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 >
Released: April 1, 2014

"A smart, accessible introduction to an important and interesting topic. (source notes, glossary, further reading and viewing, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The way humans use nonverbal cues—sometimes willingly, sometimes accidentally—is explored in a lively presentation for young readers. Read full book review >

UNDERWORLD by Jane Price
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Sheds plenty of light into dark places, but best for flip-through browsing, as the tunneling goes in arbitrary directions. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A scattershot but revealing dig beneath our planet's surface, illustrated with a mix of photos and schematic cutaways. Read full book review >
LANDING ON MY FEET by Adelaide Godwin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2014

"A lightweight tale of odds overcome; too bad the unusually talkative supporting cast shoulders most of the load and shines more brightly than the supposed protagonist. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
Turning an apparently real incident into spun sugar, Godwin sends a Spanish feral cat, trapped and transported far from home, on a feline odyssey. Read full book review >
MOONFLOWER by Angela J. Townsend
Released: March 31, 2014

"This sweet, chaste entry into the world of romantic fantasy could have been so much more. (Paranormal romance. 12-16)"
Tragically orphaned when young, a Seattle teen struggles to fit in then confronts demons in an isolated Russian village. Read full book review >

BATTLE OF THE BEASTS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2014

"A dark action-adventure-fantasy with surprising heart. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
House of Secrets' (2013) happy ending gives way to new problems for the Walker children, both in reality and in writer-wizard Denver Kristoff's pulpy genre-book worlds. Read full book review >
THE WINTER HORSES by Philip Kerr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2014

"A worthwhile-enough read for kids particularly interested in history and/or horses. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Kerr, well-known for his best-selling World War II thrillers for adults (A Man Without Breath, 2013, etc.), enters YA territory with a compelling but ultimately flawed tale of saving the last Przewalski's horses from Nazi invaders.  Read full book review >
WHERE THE ROCK SPLITS THE SKY by Philip Webb
Released: March 25, 2014

"For Western aficionados who don't mind alien outlaws in their shoot'em-ups. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
In a bizarre post-apocalyptic future, Megan Bridgwater's world is defined by Western garb, gab and clichés. Read full book review >
A PHANTOM ENCHANTMENT by Eve Marie Mont
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Keep expectations in check, sit back and enjoy Paris (the most memorable character) vicariously. (author's note) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Lightweight but amusing, the Unbound Trilogy's conclusion takes on Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera, and its myriad variations.  Read full book review >
SMASHER by Scott Bly
Released: March 25, 2014

"An unusual premise vibrates with a combination of science and magic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A robot girl transports Charlie from medieval Europe to a futuristic Los Angeles with the explanation that only he can save the world. Read full book review >
HALF BAD by Sally Green
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Nathan's harrowing quest to build a father-son relationship will compel readers to the sequel even if the slim romantic subplot and looming threat of the Council do not. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A teenage witch persecuted from birth must find his father, the most notoriously evil witch alive, or die. Read full book review >
Released: March 25, 2014

"Engle's new offering contains moments of true poetic beauty, but these choices detract from an otherwise lovely, enlightening book. (author's note, selected bibliography) (Historical fiction/verse. 10-14)"
A poetic exploration of the construction of the Panama Canal. Read full book review >