8 by Elisha Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Don't get behind the eight ball: order now; it's great fun. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A distinctive animal alphabet presents a counting game. Read full book review >
PEPPER & POE by Frann Preston-Gannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"A sparkling addition to the new-sibling bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Life is good for Pepper, the household's only cat, until Poe arrives—now nothing will be the same, as the new siblings navigate toys, space, and ultimately, friendship. Read full book review >

BUCKY AND STU VS. THE MIKANIKAL MAN by Cornelius Van Wright
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Young superhero wannabes will be shouting 'Wonk 'em!' in no time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Saving the planet's easy when your rivals are only powered by imagination. Can these heroes handle a real nemesis? Read full book review >
DILLY DALLY DAISY by Mark Fearing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"An ode to young daydreamers—and tempting distractions—everywhere. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Daisy Marsha Martin has perfected the art of dawdling. Read full book review >
TACKY AND THE HAUNTED IGLOO by Helen Lester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"Halloween has not been as shivery, silly, and satisfying as in this polar romp. (Picture book. 4-8)"
While his friends busy themselves getting the igloo ready for Halloween, Tacky the Penguin is less than helpful. Read full book review >

MUMMY CAT by Marcus Ewert
Kirkus Star
by Marcus Ewert, illustrated by Lisa Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"Elegantly designed for young fans of ancient Egypt, this sweet ghost story of a pet's love for its owner transcends time. (Picture book. 5-9)"
"Deep within this maze of stone, / a creature wakes up, all alone." Read full book review >
A SPOOKY, SPARKLY HALLOWEEN by Julie Andrews
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"Teamwork and being true to oneself are always celebrated, but Andrews, Hamilton, and Davenier combine talents to produce a charming tale full of girl power that readers can applaud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gerry shines again in the latest entry in the Very Fairy Princess series. Read full book review >
THERE WAS AN OLD MUMMY WHO SWALLOWED A SPIDER by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"For preschoolers who want a Halloween book that is more silly than scary. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Ward and Gray exchange the little old lady for an old mummy, and the book gets pleasantly goofy from there. Read full book review >
ABCS ON WINGS by Ramon Olivera
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"This title lines up between a realistic approach and a comic one, soaring along nicely. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fasten your seat belts: here's another alphabet book featuring airplanes. Does this one take flight over the others? Read full book review >
HENRY HYENA, WHY WON'T YOU LAUGH? by Doug Jantzen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"Important though the lesson is, this is too didactic and unrealistic to help children facing similar situations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A laughless hyena regains his giggle in this debut from Jantzen and Claude. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE WOODS by Rebecca Bond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"Awe-inspiring, exquisitely rendered, indeed 'unforgettable.' (author's note) (Picture book. 4-9)"
In 1914, a 4-year-old boy living in Gowganda, Ontario, witnesses a forest fire that forces people and animals into a nearby lake to survive. Read full book review >
ARE WE THERE, YETI? by Ashlyn Anstee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"A nifty take on the perennial question 'Are we there, yet(i)?' and a prerequisite read-aloud before a first class field trip.(Picture book. 4-8)"
Good things come to those who wait. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >