APES A-GO-GO! by Roman Milisic
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Gently whack-a-doodle, sure to leave little listeners aping the giant apes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With great apes around, will the tidy town be fixed or flattened? Read full book review >
THE DREADED OGRESS OF THE TUNDRA by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"As monsters go, the amautalik is a satisfyingly disgusting and scary one, and this introduction should appeal to a broad range of middle-grade readers. (Folklore. 8-12)"
Among the perils of the Arctic is the amautalik, a terrifying, child-snatching ogress.Read full book review >

MY PET HUMAN by Yasmine Surovec
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"This series opener is a must for young humans owned by furry masters. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 6-10)"
Taking care of a human has its benefits, but is it better than being an unattached pussycat? Read full book review >
A LUCKY AUTHOR HAS A DOG by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A surprising miss from an author whose books for young readers are usually spot-on. (Picture book. 4-6)"
This author couldn't get by without her dog. Read full book review >
BASEBALLOGY by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Still, as well as a browser's delight, a wide-angled, if fragmentary and heavily pixelated, overview of the sport as it was and is today. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Even confirmed students of the sport will have something to learn from this fannish assemblage of baseball facts and trivia. Read full book review >

AMERICANINE by Yann Kebbi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"As a study in European impressions of America, this fascinates; as a representation of New York, it's more than a little idiosyncratic. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A tourist's view of New York City, from close to the pavement. Read full book review >
EDMOND, THE MOONLIT PARTY by Astrid Desbordes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Buy the book for the illustrations and for the concept of living in a tree, which every preschooler will love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three very different animal characters live in separate apartments in the old chestnut tree. Read full book review >
GOLEMCHIK by William Exley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Though this effort has some eerie moments, it's too abbreviated to offer more than sketches of plot or character. (Graphic short story. 7-9)"
A boy's dull summer turns exciting, to say the least, when he acquires a large and temperamental companion in this entry in a new series of graphic short stories. Read full book review >
FREDDY THE FROGCASTER AND THE HUGE HURRICANE by Janice Dean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 13, 2015

"Common-sense attitude and advice, sunnily conveyed. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Budding weatherfrog Freddy makes his television debut as a hurricane roars over Lilypad. Read full book review >
HIT & MISS by Derek Jeter
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)"
Fourth-grader "Derek" works his way through a batting slump, pulls an outsider into his circle of friends, and atones for being a bully in this semiautobiographical sequel co-authored by the recently retired Yankees captain. Read full book review >
SHANGHAI SUKKAH by Heidi Smith Hyde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"While both holidays are but lightly sketched, themes of friendship and respect across cultures are compelling. (historical note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In Shanghai's Hongkew district, two boys, one German-Jewish, one Chinese, share in the celebration of their two harvest holidays, Sukkot and the Moon Festival. Read full book review >
CHASING SECRETS by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A solid story of friendship, mystery, and one girl's perseverance, in which a health scare and its rumors mirror today's epidemics. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
Infected rats and San Francisco's dark past at the turn of the 20th century come to light in Newbery Honoree Choldenko's (Al Capone Does My Shirts, 2004, etc.) look into an outbreak of bubonic plague.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 >