SCARECROW MAGIC by Ed Masessa
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Share with kids who like their spooky stories more silly than scary. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What happens to a scarecrow under the glow of a full moon? He leads a night of fun and frolic with other nocturnal creepy creatures. Read full book review >
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, MY BROTHER HAS A MONSTER! by Kenn Nesbitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"This title could be a fit for those kids whose imaginations occasionally run amok or those whose memories of actual events get wildly embellished. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A boy is horrified as his older brother collects increasing numbers of scary and creepy creatures—and brings them all in the house! Read full book review >

FIRST GRADE, HERE I COME! by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Skip. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A redheaded boy imagines the fun he will have in first grade if he just has five friends to share it with. Read full book review >
BILLY AND GOAT AT THE STATE FAIR by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Billy's experience may encourage young children who share his attitude toward new adventures to screw their courage to the sticking place. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A shy lad and his horned, adventurous best buddy take in the state fair. The lights! The rides! The corn dogs! Read full book review >
YOUR KIDS: COOKING! by Barbara Brandt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"A strong but flawed teaching tool. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Using a method called "Skills, Terms And Cooking Know-how," this resource focuses more on developing cooking skills rather than mastering individual recipes. Read full book review >

BOOM SNOT TWITTY THIS WAY THAT WAY by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Quietly alluring and visually peaceful. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bear, a bird, and a snail differ on plans for an outing. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY by Kate Beaton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A half-pint warrior princess wants a battle-ready horse for her birthday but instead receives a little farting pony—who brilliantly defies all expectation. Read full book review >
TWO GIRLS WANT A PUPPY by Ryan Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Lots of stories address getting a dog, but this tale recounts practical steps in successfully working toward a goal, with the kids solving their own problem. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sisters Cadence and Emi use both logical and creative approaches to convince their dad they should be allowed to adopt a puppy. Read full book review >
JAMPIRES by Sarah McIntyre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"A satisfying concept, friendly, Sendak-inspired colored-pencil-and-pastel illustrations, cartoonish attractiveness, and plain old wackiness make this sweet story a winner. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Some fiends have sucked the jam out of Sam's doughnut! Who are the perpetrators of this wicked deed? Jampires, of course. Read full book review >
BOATS FOR PAPA by Jessixa Bagley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Heartbreaking and hopeful, innocent and wise, a gentle story about healing and finding connection—both in the past and present. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An anthropomorphic beaver child makes driftwood boats and sets them to sea, hoping they'll reach his father, who has passed away. Read full book review >
DANGER IN ANCIENT ROME by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"A great choice for fans of the Magic Treehouse series, who will be looking forward to Ranger's next adventure. (Adventure. 5-9)"
Time-traveling golden retriever Ranger is back, this time saving the day in ancient Rome. Read full book review >
INTO THE KILLING SEAS by Michael P. Spradlin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Readers ready for a strong dose of survival and war action will find this well-researched episode entirely gripping. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
This survival tale highlights one of the worst sea disasters of World War II: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945. 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 >