WHO IS KING? by Beverley Naidoo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 2, 2015

"A buoyant eye-opener for younger readers under the impression that African folk tales begin and end with Anansi. (introduction, source notes) (Folk tales. 7-9)"
Naidoo and Grobler follow up their Afrocentric collection of Aesop's Fables (2011) with a fresh set of tales drawn from Amharic, Luo, Zulu and other traditions.Read full book review >
THE PATUA PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collodi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A thought-provoking if not particularly successful experiment. (afterword) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Illustrations done in a style indigenous to West Bengal test the universality of Collodi's classic puppet-to-boy tale. Read full book review >

TILT YOUR HEAD, ROSIE THE RED by Rosemary McCarney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A sketchy bit of behavior modeling that may serve as a discussion starter but has all the thematic and psychological depth of some franchise athlete's side project. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this semiautobiographical outing, a budding social activist turns jeers to cheers by spinning her new classmate's hijab as a fashion statement. Read full book review >
SONA AND THE WEDDING GAME by Kashmira Sheth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Everyone will want to attend this wedding. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Who would have thought that the bride's younger sister must steal the groom's shoes at an Indian wedding ceremony? Not Sona. Read full book review >
THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A picture book worth reading about a historical figure worth remembering. (Picture book biography. 7-10)"
An honestly told biography of an important politician whose name every American should know. <.p> Read full book review >

SOME KIND OF MAGIC by Adrian Fogelin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"A fine, complex tale of family, friends and magic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Old friends Ben, Cass, Jemmie and Justin start high school in the fall, so this might be their last summer together; though they hope for an exciting summer, they get more intrigue than they bargained for. Read full book review >
THE FIRST CASE by Ulf Nilsson
Kirkus Star
by Ulf Nilsson, illustrated by Gitte Spee, translated by Julia Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"The only sadness is that Volume 2 isn't immediately available. (Mystery. 4-10)"
Who are the scurvy thieves loose in the woodland district? Read full book review >
LAUREN IPSUM by Carlos Bueno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Positive, smart, empowering philosophies and thinking skills couched in a wacky adventure. (Fantasy/philosophy. 8-14)"
A lost girl travels through a fantastical Alice in Wonderland-esque world filled with The Phantom Tollbooth-like computer-programming metaphors.Read full book review >
TRASH TALK by Michelle Mulder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Enclosed in these pages is plenty of food for thought and examples for direct action. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
To dumpster dive, to glean, perchance to dream of a zero-waste world. Read full book review >
A CHILDREN'S GUIDE TO ARCTIC BIRDS by Mia Pelletier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Interesting for bird lovers whose homes are in temperate climes as well, especially those who might see some of these intriguing Arctic nesters in winter. (Nonfiction. 8-15)"
An Arctic ecologist introduces a dozen bird species that take advantage of the food available in the brief but bountiful summer to nest and raise their young in the far north. Read full book review >
THE FRAIL DAYS by Gabrielle Prendergast
Released: April 1, 2015

"Punchy, insightful and great for music lovers. (Fiction. 11-18)"
Stella, a Chinese-Canadian rock drummer, yearns for success for her band. Read full book review >
SOMETHING SURE SMELLS AROUND HERE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Inviting illustrations and offbeat topics showcase limericks aplenty for amusement or poetic inspiration. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
Cleary presents 26 limericks (and, tantalizingly, half of a 27th) for kids. 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 >