POWER UP! by Shaker Paleja
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An inviting introduction to energy, its nature and indispensability, and the baggage it trails in its wake. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Paleja presents a formal yet friendly tour of energy: where it comes from, how we use it, and who's using it how. Read full book review >
LILLIPUT by Sam Gayton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"This delightful adventure inspired by Gulliver's Travels will appeal to budding fantasy readers—and position them for the source material later on. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A pocket-sized but fiery heroine proves that brains always beat brawn, even in the streets of London. Read full book review >

SEEING IS BELIEVING by Gareth Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Visually appealing starter volumes for readers who take pleasure in giving their powers of perception and deduction a workout. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A slender but diverse gallery of line and color illusions, with bright, crisply printed graphics. Read full book review >
DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS by Connie Goldsmith
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Equally apt for research projects and as a single go-to source of information. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
With myriad dietary supplements available in the largely unregulated market, this effort explores the value vs. the potential danger of these products. Read full book review >
PROMISE by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An earnest but unpolished story, it nevertheless stands out for its confrontation of a little-acknowledged subject. (Fiction. 8-10)"
When his father is released after serving eight years in prison for stealing, 11-year-old Kaden hopes it will be a new beginning. Read full book review >

SWAN by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Young ballet lovers will be smitten with the story. (author's note, bibliography, quotation sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A poor Russian girl enchants the world with her romantic ballet performances. Read full book review >
THE MALONEYS' MAGICAL WEATHERBOX by Nigel Quinlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"A boisterous, gusty romp and an exhilarating debut. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Meteorological catastrophe threatens when an evildoer brings all four Seasons to Ireland at once. Read full book review >
PUNKY BREWSTER by Joelle Sellner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Today's kids might not have the fond nostalgia for Punky that their elders do, but her tale—and the idea that family is what you make it—is as likable as ever. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
The world is once again taking note of Punky Brewster, reimagining her origins in a playful comic format. Read full book review >
LOST by S.A. Bodeen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Bodeen's enjoyable castaway fare enhanced with a touch of sci-fi futurism still entertains, but readers will hope Volume 3 tightens things up. (Adventure. 10-13)"
Bodeen's second book in the Shipwreck Island series wades a little deeper into the island's mysteries. Read full book review >
THE PHANTOM BULLY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Everybody's middle school years should be as ultimately satisfying as Roan's, whether they are Jedis-in-training or not. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Perhaps playing off the principle that a great ending will mitigate almost anything, this story has at least a dozen endings, and all of them are pretty spectacular. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN CHAIRS by Dave Shelton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"An enjoyable collection of ghost stories, perfect for reading by flashlight. (Short stories. 9-13)"
Summoning the courage to open a creaky door inside a spooky old house, Jack finds himself in a candlelit room with 12 strangers sitting around a table. Read full book review >
MY BROTHER'S SECRET by Dan Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"A heartfelt look at coming of age in a time of war. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
It is 1941 in western Germany. World War II has been raging for almost two years, and Hitler's propaganda machine is in full force. 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 >