THE TRAVELING CIRCUS by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A salutary, unusual look at part of the world rarely seen in North American children's literature, wrapped up in family fun. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A Canadian family's vacation in Croatia offers both typical road-trip zaniness and opportunities for deep reflection. Read full book review >
AVIS DOLPHIN by Frieda Wishinsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Arty illustrations and a turgid, purpose-driven narrative waste this opportunity to highlight a major tragedy in its centennial year. Interested readers will get more from Diana Preston's Remember the Lusitania! (2003). (afterword) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
Readers who think that the Titanic was the only great ocean liner that ever sank will find this fictionalized eyewitness account of the torpedoed Lusitania's last voyage a revelation.Read full book review >

ANDREO'S RACE by Pam Withers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"The issues-driven plotline is superimposed rather forcibly on the athletic one—but both feature suspenseful, character-changing incidents. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A challenging endurance event provides an adopted teen with the perfect opportunity to track down his birth mother. Read full book review >
VISIT THE BHIL CARNIVAL by Gita Wolf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Being just a single spread, it's a quick visit—but big and busy enough to draw and please several viewers at once. (afterword) (Pop-up picture book. 6-9)"
A double-gatefold map opens flat to display a pop-up Ferris wheel and other attractions at an annual festival held in the central Indian province of Madhya Pradesh. Read full book review >
TRAPPED! A WHALE'S RESCUE by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Minor's illustrations carry the day, helping readers and whale get past the rescue to the informative backmatter. (resources) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Trapped by over 20 ropes set by a crab-trapping boat, each over 200 feet long, a humpback whale struggles to stay alive. Read full book review >

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER by Lauren Myracle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Humor and humility mark Ty's arc in his third outing. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Now that his best friend, Joseph, is out of the hospital and returning to school, second-grader Ty hopes things will be just as they used to be, but he finds that change is a normal part of life. Read full book review >
THE SECOND GUARD by J.D. Vaughn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A carefully crafted and empowering coming-of-age tale that adds welcome diversity to the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In the matrilineal monarchy of Tequende, when second-born children reach the tender age of 15, their families must surrender them to be trained as the mightiest soldiers in the land, known as the Second Guard. Read full book review >
THE LOST PRINCE by Matt Myklusch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"High-seas adventure with surprising twists. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Orphan, pirate, spy, and prince are just some of 13-year-old Dean Seaborne's many titles. Read full book review >
VIETNAMESE CHILDREN'S FAVORITE STORIES by Phuoc Thi Minh Tran
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A welcome addition to any collection of folk tales. (Folk tales. 6-9)"
While publishers in recent years have paid some attention to Asian folk tales, there has been a paucity of stories from Vietnam. This collection of 15 tales will fill the gap. Read full book review >
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 WATER AND THE WILD by K.E. Ormsbee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"While debut author Ormsbee's use of language is laudable and the fantasy details are imaginative, they cannot compensate for the novel's flaws. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two things make 12-year-old orphan Lottie Fiske's sad life happier: her friendship with Eliot and the magical apple tree near her boardinghouse. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >