Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

DIGGER AND DAISY GO TO THE CITY  by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"If taken to heart, a beginning reader with lasting impact. (Early reader. 4-6)"
In their fourth sibling adventure, Digger and Daisy are as fresh and curious as when readers first encountered them (Digger and Daisy Go to the Zoo, 2013); at this pace, there'll be no issues about ever having to grow up.Read full book review >
BEARS DON'T READ! by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A combination of farce and fun, this will tickle pre-readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
George the bear is bored. Read full book review >

THIS STRANGE WILDERNESS by Nancy Plain
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A superb introduction to the life and times of a great American artist and naturalist. (appendix, glossary, source notes, bibliography, illustration credits, index) (Biography. 9-14)"
John James Audubon's 1838 masterpiece, The Birds of America, "marked the beginning of modern ornithology," and this volume dramatizes the life and times of the man who devoted his life to creating it.Read full book review >
LUCIFER'S PROMISE by Alan Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"A complex, thought-provoking story that defies genre conventions to remind us of difficult questions and tangled answers."
Thompson's new novel is equal parts legal thriller, medical ethics conundrum and old-fashioned murder mystery. Read full book review >
THE BUS RIDE by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Good for imagination and travel, this merry bus ride has glimmers of 'Little Red Riding Hood' but is entirely itself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Clara (named only on the book jacket) narrates her own story of the first time she goes to Grandma's house on the bus by herself. Read full book review >

P. ZONKA LAYS AN EGG by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Charming, unusual and sure to induce smiles. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hen P. Zonka annoys the other chickens in the yard: Instead of laying eggs, she spends her time carefully observing, and marveling at, the natural world around her. Read full book review >
IS IT PASSOVER YET? by Chris Barash
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A joyful and inviting prelude to the weeklong celebration and observance. (Picture book/religion. 3-5)"
Spring's arrival ushers in budding trees, chirping birds, and the sprucing up of house and home that lets Jewish children know the holiday of Passover is almost upon them. Read full book review >
THE SOCK THIEF by Ana Crespo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Idyllic, and if anywhere needs an idyll, a Brazilian favela is a fine candidate.(Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Felipe may be relatively poor, but he's rich in imagination when it comes to entertainment. Read full book review >
PARTY CROC! by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The importance of keeping promises is delivered with a hearty dose of humor, making this a book to return to. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-8)"
A jolly Zimbabwean folk tale teaches the importance of keeping promises. Read full book review >
A TALE OF TWO BEASTS by Fiona Roberton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Totally delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What really happened in the woods?Read full book review >
BIGGIE by Derek E. Sullivan
Released: March 1, 2015

"A bighearted story that will have readers rooting for Henry 'Biggie' Abbott. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In Sullivan's debut novel, an obese and lonely high school boy dreams of love, pitching a perfect game and finding his place in the world. Read full book review >
DISAPPEAR HOME by Laura Hurwitz
Released: March 1, 2015

"This realistic debut inspires with a grounded heroine who comes of age as she 'disappears home.' (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A teen growing up in an out-of-control hippie commune in Oregon in 1970 discovers what it's like to have a stable home when she's transplanted to rural California. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >