I KNOW SASQUATCH by Jess Bradley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Despite its clever multimedia illustrative style reminiscent of the Knuffle Bunny books, this forgettable story lacks the substance to recommend it beyond a cursory source of cuteness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The truth about Sasquatch is revealed. Read full book review >
SEEING IS BELIEVING by Gareth Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Visually appealing starter volumes for readers who take pleasure in giving their powers of perception and deduction a workout. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A slender but diverse gallery of line and color illusions, with bright, crisply printed graphics. Read full book review >

PROMISE by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An earnest but unpolished story, it nevertheless stands out for its confrontation of a little-acknowledged subject. (Fiction. 8-10)"
When his father is released after serving eight years in prison for stealing, 11-year-old Kaden hopes it will be a new beginning. Read full book review >
SWAN by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Young ballet lovers will be smitten with the story. (author's note, bibliography, quotation sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A poor Russian girl enchants the world with her romantic ballet performances. Read full book review >
THE TEA PARTY IN THE WOODS by Akiko Miyakoshi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"As beguilingly surreal as the Mad Hatter's party, with its own enigmatic appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Kikko wakes up to snow, her father goes off to clear the walk around Grandma's house but forgets the pie he was to take with him. Read full book review >

THE BUREAU OF MISPLACED DADS by Éric Veillé
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Readers may leave this book wishing their own parental units might be 'misplaced,' if only so that they can visit this bureau. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A gently surreal tale of a boy who must sift through throngs of abandoned fathers while on the hunt for his own. Read full book review >
HOT ROD HAMSTER AND THE HAUNTED HALLOWEEN PARTY! by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"No doubt fans of the previous titles will appreciate the story of friends cooperating on such an exciting venture, but overall this offering falls a bit flat. (Early reader. 5-8)"
This third early reader in the Hot Rod Hamster series (Hot Rod Hamster and the Wacky Whatever Race, 2014) finds the likable rodent and his crew of pals planning costumes for a big Halloween bash. Read full book review >
PUNKY BREWSTER by Joelle Sellner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Today's kids might not have the fond nostalgia for Punky that their elders do, but her tale—and the idea that family is what you make it—is as likable as ever. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
The world is once again taking note of Punky Brewster, reimagining her origins in a playful comic format. Read full book review >
THE PHANTOM BULLY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Everybody's middle school years should be as ultimately satisfying as Roan's, whether they are Jedis-in-training or not. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Perhaps playing off the principle that a great ending will mitigate almost anything, this story has at least a dozen endings, and all of them are pretty spectacular. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL AFTERLIFE OF THOMAS MARSDEN by Emma Trevayne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Readers will find that this darkly intriguing faery story has an appealingly grounded hero. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Discovering his true identity, a young grave robber uses his particular skills to help faeries trapped in Victorian London. Read full book review >
LOUISE TRAPEZE IS TOTALLY 100% FEARLESS by Micol Ostow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"A sweet peek beneath the big top; readers will clamor for the next one. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Seven-year-old Louise Trapeze is finally old enough to fly in her circus act—but the platform is so very, very high. Read full book review >
A GUIDE TO SISTERS by Paula Metcalf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Less a guide for preparation for a new baby than a humorous look at sibling dynamics for those who have weathered the storm and are now ready to laugh. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Thirteen tips explain sibling foibles, told from the perspective of one big sister to all big sisters everywhere. 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 >