HIT & MISS by Derek Jeter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"An altogether trite, values-driven star vehicle—worthy of purpose but aside from occasional game action, as dull as a rain delay. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Fourth-grader "Derek" works his way through a batting slump, pulls an outsider into his circle of friends, and atones for being a bully in this semiautobiographical sequel co-authored by the recently retired Yankees captain. Read full book review >
ENORMOUS SMALLNESS by Matthew Burgess
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"An eminently friendly introduction to both the poet and his spirit—deceptively simple, just like its subject. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A picture-book biography of the poet, with appropriately quirky multimedia illustrations. Read full book review >

VALIANT by Sarah McGuire
Released: April 28, 2015

"A charming, satisfying first novel. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this retelling of "The Brave Little Tailor," a young woman comes to the rescue of a city that's besieged by giants. Read full book review >
PIP BARTLETT'S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES by Jackson Pearce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"It's a distinct change of pace for two authors better known for intensely romantic teen fantasies, but they carry it off with aplomb. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Magical animals abound in Pip's world, and she loves them all—especially since she can talk to them. Read full book review >
BE A STAR! by Heather Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Girls who love sparkles could do far worse than to spend time with these appealing performers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The Stardust Girls return for a second circus-friendship tale. Read full book review >

GROUNDED by Megan Morrison
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Readers will be eager for more episodes of the intrepid team of Rapunzel and Jack. (map) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
"Stop calling her that witch. She's Witch," Rapunzel insists; she enjoys her easy life in a tower—and Witch's frequent, apparently loving, visits—until Jack Beanstalker tricks Rapunzel into leaving. Read full book review >
THE ARCTIC CODE by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A confused jumble of fantasy and science-fictional elements make a notably unsteady foundation for Kirby's newest series. (Science fantasy. 11-13)"
A sudden ice age has near-future humanity on the ropes, but neither glaciers nor a vast conspiracy to hide their cause stops a preteen from heading into the Arctic in search of her missing mother. Read full book review >
MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS by Tara Altebrando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Altebrando neatly integrates humor and poignancy into a middle-grade tale of change. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When 12-year-old Kate learns that her beloved home, Big Red, is going on the market, she is determined to stop the sale—or at least postpone it until her first dance competition. Read full book review >
THE WAY HOME LOOKS NOW by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"This is a fine story of family, loss, growing up and learning to play baseball, raised to a higher level by gracefully incorporated themes of feminism and kindness. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Twelve-year-old Peter Lee hopes that baseball might help his grieving mother regain a measure of interest and happiness in life. Read full book review >
PETLANDIA by Peter Hannan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Nick Bruel's books about Bad Kitty and Puppy are far better treatments of the theme than this tired outing. (Humor. 6-9)"
Petlandia: utopia or P-U-topia? Read full book review >
THE UNBELIEVABLE TOP SECRET DIARY OF PIG by Emer Stamp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"While practiced readers may grow tired of the faux bad grammar, kids who prioritize fart jokes over proper diction will hope the sequel hops the pond soon. (Humor. 7-11)"
Can Pig and friend Duck best the evil chickens and escape Farmer's roasting oven? Read full book review >
WOOF by Spencer Quinn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Utterly charmed by a spunky girl and her charismatic canine, mystery fans will find themselves looking forward to a return to the little bayou town of St. Roch. (Mystery. 8-12)"
In a Louisiana bayou town, a girl and her dog set out to solve a mystery, battling bad guys and big gators along the way. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >