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 >
CAPRICIOUS by Gabrielle Prendergast
Released: April 1, 2014

"Sensitive and compelling. (Verse fiction. 12-18)"
This verse novel follows a girl juggling two boyfriends and trying to cope with her rival at school. Read full book review >
CHASING CHEETAHS by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another winning combination of elegant design, thoughtful organization and fascinating information. (bibliography, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A trusted pair of wildlife observers introduce Namibian cheetahs and a woman who has taken on the responsibility for saving them. Read full book review >

WHISPER by Chris Struyk-Bonn
Released: April 1, 2014

"A thoughtful dystopian drama. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Struyk-Bonn's debut offers a darkly hopeful take on the universal themes of family and identity.   Read full book review >
DEATH SPIRAL by Janie Chodosh
Released: April 1, 2014

"This science-heavy mystery isn't as smart as it would like to be. (Mystery. 12-17)"
When a junkie dies, no one bothers to ask questions—except her daughter. Read full book review >
DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS by Laini Taylor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Despite being speeded to resolution, an ambitious, gorgeously edgy drama lit up by its coruscating characters and prose. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Destiny and love commingle despite, it sometimes seems, the author's best efforts to prevent them in this culmination to the 1,000-year war between angelic beasts and bestial angels. Read full book review >
THE KING'S DRAGON by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Just a quick side jaunt in the journey, but it's a diversion that adds further depth to a particularly well-wrought tale. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
Chantler puts his ongoing tale of magic, treachery, kidnapping and hot pursuit largely on pause to fill in some back story on the chief pursuer. Read full book review >
SO MUCH FOR DEMOCRACY by Kari Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A thought-provoking study of a family caught up in both political and domestic crises in a foreign land. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Title notwithstanding, historical events in Ghana remain largely offstage as a 12-year-old, recently arrived from Canada, struggles to cope with her mother's descent into a nervous breakdown. Read full book review >
HANDS ON! MATH PROJECTS by Andrew King
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though there is a lot in one place, it's not quite on par with Marilyn Burns' Brown Paper series or David A. Adler's popular books; still it may be useful to those who work with kids in a teaching capacity. (Math activity book. 6-12)"
Lots of hands-on games, activities and challenges allow readers to learn and practice some valuable math skills and concepts. Read full book review >
IMMORTAL MAX by Lutricia Clifton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Pleasant if imperfect, a treat for dog lovers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Will a boy's dream of owning a puppy ever come true? Read full book review >