends Piper and Olivia are back for a second outing in The Pages Between Us series. Read full book review >
DRAGONWATCH by Brandon Mull
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Fans of the series will welcome a new story arc stocked with familiar characters, settings, and adventures. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
After narrowly averting a demon apocalypse in the previous series, Fablehaven sibs Seth and Kendra face a new threat to the world. Read full book review >
BRAVO! by Margarita Engle
Released: March 14, 2017

"An unusually slight offering from an author whose work is usually so compelling. (Picture book/biography/poetry. 8-12)"
This book features the lives of a variety of Latinos who faced life's challenges with aplomb and in their own ways. Read full book review >

GHOSTS & ASHES by F.T. Lukens
Released: March 9, 2017

"Queer science-fiction romance for teens is badly needed, but readers needn't settle for thinly constructed worlds, flat characters, and tepid prose. Try Alexandra Duncan's Sound (2015) instead. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
This sequel to The Star Host (2016) brings a fraught romantic pairing into constant deadly space peril. Read full book review >
THE PANTS PROJECT by Cat Clarke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A fine addition to LGBTQ children's literature. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a few months, Liv effects a major change in his new middle school's antiquated dress code while simultaneously acquiring the courage to come out as transgender. Read full book review >
JOIN THE RESISTANCE by Ben Acker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"An incomplete character arc makes this outing less than satisfying. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Mattis Banz dreams of one day joining the Resistance to defeat the First Order, a looming post-Empire threat. Read full book review >
TRICKED by Jen Calonita
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"The whimsical Grimm reboot continues. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
After her sister is arrested and hauled off to Fairy Tale Reform School, 12-year-old Gilly Cobbler seizes the opportunity to return to her alma mater only to find it changed under its new management. Read full book review >
SYDNEY MACKENZIE KNOCKS 'EM DEAD by Cindy Callaghan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A deeply flawed story of hidden history literally buried within a small white town. (author's note, recipes) (Mystery. 9-13)"
A haunted house helps Sydney make friends in a new community. Read full book review >
ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Teri Kanefield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A solid introduction to a charismatic founding father. (timeline, chapter notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
The contributions and eventful life of founding father Alexander Hamilton are examined and explained. Read full book review >
BIRTHDAYS by Nikki Tate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"The intended audience may find this less interesting than educators and librarians looking for program ideas; nevertheless, a useful book. (glossary, references and resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A survey of birthday customs from ancient times to today's birthday wishes on social media. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >