SPARKERS by Eleanor Glewwe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A compelling story on a difficult topic, addressed with maturity and grace. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
A fantasy debut grapples thoughtfully with all-too-mundane evil. Read full book review >
THE MADMAN OF PINEY WOODS by Christopher Paul Curtis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Beautiful storytelling as only Curtis can do it. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Forty years after Elijah Freeman's exploits in Elijah of Buxton (2007), 13-year-olds Benji Alston and Red Stockard become friends as Curtis revisits Buxton, Ontario, in a fine companion novel. Read full book review >

BURIED SUNLIGHT by Molly Bang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Gorgeous illustrations and impressive, urgent scientific explanation. (Nonfiction.7-12)"
This fourth in Chisholm and Bang's series about the sun's relationship to life on Earth explores its ancient stores of fossil fuels and the effect of intense and rapid consumption of these in recent human history. Read full book review >
BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"An enticing blend of tragedy, poetry, surrealism and redemption. (Magical realism. 12-16)"
In a riveting exploration of the human psyche, her debut for teens, best-selling author Wolitzer offers a story about what it means to lose someone, or something, you love. Twice. Read full book review >
POISONED APPLES by Christine Heppermann
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Full of razors that cut—and razors to cut off shackles: a must. (author's note, index of first lines, index of photographs) (Poetry. 13-17)"
A slim volume sharp as knives. Read full book review >

AMBASSADOR by William Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Physics lovers will enjoy this clever series opener—but so will those who enjoy comedy, politics, diplomacy or strange-looking aliens. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
An interstellar embassy, alien assassins, galactic mass extinctions: These are Gabe's small problems. Read full book review >
ON A CLEAR DAY by Walter Dean Myers
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"A clarion call from a beloved, much-missed master. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Myers issues a rebellious call to action that chronicles how seven diverse teenagers respond to injustice in a globalized not-so-distant future. Read full book review >
SPACE CASE by Stuart Gibbs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Fully absorbing. (Mystery. 9-12)"
When Dr. Holtz's body is discovered just outside the lunar colony, everyone assumes he made a mistake putting on his spacesuit—but 12-year-old Dashiell "Dash" Gibson has reason to believe this was no accident. Read full book review >
THE WHISPERING SKULL by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Rousing adventures for young tomb robbers and delvers into realms better left to the dead. (Ghost adventure. 11-13)"
An occult portal and its spectral guardian nearly cut short the careers of three rising young ghost hunters in this madcap sequel to The Screaming Staircase (2013).Read full book review >
TRUE STORIES by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An unusually strong volume—a smorgasbord for young nonfiction readers (both boys and girls) and a good pick for the classroom. (Short stories. 8-14)"
A stellar lineup of nonfiction writers offers true stories, which, like the previous volumes in the Guys Read series, are written to appeal especially to boys. Read full book review >
THE WITCH'S BOY by Kelly  Barnhill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The classic fantasy elements are all there, richly reimagined, with a vivid setting, a page-turning adventure of a plot, and compelling, timeless themes. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
Nine enormous boulders are awakened from their long sleep by the actions of a seemingly powerless boy and the daughter of the Bandit King. Read full book review >
JACKABY by William Ritter
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A magical mystery tour de force with a high body count and a list of unusual suspects. (Paranormal. 12-18)"
A Sherlock Holmes–style adventure featuring the egotistical and eccentric R.F. Jackaby and his bewildered but invaluable assistant, Abigail Rook. 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 >