DRAGONS! by Gerrie McCall
by Gerrie McCall, developed by Amber Books, illustrated by Patrick Mulrey, Myke Taylor
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 21, 2011

"Well-read young Dragonologists may experience some déjà-vu but should still get a kick out of the app's unusual design. (iPad informational app. 7-9)"
Designed to resemble a set of digital trading cards but offering several interactive features, this album will dazzle young fans of all that is scaly, clawed and dangerous to encounter. Read full book review >
THE WEIRDER THE BETTER by Stasia Decker-Ahmed
FICTION
Released: July 20, 2011

"Quirky kids make their own fun in what would make a delightful afterschool special. (Fiction. 9-11)"
When Jamie carves out her own niche in the social hierarchy, she makes quite a splash. Read full book review >

MOROTOBI'S ADVENTURE by Tinrobot
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 20, 2011

"Not the most coherent series opener, but certainly fully featured. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
A dream come true for any reader amused by a cartoon character who turns purple and piddles at a touch. Read full book review >
ORANI by Claire A. Nivola
NONFICTION
Released: July 19, 2011

"Neither a story with a plot nor a full-blown memoir, this brief look at a town suspended in time resonates with happiness and could spark some children to reflect on their own idyllic summers in a new way. (map, author's note) (Picture book/memoir. 7-10)"
Intriguing pictures full of small details bring alive the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures of a small Sardinian town in the 1950s. Read full book review >
LUNCH-BOX DREAM by Tony Abbott
FICTION
Released: July 19, 2011

"A laudable attempt to address an unfortunately still-timely subject, this novel feels more like a Modernist experiment than a children's book. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In 1959 on a Civil War battleground tour, a white northern boy has his own prejudices shaken when he sees Jim Crow in action in a Joycean exploration that seems uncertain of its audience. Read full book review >

MAGICAL MISCHIEF by Anna Dale
Released: July 19, 2011

"Blimey, no Harry Potter competition here, just a light encounter with British humor no amount of American vocabulary can disguise. (Magical adventure. 8-11)"
What happens when magic goes berserk? Read full book review >
INTO THE TRAP by Craig Moodie
ADVENTURE
Released: July 19, 2011

"Nevertheless, an action-packed tale with guns and boat chases that will appeal to reluctant readers. (Adventure. 10-14)"
"What happens on the water stays on the water," is the attitude in this fishing community on the fictional New England community of Fog Island. Read full book review >
SILHOUETTED BY THE BLUE by Traci L. Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 19, 2011

"A compassionate portrait of an African-American family coping with grief and mental illness. (Fiction 10-14)"
A young teen struggles to balance responsibilities she shouldn't have to assume against the day-to-day travails of seventh grade. Read full book review >
IT'S THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL...FOREVER! by R.L. Stine
FANTASY
Released: July 19, 2011

"Great fun as ever, supplied by genre's most prolific and reliable master. (Humorous horror fantasy. 9-11)"
A preteen horror take on Groundhog Day. Read full book review >
MY DIARY by Gilles Tibo
FICTION
Released: July 15, 2011

"The U.S. publisher, an arm of the American Psychological Association, suggests shared reading to prompt discussion; some readers may prefer to maintain the illusion of learning someone's secrets, responding to them without adult interference. (Picture book. 7-10) "
This private, off-limits diary of a young girl records ideas and feelings that she doesn't want to reveal to anyone else, turning readers into instant voyeurs. Read full book review >
GULLIVER IN LILLIPUT by Jonathan Swift
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 15, 2011

"Fix that, and the developers will have an app worthy of repeat visits. (iPad storybook/game app. 6-9) "
Younger video gamers will feel right at home in this abridged rendition's elaborately animated environment. Read full book review >
THIS TOO SHALL PASS by Jacqueline O. Rogers
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 13, 2011

"A creative, thought-provoking examination of the deeper questions in life, as told from a Buddhist perspective. (iPad storybook app. 8-12)"
A melancholic king discovers the secret to happiness and contentment. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >