THE WORLD WITHOUT US by Robin Stevenson
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Dialogue bobbles aside, commendably on topic. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Jeremy is trying to talk Melody into jumping off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Florida at the opening of this look at both what motivates someone to suicide and how people cope with the aftermath of a failed attempt. Read full book review >
HERO by Sarah  Lean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A compelling, thought-provoking story about the fights and brave acts—big and small, acclaimed and unattributed—that define us. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Young Leo learns that being a hero isn't about the accolades. Read full book review >

FINDING THE WORM by Mark Goldblatt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Goldblatt's outstanding tale ponders a timeless, universal dilemma as a remarkable boy seeks to reconcile the heartbreak and uplift that punctuate his life. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Goldblatt's sequel to Twerp (2013) chronicles the momentous events of Julian's seventh-grade year.Read full book review >
REBELLION by Stephanie Diaz
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Implausibly unintelligent characters populate this tired plot. (Science fiction. 12-17)"
Clementine must rally resistance against an evil government. Read full book review >
RUBY REDFORT CATCH YOUR DEATH by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Not exactly a high-tension page-turner, but an entertaining escapade with an offbeat whiff. (multiple afterwords) (Mystery. 9-14)"
Teenage spy-in-training Ruby Redfort sniffs out something rotten in the town of Twinford in her third outing. Read full book review >

INVENTIONS THAT COULD HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD...BUT DIDN'T! by Joe Rhatigan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Casual browsers will come away mightily amused; would-be inventors will find here fresh inspiration, as well as encouragement to give their own wildest ideas a try. (resource list, subject and inventor indexes) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
From "Smell-O-Vision" to a motorized pogo stick and an edible smartphone case, this romp through Patent Office records is a hilarious tribute to misapplied ingenuity. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A warm portrait of a modern baseball icon. (statistics, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Throughout his career Hall of Famer Pedro Martínez acknowledged his brother's encouragement as a major factor in his success. Read full book review >
DOGS ARE PEOPLE, TOO by Dave Coverly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"'The secret to life is TREATS!' intones a canine yogi. With that, at least, even diapered dog devotees will concur. (Cartoons. 10-13, adult)"
A large collection of dog-themed cartoons from the creator of the syndicated panel "Speed Bump," punctuated with snapshots and fond reminiscences of his own real pooches. Read full book review >
WHEN REASON BREAKS by Cindy L. Rodriguez
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A sharply drawn, emotionally resonant tale of two girls—one gripped by uncontrollable rage, the other by unrelenting numbness—that will speak to many teens. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two young women struggle with family and school pressure, finding support in a kind, principled teacher in this contemporary novel featuring alternating narrators. Read full book review >
MOONPENNY ISLAND by Tricia  Springstubb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Poetic and poignant, Springstubb's tale of friendship, loss, hope and heartache is so fresh and honest it will resonate widely. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When one of an inseparable pair of friends is sent away, the other's life turns upside down. Read full book review >
INHERIT MIDNIGHT by Kate Kae Myers
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Recommended for reality TV fans and genealogy buffs. (Thriller. 12-15)"
After she's caught escaping her harsh boarding school, Avery reluctantly enters the competition devised by her imperious grandmother to determine who among the mostly despicable VanDemere clan will inherit the family business and fortune. Read full book review >
UTOPIA, IOWA by Brian Yansky
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Alas, not as much fun as it should be. (Paranormal mystery. 12-16)"
A small town's population is paranormally gifted in this new mystery. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >