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 >
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 >
THE BEAST IN MY BELLY by Grzegorz Kasdepke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2015

"An amusing take on a universal human experience, one that should strike giggling chords among its readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
At first alarmed by the "beast in her belly," a little girl eventually makes peace with it in this very short chapter book. Read full book review >
TEN MONSTERS IN THE BED by Katie Cotton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A distinct change of pace from the cute clucks and oinks of Noisy Farm (2013) and like sound-makers. (Picture book/novelty. 2-6)"
Setting new standards for gross sound effects, 10 monsters snore, scream, scratch, hiccup, belch, or worse as they tumble one by one out of an overcrowded bunk bed. Read full book review >
MY FIRST DAY by Leilani Sparrow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Ideal for new readers who are also new to school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Written in the first person in a rollicking rhyme, this look at a little bear's first school day will reassure those just starting preschool or kindergarten. Read full book review >
THE SCHOOL SHOW by Maria Gianferrari
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Penny and Jelly are sure to warm the hearts of both future talent-show contestants and readers who have similarly close canine friends. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Peabody Elementary School Talent Show is a source of anxiety for Penny, who has no clear talent. 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 >