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 >
POPPY'S BEST PAPER by Susan Eaddy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Poppy's paper is hard-won but worth the A it gets. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Following her decision to become a writer when she grows up, Poppy takes a significant step in the right direction—after a few false starts. Read full book review >

I'M WITH CUPID by Anna Staniszewski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Light—but not lightweight—fun for preteens. (Paranormal comedy. 10-13)"
Two middle schoolers with secret paranormal powers accidentally swap those powers when they kiss each other at a party in this series opener. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF SELKIE BAY by Shelley Moore Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though the book is not without flaws, readers looking for a strong main character or intrigued by Celtic folklore will find much to enjoy. (Mystery. 8-12)"
When your mum's gone and your da doesn't know when she's coming back, someone must keep the family together. It is up to young Cordie, even if she must lie to do so. Read full book review >
DORY AND THE REAL TRUE FRIEND by Abby Hanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Old friends and new will hope this highly successful sequel will not be the last starring this inventive, original child. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Who will be 6-year-old Dory's friend at school if she doesn't take Mary the monster with her? Read full book review >

THE CURIOUS WORLD OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A warm, welcome stand-alone companion to Kelly's lauded debut. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Calpurnia Virginia Tate of turn-of-the-20th-century Texas—introduced in the 2010 Newbery Honor-winning The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate—is more focused than ever on unlocking the secrets of the natural world.Read full book review >
THE IRE OF IRON CLAW by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"The swift pace, quirky humor, and general steampunkery should hold the interest of readers—especially the mechanically and electronically inclined. (Steampunk. 9-12)"
In series opener The Mesmer Menace (2014), the Kennewickett clan foiled the world-conquering plans of the evil pigeon Iron Claw and mesmerizing magician Madini, but recent acts of sabotage at the Automated Inn suggest the dastardly duo have returned to commit more mayhem. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM BAXTERS' BARN by Rebecca Bond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Ironically, by choosing such a dramatic catalyst, the author weakens the adventure's impact overall and leaves readers to ponder the awkward coincidences that propel the plot. (Animal fantasy. 8-10)"
A group of talking farm animals catches wind of the farm owner's intention to burn the barn (with them in it) for insurance money and hatches a plan to flee. Read full book review >
MAD SCIENTIST ACADEMY by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mad fun. (Graphic science fantasy. 7-9)"
An informative but hair-raising tour of a rather-too-realistic dinosaur exhibit gives six new students a memorable first day at Mad Scientist Academy. Read full book review >
THE TOMB ROBBER AND KING TUT by Sarah Gauch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"An intriguing glimpse of this renowned archaeological find. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A young boy has a close-up view of Howard Carter's discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922. Read full book review >
I'M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both arachnophobes and arachnophiles will find useful debate fodder squashed within these pages. (Picture book. 3-12)"
What if "trying" not to hate spiders doesn't quite cut it? Read full book review >
ANNA, BANANA, AND THE MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE by Anica Mrose Rissi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Readers should find this gentle conflict easy to relate to. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Following Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split (2015), Anna must iron out the friendship wrinkles created when her duo becomes a trio. 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 >