SAVING STEVIE by Eve Richardson
Released: March 7, 2017

"Minto's narration never quite develops the expected emotional resonance considering the novel's introduction of difficult subject matter. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Thirteen-year-old white Minto learns the hardships of life in a Canadian shantytown while on the run with her infant nephew. Read full book review >
BLACK BLIZZARD by Kristin F. Johnson
Released: March 1, 2017

"Emergency safety advice laced with teen banter makes for a quick read. (Adventure. 12-16)"
A real disaster follows a competitive one for an Arizona teen. Read full book review >

ONE GOOD THING ABOUT AMERICA by Ruth Freeman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"A touching if incomplete fictional glimpse at one immigrant girl's experience. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Congolese immigrant Anaïs adjusts to her new home in Maine over the course of one school year. Read full book review >
SEEKING REFUGE by Irene N. Watts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"A book that invites close reading, this will spark interest in the plight of all refugees. (glossary) (Graphic historical fiction. 10-16)"
An 11-year-old Jewish girl travels alone from Berlin to Great Britain in the Kindertransport of 1938. Read full book review >
GRADUATION DAY by Piotr Parda
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"A possible discussion starter, though enigmatic to a fault. (Picture book. 11-18)"
A subtle reminder that education is a gift no amount of bullying can spoil. Read full book review >

THINGS THAT GROW by Libby Walden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"A gem of a small book, thoughtfully made for small hands and, with its heavy paper and sewn binding, loving handling. (Informational picture book. 6-12)"
A compendium of things in the universe that grow—including the universe itself—presented in an illustrated informational picture book divided into chapters. Read full book review >
THE EARTH BOOK by Jonathan Litton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"Ambitious of scope but a clumsy mismatch. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Litton (Hello World, 2016) and Hegbrook (Storyworlds: Nature, 2016) link up for a large-format "grand pictorial tour of our humble home." Read full book review >
ALEXANDRA THE GREAT by Deborah Aronson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"It's hard to know how much Rachel's story will interest young readers, who aren't old enough to remember her racing career, but it's a decent effort and an overall worthwhile book. (glossary, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A straightforward biography of one of thoroughbred racing's greatest mares. Read full book review >
SIOUX CODE TALKERS OF WORLD WAR II by Andrea M. Page
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"An engagingly written, deeply researched account of a little-known part of World War II. (maps, photos, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The role of Navajo Code Talkers in World War II is fairly well-known, but this informative book reveals the equally important contributions of Sioux Code Talkers who served in the Pacific theater. Read full book review >
A DOG STEALS HOME by Kathleen Schrenk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"A base hit. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Zach is a typically self-absorbed 12-year-old who sees the world only as it relates to him. Read full book review >
FUTURE THREAT by Elizabeth Briggs
Released: March 1, 2017

"A quick and satisfying middle volume that may make readers almost wish it was the end. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
The second installment in Briggs' time-travel trilogy introduces new players and conspiracies that threaten Elena's present and future. Read full book review >
VAMPIRES ON THE RUN by C.M. Surrisi
Released: March 1, 2017

"An unusual approach to vampires with shudders tempered by plenty of humor. Readers will happily welcome back Quinnie and the Maiden Rockers. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Amateur sleuth and wild jumper-to-conclusions Quinnie Boyd is back in a second cozy mystery (The Maypop Kidnapping, 2016)—this time trying to determine if a pair of visiting horror writers are blood-sucking vampires. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >