THE CLANDESTINE HISTORY OF THE KOVNO JEWISH GHETTO POLICE by Samuel Schalkowsky
HISTORY
Released: April 25, 2014

"Amid all the unspeakable brutality, cruelty, fear, loss and despair, hope somehow lingers until the final gunshot."
Some unknown members of the ghetto police chart both their own brief histories and the darkness of the human soul during the Holocaust in Lithuania. Read full book review >
THE ANARCHIST by Joanna Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2014

"Serviceable but not at all memorable. The reader new to this history will be better served reading Goldman's own autobiography and Wallace Stegner's like-minded, much superior novel Joe Hill."
Listless historical novel that centers on events in a particularly turbulent era in America's past, a time of bombs, bullets and ample deaths.  Read full book review >

BLACK LIES, RED BLOOD by Kjell Eriksson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 29, 2014

"Eriksson (The Hand that Trembles, 2011, etc.) adds each piece of his complex murder puzzle to the picture with masterly control, and the heroine at the center of it all is compelling."
Police inspector Ann Lindell tackles an investigation that's painfully close to home. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 29, 2014

"On this centennial of the Great War's beginning, Wawro has composed a thoroughly researched and well-written account, mercilessly debunking any nostalgia for the old monarch and the deeply dysfunctional empire over which he presided."
A distinguished historian's takedown of the Austro-Hungarian Empire's spectacularly inept leadership, which helped usher in the 20th century's greatest tragedy. Read full book review >
A PET FOR FLY GUY by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014

"Readers will agree that being a pet isn't a bad life, as long as you have a good pet keeper. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy and his pet fly, Fly Guy, learn that being a friend has lots of similarities to being a pet. Read full book review >

GRAVITY by Jason Chin
Kirkus Star
by Jason Chin, illustrated by Jason Chin
Released: April 29, 2014

"With an elegant, spare text and playful, daring pictures, Chin's latest opus exerts a powerful pull all its own. ("More about Gravity," bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
After stunning explorations of the Galápagos Islands and California's redwoods, Chin turns literally high-concept for a study of gravity's pull. Read full book review >
A BUCKET OF BLESSINGS by Kabir Sehgal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014

"Books born to carry a message are burdened by that baggage; this is no exception. (authors' note) (Picture book. 3-5)"
Deep in the jungle, the animals are experiencing a drought. Read full book review >
THE GIRL AND THE BICYCLE by Mark Pett
Released: April 29, 2014

"Like an old black-and-white movie, this companion to The Boy and the Airplane (2013) will remain charming and relevant—the old story about what you get when you give never really gets old. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A girl spies a gleaming bike in a shop window and decides to earn enough money doing yardwork to buy it. Read full book review >
BEAUTY QUEEN by Deborrah Himsel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"Incisive reading for both women and men about the dynamics of corporate leadership."
A leadership consultant examines business executive Andrea Jung's tenure as Avon CEO and the lessons her rise to and fall from power offer those seeking to climb the corporate ladder. Read full book review >
I AM OTTER by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014

"Hysterical. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bright and hilarious escapade about an otter who, bored while her owner's at work, opens a toast restaurant. Read full book review >
SAVING LUCAS BIGGS by Marisa de los Santos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014

"Strong storytelling, suspense, lyrical writing, high drama, weighty matters made accessible and a bit of humor add up to a terrific and heartwarming read. (Mystery/fantasy. 9-12)"
The authors, a husband-and-wife writing team, seamlessly incorporate heavy social-justice issues—fracking for natural gas in 2014 and a coal-mining protest in 1938—into a riveting time-travel adventure story. Read full book review >
TEASE by Amanda Maciel
Released: April 29, 2014

"An emotional, deftly paced and heartbreaking first novel. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An intense examination of bullying from a seldom-heard-from side: the bully's. Read full book review >