WILD IDEAS by Elin Kelsey
Kirkus Star
by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Profound and entirely wonderful. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-12)"
Finding solutions to sticky problems can be a mind-expanding adventure. Read full book review >
THE BOOK THAT PROVES TIME TRAVEL HAPPENS by Henry Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A worthwhile if convoluted read that will extend readers' knowledge of history and expand their concept of 'diversity.' (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Where time travel, historical fiction and nonfiction, ancient Chinese design and Morse code collide—keep up, or risk being left in the past…or the future. Read full book review >

WONDER AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Nicole Helget
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Set against the growing-pains backdrop of pre-Civil War America, both reflecting and supporting Hallelujah's coming-of-age story, Helget's tale celebrates the curiosity and mystery of life. (Adventure. 8-13)"
History, science, adventure and fantasy combine in this tale that carries readers from the plains of Kansas to Antarctica. Read full book review >
THE MONKEY AND THE BEE by C.P. Bloom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This lighthearted story has a lot to offer as a discussion starter and read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A comic tale about sharing and friendship. Read full book review >
ARROW TO ALASKA by Hannah Viano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This intriguing and delightfully illustrated story will be of particular interest to young readers in Washington state and Alaska, who are least likely to notice the skimpiness of geographical detail. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy named Arrow recounts his journey from Seattle to Alaska to visit his grandfather. Read full book review >

NOAH'S ARK by Linda Falken
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Children may need an adult's help to understand the significance of the illustrations, but this thoughtfully designed book deserves attention and a place on the crowded shelf of Noah's Ark retellings. (Picture book/religion. 5-9)"
A wide variety of works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection and those of other museums serve as the illustrations in this retelling of the Old Testament tale of Noah and his Ark. Read full book review >
DANTE OF THE MAURY RIVER by Gigi Amateau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Overall, compelling and skillfully written, but in this case, less would have been more. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A thoroughbred racehorse tells his story in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
TIGER BOY by Mitali Perkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A multicultural title with obvious appeal for animal-loving middle graders. (author's note, organizations, glossary) (Fiction. 8-11)"
When a Bengali boy finds and saves a tiger cub from a man who wants to sell her on the black market, he realizes that the schoolwork he resents could lead to a career protecting his beloved Sunderbans island home. Read full book review >
THE WHISPERER by Fiona McIntosh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A gripping, first-rate tale of a prince and a pauper. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Two 13-year-old strangers living in the land of Drestonia find themselves communicating through their minds as their perilous lives become surprisingly intertwined. Read full book review >
CODY AND THE FOUNTAIN OF HAPPINESS by Tricia  Springstubb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Cody is sure to make friends with many readers, who will cross their fingers and hope for further adventures. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Well-meaning Cody is excited about the first day of her summer vacation. Read full book review >
JACK by Liesl Shurtliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Fans of retold fairy tales will be well-satisfied. (author's note) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Boom! Boom! Boom! Giants are real! Jack sees them slide down from Above to raid his farm. Worse, they take his Papa. Read full book review >
FUN AND FRUIT by Maria Teresa Barahona
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A little heavy on the purposive side, but it will lend itself well to classroom extension activities. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Healthy food, healthy world. 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 >