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THE WICKED WILL RISE  by Danielle Paige
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 31, 2015

"Readers who liked Volume 1 will be perfectly happy waiting with this sequel for the series climax. (Dystopian fantasy. 12 & up)"
In Oz, the rebellion begun in Dorothy Must Die (2014) continues as its players regroup.Read full book review >
COLORS by Sarah Ward
by Sarah Ward, illustrated by Sarah Ward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"A nifty, hardworking introduction to the world of color. (Board book. 6-18 mos.)"
The colors of the rainbow are explored in this multisensory book. Read full book review >

MADAME SONIA DELAUNAY by Gérard Lo Monaco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Children who want to know more (i.e., anything) about Delaunay's life or artistic context will have to look elsewhere, but this bonbon should leave a taste for further enquiry. (thumbnail index includes media and locations) (Pop-up art book. 6-10)"
This small but fulsome tribute to the underrecognized artist/designer pairs pop-up versions of many of her semiabstract works with fanciful interpretive notes. Read full book review >
RESCUE AT LOS BAÑOS by Bruce Henderson
HISTORY
Released: March 31, 2015

"A dramatic story of bravery in which individual personal accounts converge with the waging of war for a riveting history."
Before the colors fade and history replaces memory, Henderson (Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War, 2010, etc.) lucidly narrates a World War II story of captured civilians and their resolute rescuers.Read full book review >
FALL WITH ME by Jennifer L. Armentrout
ROMANCE
Released: March 31, 2015

"Not perfect but escapist and engaging."
Roxanne "Roxy" Ark has been in love with Reece Anders for years without acting on it, but when she faces a number of threats, Reece compels her to acknowledge her danger and their attraction. Read full book review >

THE MOURNING BELLS by Christine Trent
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 31, 2015

"The pace is glacial, despite, or perhaps because of, the extensive and interesting exploration of Victorian mourning practices."
The peculiar Victorian fascination with all aspects of death causes an undertaker to ponder the good and bad features of safety coffins. Read full book review >
DOG EAT DOG by Jake Marcionette
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Jake Mathews' 'AWESOMENESS' is legit, and fans will be clamoring for more. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Wunderkind Marcionette returns with another tale about his gifted preteen, Just Jake (2014). Read full book review >
BLACK DOVE, WHITE RAVEN by Elizabeth Wein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"Unforgettable. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Wein returns to Ethiopia, the setting of her Arthurian adventures, for a high-flying novel about the 1935 Italian invasion. Read full book review >
UNFORGETTABLE by Scott Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"A charming tribute to a remarkable woman and the bond between mother and son."
As he sat at his dying mother's bedside in 2013, Simon (Baby We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption, 2010, etc.), the award-winning host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, tweeted messages to his 1.2 million followers, recording the last moments of his mother's exuberant life.Read full book review >
KILLER GOURMET by G.A. McKevett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 31, 2015

"McKevett proves that marriage doesn't stop the fun, as Savannah and Dirk bicker and banter their way through their 20th case before retiring to the bedroom to enjoy a generous dollop of Chantilly cream for dessert."
This time it's personal for private eye Savannah Reid and her police detective husband, Dirk Coulter (Killer Physique, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
AT THE WATER'S EDGE by Sara Gruen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"At heart, this is an unlikely romance novel. A little too unlikely."
Three spoiled brats from Philadelphia go to Scotland to look for the Loch Ness monster in the middle of World War II. Read full book review >
SO YOU'VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED by Jon Ronson
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 31, 2015

"Another intriguing journey from Ronson, who notes that our social media dark side grows ever darker when we believe we're superior to others—and anonymous."
The author of works about everyday psychopathologies takes a hard look at the dark side of shaming on social media. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >