ON A SCALE FROM IDIOT TO COMPLETE JERK by Alison Hughes
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though it attempts Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it achieves lengthy science report. Skippable. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Can a scientific study explain jerk-ish behavior, and will it earn J.J. a passing grade? Read full book review >
THE STOWAWAYS by Meghan Marentette
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"In the tradition of memorable mouse heroes, the Stowaways deliver page-turning, cliffhanging, heartwarming, first-rate adventure. (map) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
An adventure-seeking mouse leaves the safety of home to search for his missing grandfather in the terrifying World Beyond, with perilous consequences. Read full book review >

DANGEROUS by Shannon Hale
Released: April 1, 2014

"A change of pace that largely succeeds, showing that Hale's range is wider than her readers might have expected. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Fairy-tale-telling Hale tackles straight-up science fiction in a tale seemingly tailor-made to forestall complaints about lovelorn teen heroines and all-white casts of characters. Read full book review >
BOMBS OVER BIKINI by Connie Goldsmith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"A critically flawed chronicle of a significant chapter in the Cold War nuclear arms race. (source notes, glossary, further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
A brief chronicle of the nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands from 1946 until 1958, in which the U.S. military detonated 67 atom and hydrogen bombs over the region's Bikini and Enewetak atolls. Read full book review >
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 >