BROTHER GIOVANNI'S LITTLE REWARD by Anna Egan Smucker
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"As happy a piece of ecclesiastical cuisine as can be imagined (Picture book. 5-9)"
A fanciful and inventive version of how those yummy big soft pretzels came to be. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PISTACHIO AND THE PEST by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"Long live Princess Pistachio. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Princess Pistachio Shoelace's summer vacation is not starting out on a high note. Read full book review >

MARCH GRAND PRIX by Kean Soo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An unfalteringly sunny, action-driven collection. (Graphic adventure. 7-11)"
Known as "the fast and the furriest," March Hare and his porcine sidekick, Hammond, race to adventure in three different illustrated tales. Read full book review >
EVEN MONSTERS SAY GOOD NIGHT by Doreen Mulryan Marts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Share this with those looking for a benign Halloween story or for those children who always resist bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Avery never liked bedtime, and she liked it even less on Halloween when all the monsters were out." Read full book review >
JARS OF HOPE by Jennifer Roy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sensitive, discussable access point for children learning about Holocaust history. (afterword, author's note, glossary, index, source notes) (Picture book. 8-10)"
The brave work of Irena Sendler, one of the righteous gentiles of World War II, is succinctly depicted in this new picture book. Read full book review >

THE GREEN MUSICIAN by Mahvash Shahegh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A serene, simply retold tale of dreams pursued and achieved. (source and background notes) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
A young musician finds a clever way to play to a royal audience in this tale from ancient Persia. Read full book review >
THE LEMONADE HURRICANE by Licia Morelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A child-friendly introduction to the practice of meditation and the benefits of mindfulness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Emma teaches Henry by example how to meditate and be mindful, especially after he has quenched his thirst and subsequently wound himself up with sugary lemonade. Read full book review >
MR. POSTMOUSE'S ROUNDS by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Like a mailbox overstuffed with gifts, Dubuc's animal scenes are a delight and well worth the wait. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A dedicated postal worker, who happens to be a small mouse, makes the daily deliveries in a lively dispatch from Dubuc. Read full book review >
THE SPECIFIC OCEAN by Kyo Maclear
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A lovely, quiet beach story. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A young girl must reluctantly leave the city and friends she loves in favor of summer in a cottage with her family on the Pacific coast. Read full book review >
STANLEY AT SCHOOL by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Here's hoping readers feel the same way about school as Stanley does; even if they don't, though, they are sure to laugh at the dogs' adventures. Where will they end up next? (Picture book. 4-8)"
Stanley's curiosity this time leads him to find out what all the kids do in school every day. Read full book review >
LILLIPUT by Sam Gayton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"This delightful adventure inspired by Gulliver's Travels will appeal to budding fantasy readers—and position them for the source material later on. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A pocket-sized but fiery heroine proves that brains always beat brawn, even in the streets of London. 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 >
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 >