HOOK'S REVENGE by Heidi Schulz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An incompletely satisfying return to Neverland. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The daughter of a famous pirate hopes to sail the high seas, but first she must survive finishing school. Read full book review >
TELL ME by Joan Bauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An intriguing story idea is marred by a surfeit of telling. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A 12-year-old girl sees something suspicious and determinedly pursues it. 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 >
SO, YOU WANT TO WORK IN FASHION? by Patricia Wooster
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A wonderfully comprehensive, accessible and realistic entree into the dynamic world of fashion. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
A panoramic view of the fashion industry geared to would-be fashionistas. Read full book review >
THE 8TH CONTINENT by Matt London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Fast-paced action, cool inventions and remarkable robots combine for an auspicious opener. (Adventure. 8-12)"
An eco-conscious series of adventures begins, promising worldbuilding on a continental scale and an integrated website. Read full book review >

HOME by Sarah Prineas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Contrivances, filler and laboriously manufactured suspense stall a formerly nimble fantasy series. (map, cast list, menu) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Gutterboy-turned-wizard Conn once again saves his beloved city from magical and other disasters while irritating friends and enemies alike. 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 >
FALLS THE SHADOW by Stefanie Gaither
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"For die-hard fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games looking for the next read-alike. (Dystopian thriller. 13-18)"
Clones are being created for war; one girl battles back in this dystopian-thriller debut. Read full book review >
ECHOES OF US by Kat Zhang
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Though some fans of the characters may be satisfied, this finale doesn't fulfill the promise of the series' highly original premise. (Dystopian adventure. 13-17)"
The struggle for hybrid rights goes very public in the conclusion to Zhang's dystopian trilogy. Read full book review >
BAD MAGIC by Pseudonymous Bosch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Clay is Everykid enough ('almost handsome, in a dried-snot-on-his-sleeve sort of way') to keep readers hanging around to see what happens to him next. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Very little is as it seems at a survival camp for "troubled" teens in this trilogy opener. 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 >
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 >