THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL by Simon Schwartz
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though important both culturally and historically, unfortunately what should be haunting is less than. (glossary, timeline, map) (Graphic memoir. 12-18)"
A stark and pensive glimpse at a young boy's family as they immigrate to West Berlin prior to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2015

"A chilling exposé. (Nonfiction. 13-18)"
So very rarely is anything perfect, but when the legal process malfunctions, the result can be the horror of unjust incarceration. Read full book review >

PRAIRIE FIRE by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2015

"Grand, heartbreaking, ennobling and unforgettable. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
This follow-up to the acclaimed The Story of Owen (2014) is part adventure, part alternative history, part friendship story, part ecological fable and all heroic saga.Read full book review >
THE NITTY-GRITTY GARDENING BOOK by Kari Cornell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Shortcomings aside, garden projects for preteens are always welcome, and Cornell includes excellent resources for further endeavors. (glossary, bibliography, websites, sources for supplies, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Cornell presents gardening basics and a dozen projects, arranged by season. Read full book review >
BIG STAR OTTO by Bill Slavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"For devotees of Asterix and perhaps Tintin, but not for everyone. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Otto's in Hollywood, but he doesn't care about stardom; he wants his best friend, Georgie. Read full book review >

QUAKE by Patrick Carman
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"An engaging end to a well-developed arc. (Dystopian romance. 13-16)"
This final installment in the Pulse trilogy starts up only moments after the ending of Tremor (2013), and the action never lets up.Read full book review >
LES MISÉRABLES by Victor Hugo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"An epic muddle, all in all. (Graphic fiction. 10-13)"
In typically buoyant cartoons, Williams presents a précis of Hugo's epic. Read full book review >
MISSION TITANIC by Jude Watson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"More of the same. (Adventure. 10-12)"
A mysterious Outcast threatens to usurp Ian Kabra's place as the head of the world's most powerful family. Read full book review >
HALF A MAN by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A sorrowful yet ultimately redeeming tale. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A grandson's loving homage to his war-scarred grandfather. Read full book review >
ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A multilayered novel set in turbulent times explores music's healing power. Read full book review >
MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Sweet but ultimately unsatisfying. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After the death of her beloved grandmother, a girl travels to Paris with her mother and finds solace and resolution. Read full book review >
DREAMFIRE by Kit Alloway
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A dark and exciting paranormal adventure that will keep patient genre fans up late. (Paranormal romance. 13-18)"
Joshlyn is expert at entering and resolving others' nightmares, but there's a new and forceful evil plaguing the Dream world that even she can't beat. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >