THE OCTOPUS SCIENTISTS by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"Science in the field at its best. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
An international team of scientists with varied focuses work together on a remote South Pacific island to study octopus behaviors. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE by Robin Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 2015

"Here's hoping for more hard-boiled detecting from Wilcox and Griswold! (Mystery. 5-9)"
Two police mice, one missing cake, a bunch of suspects—it's a big case! Read full book review >

THE FIRST CASE by Ulf Nilsson
Kirkus Star
by Ulf Nilsson, illustrated by Gitte Spee, translated by Julia Marshall
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"The only sadness is that Volume 2 isn't immediately available. (Mystery. 4-10)"
Who are the scurvy thieves loose in the woodland district? Read full book review >
FLUTTER AND HUM/ALETEO Y ZUMBIDO by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Readers would be hard-pressed to find a snappier introduction to language appreciation, poetry and vocabulary enrichment. (author's notes) (Bilingual picture book/poetry. 3-10)"
A striking exploration of the animal kingdom in bilingual poems. Read full book review >
FINDING SOMEPLACE by Denise Lewis Patrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A perfect storm of suspense and fine character building. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Anticipation, fear, excitement, and dread coalesce as a girl's 13th birthday collides with a terrible force of nature: Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >

THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Luminescent, just like the artwork it celebrates. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Traumatized by his father's recent death, a boy throws a brick at an old man who collects junk in his neighborhood and winds up on probation working for him. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF RESCUE by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A fine, superbly illustrated tale of adventure, bravery, and loyalty. (Adventure. 8-13)"
A cattle dog rescues a family caught in a blizzard in this middle-grade adventure. Read full book review >
ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A multilayered novel set in turbulent times explores music's healing power. Read full book review >