STORY THIEVES by James Riley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A droll and clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation. (Fantasy. 10-12)
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The fourth wall suffers major breaches as young characters from a popular fantasy series and the "real real world" join forces to battle threats in both. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF STORMS by Ruth Hatfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2015

"A powerfully conceived and executed story that adds a wholly original element to the fantasy genre. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Confident storytelling lays a solid foundation for Book 1 of this original middle-grade fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >

WHALE TRAILS, BEFORE AND NOW by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This inventive look at maritime history has significant modern child appeal. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
The young first mate on the Cuffee sightseeing boat, descendant of generations of men who worked whaling ships, compares whaling long ago with a whale-watching excursion today.Read full book review >
28 DAYS by Charles R. Smith Jr.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A stellar achievement for the whole year—not just its shortest month. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Three pivotal Supreme Court cases, one amendment, and 25 great men and women make for memorable entries. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Vivid details and the immediacy of Lowery's voice make this a valuable primary document as well as a pleasure to read. (Memoir. 11-16)"
In 1965, Lynda Blackmon Lowery turned 15 during the three-day voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Read full book review >

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Set against a backdrop of war and sacrifice, Ada's personal fight for freedom and ultimate triumph are cause for celebration. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Ada discovers there are worse things than bombs after she escapes her Mam's cruelty during a children's evacuation of World War II London. Read full book review >
EARMUFFS FOR EVERYONE! by Meghan McCarthy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"While Greenwood was indeed an interesting character, the more valuable—even revolutionary—takeaway is that history isn't necessarily reliable; it can change, and McCarthy's genius is that she communicates this so easily to her audience. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
A look not just at the invention (or not) of earmuffs, but at the process of inventing and the way that history can rewrite itself. Read full book review >
WANGARI MAATHAI by Franck Prévot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This slim but emphatic biography stands out among others about Wangari Maathai with its well-crafted treatment of political issues. (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Wangari Maathai's biographical details, including, of course, her creation of Kenya's Green Belt Movement, are explicitly linked to feminist and human rights issues during her lifetime in this picture book. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Wonderful for future constitutional scholars and other curious young readers. (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
Fourteen of the men who somehow separated from one country and cobbled together a new one despite their differences are presented in a lively celebration of politics and personalities. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A tremendous opportunity for children to understand what these women worked so hard to accomplish—one succeeding and one coming close. (capsule biographies, additional notes, bibliography, author's note) (Picture book. 8-12)"
Two iconic women recount their stories. Read full book review >
STELLA BY STARLIGHT by Sharon M. Draper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A tale of the Jim Crow South that's not sugar-coated but effective, with a trustworthy narrator who opens her heart and readers' eyes. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
When a young girl gains confidence from her failures and strength from what her community dreads most, life delivers magic and hope. Read full book review >
THE CASE FOR LOVING by Selina Alko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Despite the gentle way this book unfolds, the language and images deal a blow to racist thinking and just might inspire the next generation of young civil rights activists. (artists' note, sources) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Biography and autobiography intertwine in this account of the landmark case of Loving v. Virginia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gayle Forman
author of I WAS HERE
January 27, 2015

In I Was Here, Gayle Forman’s latest novel after the release of the movie version of her novel If I Stay, Cody’s best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room and Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question. “An engrossing and provocative look at the devastating finality of suicide, survivor’s guilt, the complicated nature of responsibility and even the role of the Internet in life-and-death decisions,” our reviewer writes. We talk to Forman on January 27 on Kirkus TV. View video >