BESTSELLERS

I WISH YOU MORE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015
Although the love comes shining through, the text often confuses in straining for patterned simplicity. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015
Readers will wish their summers were so eventful. (Adventure. 9-13)Read full book review >

FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ELECTRO-FINGER by Jon Scieszka
by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Brian Biggs

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015
There's so much actual information here that the story could pass as a textbook, but science and Scieszka fans won't likely mind. (Science fiction/humor. 8-10)Read full book review >
PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO by James Patterson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 16, 2015
A smart and kind story topped with just the right amount of social justice. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
WOLFIE THE BUNNY by Ame Dyckman
by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHora

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015
Add to the growing collection of sibling stories, adoptive and otherwise, that delight and instruct. (artist's note, author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >

LISTEN, SLOWLY by Thanhha Lai

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015
A touching tale of preteen angst and translation troubles. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
HOME by Carson Ellis
by Carson Ellis, illustrated by Carson Ellis

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Visually accomplished but marred by stereotypical cultural depictions. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
KID PRESIDENT'S GUIDE TO BEING AWESOME by Brad Montague
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Light as air, sneakily earnest, chock-full of worthy silliness: "Be like cheese (or bacon) and make everything you touch better." (Self-help. 9-13)Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN SISTERS by Shannon Hale

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015
A laudable conclusion to a popular series. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
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)Read full book review >
THE ONLY GAME by Mike Lupica

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015
A lovely nod to Derek Jeter rounds out a winner of a sports novel. (Fiction. 9-13)Read full book review >
LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt de la Peña
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015
This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >