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 >
DANNY BLACKGOAT, RUGGED ROAD TO FREEDOM by Tim Tingle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A suspenseful middle volume. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
A resourceful young Navajo's efforts to rescue his family are complicated by dust-ups with a violent gang of slave traders in the second episode of this Civil War-era trilogy (Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner, 2013). Read full book review >

FILE UNDER by Lemony Snicket
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Fans can still look forward to Volume 3 of All the Wrong Questions, coming in October 2014: fabulous (which here means "very good" rather than "not real"). (Mystery/short stories. 8-14)"
How many mysteries lurk in the no-longer-seaside town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea? Thirteen. Read full book review >
SON WHO RETURNS by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Free of crises and melodrama, a buoyant take on the theme of embracing one's family heritage. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Powwow drums call a modern teen to reconnect with his Native American roots. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF JESUS by Bill O'Reilly
Released: April 1, 2014

"Insofar as the reading level of the book for adults is on a par with this effort—for the most part, only the substance has been simplified—it's hard to see the value of this iteration. (source list, recommended reading) (Biography. 12-15)"
This distillation of the best-selling Killing Jesus: A History (2013) retains the original's melodramatic tone and present-tense narration. Also its political agenda. Read full book review >

WIND DANCER by Chris Platt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not ground-breaking but one of Platt's better works; horse-crazy kids will love it, as always. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Platt returns with another well-worn horse story. Read full book review >
ROSE AND THE LOST PRINCESS by Holly Webb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Enjoyable magical adventure enlivened by an engaging group of secondary characters from all backgrounds and realms. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Rose, an orphan who works as a housemaid while studying magic, helps save a princess from an evil magician. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL KEYHAND by Jen Swann Downey
Released: April 1, 2014

"Well worth a spot on library shelves…but it won't stay there long. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A frustrated would-be hero from New Jersey and her teenage slacker brother fall into a library that lies outside of time. Chaos ensues. Read full book review >
IF by Rudyard Kipling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"The poem is widely available in collections, but this rendition—an ethereal alternative to the edition illustrated with photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr. (2007)—makes a lovely keepsake. (introduction) (Picture book. 8-12)"
Though at times symbolic or only obliquely related to the adjacent lines, Manna's graceful images lend luminous visual notes to Kipling's stately prescription for maturity. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER EXPERIMENT by Cathie Pelletier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Still, the science-fiction theme provides an interesting twist to a heartfelt depiction of a summer of emerging self-realization. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
After huge craft that might be alien spaceships appear in the skies above remote Allagash, Maine, 11-year-old Roberta investigates. Read full book review >
SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell
Released: April 1, 2014

Constance "Cricket" Montgomery is horrified when, as a semipunishment, her wealthy father nixes her vacation to Maui and sends her to work at Camp I Can "with a bunch of retards" and a strict counselor who knows Cricket mysteriously well.

The only thing keeping her sane in a "[h]andicapped hell" of "[s]mashed-in, dog-faces who can actually use the toilet" is Quinn, a Zac Efron look-alike who sees beyond her privileged upbringing and spurs her to notice the funny and poignant "moments" that highlight the campers' human qualities. Read full book review >

WICKED HUNGER by Delsheree Gladden
Released: April 1, 2014

"The pairing of a formulaic start and formula-breaking ending makes the book ideal for paranormal-romance readers seeking a new spin on the familiar. (Paranormal romance. 13-17)"
Teenage siblings with a dark secret find their lives complicated by the arrival of a mysterious girl. Read full book review >