FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCESS by Meg Cabot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"A sweet fantasy, both funny and highly satisfying. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Olivia's middle school worries get a lot easier when she gets the surprise of a lifetime. Read full book review >
CAST OFF by Eve Yohalem
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"This novel has all the required elements to appeal to zealous historical-adventure buffs. (map) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Find out what happens when two 12-year-olds from vastly different worlds are thrown together in a high-seas adventure packed with action, secrets, and intrigue. Read full book review >

FORT by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"Upbeat, engaging and satisfying; altogether a very fine book, especially for boys looking for a bit of believable, achievable adventure. (Fiction. 9-14)"
What preteen boy wouldn't love to build a fort in the woods? Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN ARMY by Jonathan Maberry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"This first book in an explosive new series is the perfect mix of science fiction and magic. (Fantasy/science fiction. 8-12)"
Ever since the alien invasion, 11-year-old Milo has suffered from nightmares, but when a voice in his dreams tells him the world needs a hero, he has a hard time believing it could be him. Read full book review >
DEAR HANK WILLIAMS by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"Soulful and satisfying. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Tate has gumption, and it's a good thing: She's the only one who has faith in her ability to sing—except for her little brother, Frog, and everyone seems surprised whenever Tate mentions him. Read full book review >

NOBODY! by Erin Frankel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Didactic? Yes. And maybe Thomas' and Kyle's transformations are a bit too good to be true. But this is valuable nonetheless. (Picture book/bibliotherapy. 6-10)"
The team that created the Weird series presents another title about bullying, again emphasizing the three roles in bullying transactions—target, initiator, bystanders—and bringing home to readers what they can do to end bullying. Read full book review >
POEMS IN THE ATTIC by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Succinct poetry shines in this impassioned celebration of history; the stories of this African-American family traveling the globe are rich with heart and color. (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
A girl discovers her mother's childhood poems in her grandmother's attic and embarks on a journey through family history that inspires her own poetic tribute to her mother. Read full book review >
FINDING THE MUSIC by Jennifer Torres
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"An uplifting celebration of family, community, and culture. (author's note) (Bilingual picture book. 6-9)"
Reyna's abuelito was a mariachi musician, and today his prized vihuela, a small, high-pitched guitar, hangs in her family's restaurant. Read full book review >
GARGOYLES GONE AWOL by Clémentine Beauvais
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Beauvais' narrative zips breezily along and gets to the end with several moments of laugh-out-loud cleverness—and that's enough to grab readers. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Young Sesame Seade returns for a second round of detective work around and about the colleges of Cambridge University (Sleuth on Skates, 2014), this time aided by friends Toby and Gemma.Read full book review >
SMALL WONDERS by Matthew Clark Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Long before Yogi Berra said, 'You can observe a lot by watching,' Fabre proved it so. (historical note, timeline, author's note, annotated source list) (Picture book/biography. 9-11)"
The rewards of simply taking time to bend down for a closer look are celebrated in this tribute to the great French entomologist. Read full book review >
DRAGONS BEWARE! by Jorge Aguirre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"This rowdy adventure is sure to be a crowd pleaser. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
When a wicked wizard threatens her city, Claudette decides it's once again her job to save the day. Read full book review >
THE WILD PIANO by Fred
by Fred, illustrated by Fred, translated by Richard Kutner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Easily eclipsing the decades, this mind-bending fantasy blends familiar literary allusions, psychedelic settings, and just the right smattering of fun. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
Philemon (Cast Away on the Letter A, 2014) returns in another whimsical romp to revisit the letter A and free his friend Bartholomew. 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 >