SMEK FOR PRESIDENT! by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"This sequel shares the strengths of its predecessor: the loving friendship between Tip and J.Lo, the respect for the absurd, and the social consciences of the teen protagonist and her ET BFF. (Science fiction. 11-15)"
Gratuity "Tip" Tucci doesn't see why her mom won't let a 13-year-old who saved the world take an off-planet vacation.Read full book review >
BLUES FOR ZOEY by Robert Paul Weston
Released: Feb. 8, 2015

"A great twist doesn't make a great book. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A workaholic teen makes an unusual friend. Read full book review >

THE OATHBREAKER'S SHADOW by Amy McCulloch
Released: Feb. 8, 2015

"Readers who stick it out to the action-packed climax will be curious about what's coming next. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
The first of a two-book adventure series sends a gifted warrior-in-training out into the desert to die. Read full book review >
PAINT by Jennifer Dance
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2015

"Next time, Dance should focus on a single agenda or, better yet, tell a single story. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A paint horse spends her life with several different owners on the Great Plains of the late 1800s. Read full book review >
FISH IN A TREE by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012) will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Hunt draws a portrait of dyslexia and getting along. Read full book review >

SCRIPTED by Maya Rock
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"An effective, suspenseful dystopia for a wide audience. (Dystopian romance. 12-18)"
Not all is blissful on Bliss Island, where a whole community lives in a reality show dystopia decades after a world war. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by William Kamkwamba
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Compelling and informative for a broad readership and a good addition to STEM collections. (map, prologue, photographs, epilogue, acknowledgments) (Memoir. 11-16)"
The author and his collaborator have condensed the original memoir of the same name, a story of an innovative and compassionate boy coming of age during an era of extreme hardship in Malawi. Read full book review >
DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Juvenilia from a genius, showing bright signs of future masterworks. (introduction) (Short stories. 10-12)"
Fourteen rollicking tales, most of which were written when the author was a teenager and published over 40 years ago in his local newspaper. Read full book review >
BET YOUR LIFE by Jane Casey
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A perfectly serviceable potboiler. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Teen gumshoe Jess Tennant investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding a local boy's "accident." Read full book review >
DINOSAUR BOY by Cory Putman Oakes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An entertaining barrel ride past sheaves of middle-grade themes from bullying to racial identity. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Just getting to his seat in fifth grade becomes an ordeal for Sawyer after he develops the tail and back plates of a stegosaurus over the summer. Read full book review >
FINDING SERENDIPITY by Angelica Banks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An original, wholehearted affirmation of the written word and the imagination. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A middle-grade fantasy about the magic in writing stories. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN ZERO by Chris Rylander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Both established fans of Agent Zero and those new to the series will surely find Carson a funny and endearing mini-Bond, right down to the supercool gadgets. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Fresh off a stint as an "actual, real-life" secret agent who almost singlehandedly saved the world, Carson Fender, aka Agent Zero, is having trouble adjusting to post-mission life as an ordinary seventh-grader back in North Dakota. 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 >