BESTSELLERS

THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER by Dave Barry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015
A light, comic tone and more-or-less believable stakes make for a winning combination. (Thriller. 8-12) Read full book review >
THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015
A paint-by-numbers effort to market a spinoff that's likely to be equally ephemeral. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >

PETE THE CAT'S GROOVY GUIDE TO LIFE by Kimberly Dean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015
Pete sucks the substance from these words of wisdom and guidance; for avowed lovers of Pete the Cat only. (Picture book. 4-84)Read full book review >
HIT & MISS by Derek Jeter

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015
An altogether trite, values-driven star vehicle—worthy of purpose but aside from occasional game action, as dull as a rain delay. (Fiction. 7-9)Read full book review >
RAD AMERICAN WOMEN A-Z by Kate Schatz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015
A "rad" alternative to less-inclusive albums, such as Cynthia Chin-Lee, Megan Halsey and Sean Addy's Amelia to Zora (2005). (websites) (Collective biography. 11-14)Read full book review >

THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER) by Geoff Rodkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015
This frothy family contretemps ends on a note of sincere reconciliation (once Reese's hair grows back out, anyway)—that's presumably upended in time for the sequel. (Fiction. 10-12)Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >