NIGHTBORN by Lou Anders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"A winning testament to the value of friendship and to a surly dragon's power of persuasion. (maps, glossary, game rules, 'historical' note) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Caution: a wyvern's talons might pluck you up and drop you smack in the middle of a legendary quest. Read full book review >
CHANTARELLE by G.A. Morgan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"An adventure suffused with philosophical offerings that will appeal to readers who enjoy rich fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The second book of the Five Stones Trilogy brings Chase, Knox, and Evelyn back to the hidden land of Ayda. Read full book review >

SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Adults and children will eagerly follow Serafina from the basement into a world of self-discovery, justice, and new friendships. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Serafina mostly enjoyed her life at the Biltmore Estate until the other children started disappearing at night. Read full book review >
THE DOUBLECROSS by Jackson Pearce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"International espionage plus wacky high jinks equals plot-twisting fun. (Thriller. 8-12)"
An unlikely hero becomes a double agent to save his parents and possibly the whole world. Read full book review >
ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE by Tamara Ellis Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Elegant prose and emotional authenticity will make this title sing not only for those who have experienced tragedies, but for everyone who knows the magic that only true friendship can foster. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Two 10-year-old boys, both on journeys in the wake of loss, find themselves connected by a simple marble—and much more. Read full book review >

SAVING MR. TERUPT by Rob Buyea
Released: July 14, 2015

"A warmly gracious invitation to a convincing middle school world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-graders Alexia, Anna, Danielle, Jessica, Jeffrey, Luke, and Peter struggle to hold on to the bonds formed in Mr. Terupt's class in fifth and sixth grade and to their favorite teacher, whose job is in jeopardy. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF DARES FOR LOST FRIENDS by Jane Kelley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Readers with patience and the willingness to work with the story will find its rewards ample and lasting. (Magical realism. 9-13)"
With the help of Tasman, a singular boy with a troubled history, Val, a good-hearted, well-grounded sixth-grader, tries to harness ancient forces in order to help her best friend, Lanora, whose attempt to "begin again" has gone seriously awry. Read full book review >
RETRIBUTION by Mark Walden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Plot twists, action, and explosions galore; it might as well be a movie. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
Humanity continues to struggle against the invaders introduced in Earthfall (2013) while facing new threats and revelations.Read full book review >
BOY'S BEST FRIEND by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Well-rounded characters and an interesting concept make this a solid read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
George's beloved dog, Bart, seems to always know when the Cape Cod grade schooler will be returning home and waits eagerly for his arrival. Read full book review >
FREDDY THE FROGCASTER AND THE HUGE HURRICANE by Janice Dean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 13, 2015

"Common-sense attitude and advice, sunnily conveyed. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Budding weatherfrog Freddy makes his television debut as a hurricane roars over Lilypad. Read full book review >
THE BEAST IN MY BELLY by Grzegorz Kasdepke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2015

"An amusing take on a universal human experience, one that should strike giggling chords among its readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
At first alarmed by the "beast in her belly," a little girl eventually makes peace with it in this very short chapter book. Read full book review >
FIRST GRADE DROPOUT by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A sure conversation-starter about empathy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In typical child fashion, an embarrassing slip of the tongue leads one young blond boy to want to drop out of school altogether. 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 >