MARVELOUS CORNELIUS by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine tribute to an unsung African-American hero. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An almost-true story of a man who loved his job and did it well. Read full book review >
YOUR ALIEN by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Will likely inspire preschoolers to stare hopefully heavenward looking for their own close encounters. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Even aliens need hugs! Read full book review >

DOUBLE HAPPINESS by Nancy Tupper Ling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A thoughtful and moving story of memory and change. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
In this gentle tale told in verse, Gracie and her brother, Jake, journey to their new home, all the while searching for special things to keep in their happiness boxes. Read full book review >
FOWL PLAY by Travis Nichols
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Amusing to the point of provoking an inquiry. Really, it's the bee's knees. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Idioms get a run for their money in this good-humored and stimulating piece of wordplay from Nichols. Read full book review >
WILD CHILD by Steven Salerno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A salutary lesson in jungle parenting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A two-toothed toddler needs no wolf suit to be wildest thing of all in this high-volume prequel to a certain well-known classic. Read full book review >

MY AUTUMN BOOK by Wong Herbert Yee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Quibble aside, a sound conclusion to the series. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the fourth installment of Yee's seasonal picture-book quartet (Who Likes Rain?, 2007, etc.), a girl celebrates the coming of autumn and finds a special way to remember it when it's over.Read full book review >
WHERE DID MY CLOTHES COME FROM? by Chris Butterworth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"This engaging account will wear well in any collection. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Using a pair of energetic children as models, Butterworth describes the making of the clothes they wear. Read full book review >
I'M NEW HERE by Anne Sibley O’Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Whether readers are new themselves or meeting those who are new, there are lessons to be learned here about perseverance, bravery, and inclusion, and O'Brien's lessons are heartfelt and poetically rendered. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Readers walk in the shoes of three students struggling after immigrating to the United States Read full book review >
CLOTHESLINE CLUES TO SPORTS PEOPLE PLAY by Kathryn Heling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A nifty, participatory way to introduce sports to young children. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Moving from jobs (Clothesline Clue to Jobs People Do, 2012) to sports, Helig, Hembrook, and Davies keep children guessing. Read full book review >
THE LAST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE by Jamie Rix
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Who knew good manners could be so dangerous? (Picture book. 4-8)"
The last chocolate chip cookie leads to an adventure and kidnapping by aliens…all because one young boy used his manners. 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 >
MIND YOUR MONSTERS by Catherine Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"While not as original as Mo Willems' The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (2012) or as much fun as Ryan Heshka's Welcome to Monster Town (2010), this should win some fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Monsters are mighty, but even they can be tamed by one powerful word: please. 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 >