ITCH ROCKS by Simon Mayo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A satisfying continuation of Itch's adventures as an element-hunter superhero. (Adventure. 10-15)"
Itchingham "Itch" Lofte is back and ready to prove that sometimes kids are better than adults at saving the world. Read full book review >
HOT DOG! ELEANOR ROOSEVELT THROWS A PICNIC by Leslie Kimmelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A captivating introductory piece for budding history buffs. (Picture book. 7-12)"
When the first official visit by a British royal to the United States since independence is scheduled in 1939, Eleanor Roosevelt hosts an all-American picnic. Read full book review >

WORLD WAR I FOR KIDS by R. Kent Rasmussen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A solid exploration of a horrific war that unfortunately didn't turn out to be "the war to end all wars." (timeline, resources, source notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A comprehensive study of the Great War, emphasizing the changes the war brought and how it shaped our modern world. Read full book review >
HIDDEN by Loïc Dauvillier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"No book can sum up all of the Holocaust, but this graphic novel seems to contain every possible human emotion. Remarkably, most of the time, it does it with an oval and two dots. (Graphic historical fiction. 6-13)"
The most moving scenes of this graphic novel have no words at all. Read full book review >
JASMINE AND MADDIE by Christine Pakkala
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"While no new ground is covered in Pakkala's novel, the spot-on cover will entice readers who will identify with the pain of middle school, enjoy the well-developed secondary characters and applaud the girls' growth. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Can two seemingly opposite girls become friends? Read full book review >

EARTHRISE by Edgar Mitchell
Released: April 1, 2014

"This fascinating insider account of astronaut training and the transformative experience of traveling to the moon will especially appeal to readers with an interest in astronomy and space travel. (chronology, websites, bibliography) (Memoir. 12-16)"
A member of the Apollo 14 mission and the sixth person to walk on the moon chronicles his life experiences leading up to that defining event and how it changed him forever afterward. Read full book review >
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers will empathize as April displays spunk and resilience in addressing her mistakes and remaining true to herself. (Fiction. 11-14)"
April's much-anticipated eighth-grade year rapidly devolves into a debacle. Read full book review >
A MATTER OF SOULS by Denise Lewis Patrick
Released: April 1, 2014

Eight short stories with long memory cut to the quick—all the more as they could be true.

Patrick's tales from the distant and not-so-distant past shed fresh light on interracial and intraracial conflicts that shape and often distort the realities of African-Americans. Read full book review >

JACK THE CASTAWAY by Lisa Doan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers who are list makers should make sure this series opener is included. (Adventure. 8-12)"
All Jack Berenson wants is to go to school like a normal sixth-grader and come home to parents who work regular, old 9-to-5 jobs, but life with Richard and Claire Berenson is anything but normal. Read full book review >
ON A SCALE FROM IDIOT TO COMPLETE JERK by Alison Hughes
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though it attempts Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it achieves lengthy science report. Skippable. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Can a scientific study explain jerk-ish behavior, and will it earn J.J. a passing grade? Read full book review >
THE STOWAWAYS by Meghan Marentette
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"In the tradition of memorable mouse heroes, the Stowaways deliver page-turning, cliffhanging, heartwarming, first-rate adventure. (map) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
An adventure-seeking mouse leaves the safety of home to search for his missing grandfather in the terrifying World Beyond, with perilous consequences. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS by Shannon Hale
Released: April 1, 2014

"A change of pace that largely succeeds, showing that Hale's range is wider than her readers might have expected. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Fairy-tale-telling Hale tackles straight-up science fiction in a tale seemingly tailor-made to forestall complaints about lovelorn teen heroines and all-white casts of characters. Read full book review >