BLOOD DIARIES by Marissa Moss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2014

"Crisis averted, at the end, Edgar is left looking ahead with fresh confidence to seventh grade. Happily, a planned sequel will allow readers to follow him there. (recipe for "Chocolate Blood Pudding") (Light fantasy. 10-12)"
With understandable difficulty, a sixth-grader with a mighty secret tries to earn acceptance from both his human schoolmates and his undead family. Read full book review >
OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord
Released: April 19, 2014

"Lord successfully adapts classic elements of adult romance novels into a love story gentle enough for younger readers. (Romance. 12-18)"
Reagan joins her best friend Delilah's summer concert tour to escape some poor decisions and break some bad habits, finding romance and complication instead. Read full book review >

BIG FAT DISASTER by Beth Fehlbaum
Released: April 18, 2014

"Colby's experiences, while extreme, ring true, and the fast pace, lively and profane dialogue, and timely topic make it a quick and enjoyable read. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Colby's life as the heavy daughter of a disapproving former Miss Texas beauty queen is difficult enough, but it gets worse very quickly once she discovers a photo of her politician father kissing another woman. Read full book review >
LOST IN THOUGHT by Cara Bertrand
Released: April 18, 2014

"For genre fans only. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
This debut sends a paranormally afflicted teen to a posh school with a secret in this familiar-feeling series opener. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A MIDNIGHT EERIE by Gordon McAlpine
Released: April 17, 2014

"A lightweight gumbo of jokes, codes, treasure, history, mystery and assorted literary references. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The psychically linked twins lay a pair of New Orleans ghosts to rest while surviving a new threat to their lives in this second episode. Read full book review >

THERE WILL COME A TIME by Carrie  Arcos
Released: April 15, 2014

"Readers need not have lost someone dear to appreciate Mark's odyssey, as Arcos' compelling and likable characters will draw them in. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A sad and sweet story about coming to terms with loss. Read full book review >
GAIJIN by Matt Faulkner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"An accessible account about a dark—and still too-little-known—moment in American history. (author's note, resources) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
After the United States enters World War II, a half-Japanese teen and his white mother find themselves interned at the Alameda Downs Assembly Center. Read full book review >
POPULAR by Maya Van Wagenen
Released: April 15, 2014

"A fascinating and unusual slice-of-life work whose humor will best be appreciated by younger teens. (Memoir. 12-16)"
An interesting and earnest memoir of a social experiment conducted by a contemporary eighth-grader who follows the advice in a popularity guide written for 1950s-era teens and blogged the experience for one school year. Read full book review >
A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES by Soman Chainani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"The closing volume should tie up those loose ends with, if the first two volumes are indicators, wild swings of terror and hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a middle volume framed as a battle of the sexes, the author pulls some clever switcheroos (The School for Good and Evil, 2013). Read full book review >
ALSO KNOWN AS ELVIS by James Howe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"With its companions, it's a powerful affirmation of friendship, compassion and the right to be accepted for who we are. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Over a decade has passed for readers since The Misfits (2001) introduced the Gang of Five, four seventh-grade outsiders who've got one another's backs; for Bobby, Joe, Addie and Skeezie, a year's gone by. Read full book review >
PAINTING THE RAINBOW by Amy Gordon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"A story about a tumultuous family that lacks a certain element of hardship needed to make a book truly gripping. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two young cousins try to recapture the feeling of summertime fun during a fraught vacation at their family's lake house, a summer overshadowed by the mystery of their uncle's long-ago death. Read full book review >
LORDS OF TRILLIUM by Hilary Wagner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Fast-paced and full of intrigue, this is one fantasy lovers won't want to miss. (Animal fantasy. 9-12)"
The third volume of the Nightshade Chronicles (Nightshade City, 2010; The White Assassin, 2011) is as entertaining as it is satisfying. Read full book review >