LUNCH, OR WHAT'S THAT? by Julianne Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"New readers deserve better. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Moore lampoons school lunches in this early-reader series outing. Read full book review >
KINDERGARTEN LUCK by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"There's a little luck in each person's day; here's hoping young children's eyes are open to theirs. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Theodore's gloomy morning improves when he finds a penny that brings him luck all day long. Read full book review >

RUFUS THE WRITER by Elizabeth Bram
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"The idea is original and appealing, but the execution is less than inspiring. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Rufus was watching a cloud shaped like a cushion turn into a cat when the idea first came to him. ‘I'm not going to have a lemonade stand this summer,' he said. ‘I'm going to have a story stand!' " Read full book review >
OVER IN THE WETLANDS by Caroline Starr Rose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"A reassuring portrayal of a remarkable event in an equally remarkable natural world. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Like the animals that live there, Louisiana wetlands can survive even a hurricane. Read full book review >
LILLIAN'S RIGHT TO VOTE by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"A much-needed picture book that will enlighten a new generation about battles won and a timely call to uphold these victories in the present. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a book commemorating the Voting Rights Act of 1965, readers are introduced to 100-year-old black Alabaman Lillian, who recalls her long-delayed journey to exercise her American right to vote 50 years ago. Read full book review >

SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Adults and children will eagerly follow Serafina from the basement into a world of self-discovery, justice, and new friendships. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Serafina mostly enjoyed her life at the Biltmore Estate until the other children started disappearing at night. Read full book review >
THE DOUBLECROSS by Jackson Pearce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"International espionage plus wacky high jinks equals plot-twisting fun. (Thriller. 8-12)"
An unlikely hero becomes a double agent to save his parents and possibly the whole world. Read full book review >
THE NEWBIES by Peter Catalanotto
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Comforting and reassuring. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's a new baby coming, and Luke worries about his place in the family's changing configuration. Read full book review >
PLAYFUL PIGS FROM A TO Z by Anita Lobel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Delightfully playful indeed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Twenty-six pigs spend a glorious day playing with the alphabet. Read full book review >
BOOK by David Miles
by David Miles, illustrated by Natalie Hoopes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"One of the prettiest paeans to the codex in recent memory. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This book quietly praises reading as a path to imaginative adventures while also taking several gentle swipes at high-tech gadgetry. Read full book review >
BERNICE GETS CARRIED AWAY by Hannah E. Harrison
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"While the final twist is a bit heavy-handed, overall, the emotional honesty, simple, understated text, and entertaining visual humor combine to create an appealing take on a problem that occasionally plagues us all, whether child, adult, or grumpy cat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A series of minor disappointments leads Bernice to make a greedy grab at a friend's birthday party which in turn spurs an unexpected change of heart. Read full book review >
NIGHT ANIMALS by Gianna Marino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"A giggle-inducing new gem for the night-fears bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Animals turn topsy-turvy in fear of things that go bump in the night. 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 >