ROALD DAHL'S MISCHIEF AND MAYHEM by Roald Dahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A properly subversive spinoff. (answers section) (Humor. 9-12)"
Attention, pranksters in search of inspiration! Learn from a master with this mix of extracted passages, quizzes and fresh, sometimes even feasible, exploits. Read full book review >
ANYWHERE BUT PARADISE by Anne Bustard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Despite concerns, this coming-of-age tale offers a vivid, accessible portrait of a fascinating time and place. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
As far as Peggy Sue is concerned, Hawaii is no paradise. 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 >

FIVE STORIES by Anna Alter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Here's hoping that in the next Sprout Street tales there are fewer words and more action, which will help young readers connect with these characters. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Five neighbors learn to live together in their apartment building despite their differences. Read full book review >
LOOK OUT FOR BUGS by Jen Prokopowicz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2015

"For appreciation rather than information, this is an interesting addition to the environmental shelf. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Photographs of a series of cut-paper dioramas form this seek-and-find puzzle book starring hidden creatures in the natural world. Read full book review >
ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD by Ruben Bolling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A credible bit of sleuthing and a spectacular escalation factor give this opener a bit of bounce. (Mystery/fantasy. 8-10)"
A seemingly insignificant clue leads three young would-be detectives to mind-blowing adventures in their outwardly ordinary suburban neighborhood. Read full book review >
LOST IN NYC by Nadja Spiegelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Required reading for anyone, tourist or resident, mystified by or anxious about using arguably the greatest public-transportation system on the planet. (further reading) (Graphic picture book. 7-10)"
A student new to both New York City and subways loses his class on the way to the Empire State Building. Read full book review >
FIRST FLIGHT AROUND THE WORLD by Tim Grove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A high spot in aviation history, particularly noteworthy for the rugged perseverance of those who achieved it. (endnotes, summary charts, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
An epic feat from an era in which radio was still newfangled and many people "had never seen an airplane, except in pictures." Read full book review >
ONE THING STOLEN by Beth Kephart
Released: April 7, 2015

"Disturbing, sometimes unsettling and ultimately offering a sliver of hope, this effort rivetingly captures the destructive effects of mental and physical illness on a likable, sweet-natured teen. (Fiction. 11-18)"
Something very bad is happening to 17-year-old Nadia. Read full book review >
DON'T STAY UP LATE by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Despite a strong start, the book doesn't stick the landing, but it's still suitably scary for fans. (Horror. 10-14)"
A teen babysitter encounters monstrous demons as the nightmares on Fear Street continue. 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 >