THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE by Robin Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 20, 2015

"Here's hoping for more hard-boiled detecting from Wilcox and Griswold! (Mystery. 5-9)"
Two police mice, one missing cake, a bunch of suspects—it's a big case! Read full book review >
AMELIA'S MIDDLE-SCHOOL GRADUATION YEARBOOK by Marissa Moss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 20, 2015

"A hint at the end leaves room for this series to evolve into high school; Amelia may be a bit long in the tooth, but devoted fans will follow. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
In this newest, 20th-anniversary offering of the Amelia's Notebook series, Amelia graduates middle school and reminisces about all she has learned along the way. Read full book review >

TREASURE TOWN by Doug Wilhelm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 20, 2015

"A boisterous, slapstick adventure that will entertain budding readers, despite its skimpy character development."
A trio of adventurous kids and two oddball adults find unexpected treasure in this middle-grade adventure by siblings Wilhelm (The Price of Denial, 2013) and Terrat (True Shoes, 2012). Read full book review >
ANIMAL SUPERMARKET by Giovanna Zoboli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 16, 2015

"A tongue-in-cheek reminder that good food doesn't have to come in a box, jar or plastic bag. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Would a supermarket catering to animals stock pizza? Ice cream? Sugary snacks? Read full book review >
THE PET AND THE PENDULUM by Gordon McAlpine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A fitting conclusion to a series as suspenseful as it is less-than-earnest, in which mad science, quantum entanglement, encounters with ghosts, and sly twists on literary figures and memes all figure. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Telepathically conjoined twins, distant relatives of the eminent eponymous author, fall into the clutches of their mad-scientist nemesis one last time in this truly explosive series finale. Read full book review >

ROBOT SMASH! by Stephen W. Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"With demand for STEM-themed books for toddlers at an all-time high, this will undoubtedly prove popular with both ends of its intended audience. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The title sums it up: This mechanical man is a total wrecking machine. Read full book review >
ROSIE AND ROLLAND IN THE LEGENDARY SHOW-AND-TELL by Jon Berg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A bewildering mishmash of unintegrated elements, long as well as incoherent. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A child in search of something special to bring to class finds it in a jungle temple—then loses it to a rival. Read full book review >
MAGIC LITTLE WORDS by Angèle Delaunois
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"Beautiful phrasing to be sure, but with etiquette lessons, perhaps it is better to show in action and circumstance rather than to tell. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lyrical attempt to explain the larger concepts behind 11 "magic words" of good manners. Read full book review >
THE CANDY CONSPIRACY by Carrie Snyder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"Read the book and then go brush your teeth. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Children stage a surprising revolution in an ultrasweet kingdom ruled by a sugared tyrant. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF LANGUAGES by Mick Webb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"Eurocentric, not to mention overly ambitious—but being able to say some variant of 'Not so hot' in Belarus, Brazil or any point between has to count for something. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
With just a bit of practice children will come away from this quick but sweeping linguistic look-see able to exchange greetings and a "How are you doing?" with anyone (almost) anywhere in the world. Read full book review >
THE WORLD IN A SECOND by Isabel Minhós Martins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"The book's extra-large trim is the perfect format for this mesmerizing vision of a thrillingly expansive world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even "while you turn the pages of this book, the world doesn't stop…." Read full book review >
PARANORMAL by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A dramatic tale—or the first part of one, anyway—heavily steeped in tribal lore. (Paranormal suspense. 11-13)"
The young Cherokee seer struck by lightning in Abnormal (2014) acquires more extrasensory powers after a near-death experience in this partial sequel. 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 >