SLEEPYHEADS by Sandra J. Howatt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"A superb execution of soporific shapes and sounds perfect for the bedside table. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Sleepyhead readers explore a hushed woodland at dusk, where they discover animals nestled in their cozy places at bedtime. Read full book review >
THE OSTRICH CONSPIRACY by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Retailers won't need to stock up on sunglasses or platypus dolls, but readers will keep turning pages up to the last chapter, and quite a few of them will be ready, immediately, for the next volume. (Mystery. 8-12)"
This book isn't nearly as odd as it sounds. Read full book review >

NERD CAMP 2.0 by Elissa Brent Weissman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Obvious and preachy, this camp story is nothing worth writing home about. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The war between nerds and jocks is on in Weissman's follow-up to Nerd Camp (2011). Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR HAT! by Brian Won
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"This lighthearted story revels in the small acts that make life better—cheers all around. (Picture book. 3-7)"
All the animals are grumpy until a surprise brightens their day in this tale about the joy of sharing. Read full book review >
SAMANTHA SANDERSON AT THE MOVIES by Robin Caroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Formulaic and forgettable. (discussion questions) (Mystery. 9-12)"
An intrepid middle school reporter gambles her career on cracking a bombing case. Read full book review >

GIRLS STANDING ON LAWNS by Daniel Handler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Terrific appetizer for discussion. (Poetry. 8 & up)"
This trim, clothbound first in a series from Kalman and Handler for the Museum of Modern Art offers an intriguing painting-and-prose response to a selection of photographs of, as the title indicates, girls and young women standing on lawns. Read full book review >
THE GREATEST STAR ON EARTH by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Absurd situations, winning characters and plenty of heartfelt moments and laughs combine to make this a surefire hit. (Graphic fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Who is the best performer? That is the question in this second in the entertaining Three-Ring Rascals chapter-book series. Read full book review >
DEEP BLUE by Jennifer Donnelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Readers who put aside the sense that they are being primed for products and just imagine the movie it ought to be may find it palatable enough. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
The award-winning author teams up with Disney to deliver a book seemingly tailor-made for commercial success. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF THE FORTUNE COOKIE by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Similar in subject to the author's Shanghai Messenger (2005) but different in approach, this is just right for middle-grade Anna fans ready for new experiences. (Fiction. 7-11)"
A two-week trip to China allows sixth-grader Anna Wang to reflect on her Asian-American identity. Read full book review >
GOAL! by Sean Taylor
by Sean Taylor, photographed by Caio Vilela
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"A solid introduction to soccer, carrying with it the sport's openness to any and all. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Writer Taylor and photographer Vilela give a brisk nod to the international spirit and enjoyment of soccer. Read full book review >
SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL by Duncan Tonatiuh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"A compelling story told with impeccable care. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
A little-known yet important story of the fight to end school discrimination against Mexican-American children is told with lively text and expressive art. Read full book review >
Lorisse's Dog Training by Teresa C. Brod
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"A solid effort from a talented young writer and promising illustrator."
Seven-year-old author Brod takes readers on a charming, simple journey toward a gentle joke at the end of her debut picture book. You might even call it a shaggy dog story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Lauren Oliver
author of ROOMS
September 29, 2014

Lauren Oliver is known for her best-selling young adult novels (including the Delirium trilogy) but her new novel Rooms is her first written for adults. We ask her about making the transition, finding new readers, and writing a ghost story. Rooms actually has two story lines that nicely collide: First, a ghost story in which the ghosts can’t leave the house but don’t know why. Second, an estranged family story in which the ex-husband dies, leaving his alcoholic ex-wife, angry daughter and disaffected teen son to clean out their former home, not knowing that it's haunted. We go ghost-hunting with Lauren Oliver this week at Kirkus TV. View video >