EVERY LAST DROP by Michelle Mulder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Informative, attractive and alarming—readers will think twice before leaving the water running as they brush their teeth. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
You turn a tap. The water flows: clean and, if not abundantly, at least steadily. You are the lucky one in two humans. Read full book review >
PLASTIC, AHOY! by Patricia Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A sobering introduction and solid demonstration of science research in action. (source notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Student researchers spend three weeks on a small ship investigating plastic residue and its effect on ocean water and marine life in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Read full book review >

SECRETS OF THE SKY CAVES by Sandra K. Athans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though it's too bad the voices of the Nepalese scholars involved are not heard, overall, it's a satisfying exploration. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Mountain climbers, scientists and scholars use their special skills to unearth the mysteries of a cave city in the Himalayas. Read full book review >
SCHOOLS OF HOPE by Norman H. Finkelstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Clean layout and design augment a quality introduction to an important chapter in the history of American education. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Julius Rosenwald, the man responsible for the early-20th-century success of the Sears, Roebuck Co., also improved education for African-Americans who were just decades away from slavery. Read full book review >
THERE WILL BE BEARS by Ryan Gebhart
Released: April 1, 2014

"A quirky, sweet adventure for middle school boys. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Feeling abandoned by his two closest companions, 13-year-old Tyson just wants things to go back to normal—even if that means field dressing his own elk and fighting off a man-eating grizzly bear. Read full book review >

ACROSS A WAR-TOSSED SEA by L.M. Elliott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Likable protagonists and a fascinating historical backdrop combine for a story well-told. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the companion to Under A War-Torn Sky (2003), 14-year-old Charles and his 10-year-old brother, Wesley, feel stranded in the United States after having fled the London Blitz. Read full book review >
WEST OF THE MOON by Margi Preus
Released: April 1, 2014

"Norwegian history, fiction and folklore intertwine seamlessly in this lively, fantastical adventure and moving coming-of-age story. (glossary, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Astri is a goat girl, but she's no Heidi; she's a sharp, stone-hard girl who hasn't yet found the goodness inside herself. Read full book review >
SKINNER'S BANKS by Brad V. Cowan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Exciting skating action and easy-to-relate-to issues but too much going on in too little space. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In the second volume of a Canadian trilogy, 12-year-old skateboarder Cale Finch makes a skate video with the Seven Stair Crew, of which he is newly a member. Read full book review >
LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD by Ava Dellaira
Released: April 1, 2014

"A tighter hand would have given more balance to an otherwise effective and satisfyingly heartbreaking melodrama. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Confiding in dead geniuses helps a teen process her grief and rage. Read full book review >
COLD CALLS by Charles Benoit
Released: April 1, 2014

"Alas, fails to shed light on the all-too-common issue of bullying and its impact on the emotional lives of teens. (Mystery. 12-15)"
Three teens blackmailed into bullying behaviors team up to discover who's behind it. Read full book review >
DEAR KILLER by Katherine Ewell
Released: April 1, 2014

"Chilling and fascinating at the same time, despite flaws. (Suspense. 13-16)"
This unusual and absorbing debut looks at a serial killer through the eyes of the killer herself. Read full book review >
HE HAS SHOT THE PRESIDENT! by Don Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Suitable for avid younger historians and older reluctant readers. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Traditional journalistic questions are applied to Abraham Lincoln's assassination and funeral, as well as the roundup and executions of John Wilkes Booth and his associates. Read full book review >