BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"A worthy addition to the immigrant bookshelf. Though targeted at the Christian market, the book should have wider appeal."
With assistance from Downs (Wonders Never Cease, 2010, etc.), dermatologist Chung chronicles his family's flight from communist rule in Vietnam to their subsequent life in America. Read full book review >
A WINDOW ON ETERNITY by Edward O. Wilson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 22, 2014

"A big story about a small place with an ageless appreciation and discernment it would be criminal to ignore."
The rebirth of a premier nature reserve in Mozambique, recounted in a gentle storytelling style by noted Harvard entomologist Wilson (Letters to a Young Scientist, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

STRUCK BY GENIUS by Jason Padgett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"An exquisite insider's look into the mysteries of consciousness."
When Padgett suffered a traumatic brain injury after a violent mugging, his sense of perception was profoundly altered. Overnight, his life as a fun-loving salesman changed into one dominated by unprompted geometric visualizations and the unexpected insights of newfound mathematical brilliance. Read full book review >
CAMP REX by Molly Idle
by Molly Idle, illustrated by Molly Idle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"What adventure's next? (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fresh from the pages of Tea Rex (2013), Cordelia, her younger brother and his teddy this time join their dino pals for a camping expedition. Read full book review >
DIGGER DOG by William Bee
Released: April 22, 2014

"Digger-obsessed children will be enthralled, though others may easily pass on this one-note dog. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Digger Dog is obsessed with finding buried bones, but will he be able to dig up the world's largest? Read full book review >

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"While it is wonderful to see a book featuring Latina characters who are proud Americans, the promotion of idealized visions of life in the United States and the immigrant experience makes it a distinctly one-sided treatment. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
An intergenerational ode to a positive United States immigration experience. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF THE SEASONS by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Incorporating both a story and solid science in an engaging way, this is an accessible and welcome addition to the sometimes-confusing reasons-for-the-seasons shelf. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Alice, who formerly discovered The Secrets of the Garden (2012), is back to explore the seasons with her friend Zack and her little brother, Pete (and, of course, the two intelligent chickens that provide expert commentary). Read full book review >
THE LION AND THE MOUSE by Jenny Broom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Almost too squeaky-clean to be much fun. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A lackluster take on the well-worn Aesop's fable that does not stand up as well as other picture-book interpretations, notably Jerry Pinkney's masterful wordless version. Read full book review >
BORDER INSECURITY by Sylvia Longmire
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 22, 2014

"A compelling narrative that brings clarity to a subject shrouded in prejudice and obfuscation."
Throwing big money at the border with Mexico to build fences and buy high-tech gizmos isn't the way to achieve security, argues the author of Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug War (2011). Read full book review >
TYLER MAKES A BIRTHDAY CAKE! by Tyler Florence
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Like most desserts, sweet and enjoyable but not essential. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Food Network star chef Florence and esteemed graphic artist Frazier serve up a third entry about cooking and food origins. Read full book review >
LITTLE LOLA by Julie Saab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"The duo promises further adventures for their little clothed kitty—she's off to a good start. (Picture book. 4-6)"
What kind of adventure will Little Lola have? Read full book review >
ABUELO by Arthur Dorros
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"This book succeeds at both specificity and universality, presenting the distinct culture of the gaucho cowboy and the plains of South America through a story that will resonate broadly with many children and families. (Picture book. 4-7)"
More than 20 years after Abuela, illustrated by Elisa Kleven (1991), Dorros offers a gentle story of the lessons a grandfather imparts to his grandson while riding horses together on the plains before the boy moves to the city. Read full book review >