CUCKOO SONG by Frances Hardinge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 8, 2015

"Nuanced and intense, this painstakingly created tale mimics the Escher-like constructions of its villainous Architect, fooling the eyes and entangling the emotions of readers willing and able to enter into a world like no other. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
This dense and twisty fantasy set in post-World War I Great Britain mixes monstrous creatures, sibling rivalry, a supernatural doppelgänger, family dysfunction and a kidnapping into a complex brew of eerie atmosphere and unexpected events. Read full book review >
SEX IS A FUNNY WORD by Cory Silverberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"This carefully thought-out explanation may surprise but should be widely appreciated. (glossary) (Nonfiction.7-10)"
Moving up in target audience from their explanation of reproduction, What Makes a Baby (2013), Silverberg and Smyth explore various meanings for the word "sex." Read full book review >

THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A paint-by-numbers effort to market a spinoff that's likely to be equally ephemeral. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a prequel to an upcoming Disney Channel film, the offspring of four familiar villains bond in an effort to impress their evil parents. Read full book review >
MY TATA'S REMEDIES / LOS REMEDIOS DE MI TATA by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"So many cultural treasures are dependent on word-of-mouth transmission, and this story encourages grandparents to lovingly pass on their knowledge to eager grandchildren and family members. (Bilingual picture book. 4-11)"
Following My Nana's Remedies/Los Remedios De Mi Nana, illustrated by Edna San Miguel (2002), Rivera-Ashford offers another semiautobiographical and child-friendly recounting of the importance of sharing intergenerational wisdom, this time accompanied by Castro L.'s expressive illustrations. Read full book review >
THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER by Dave Barry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A light, comic tone and more-or-less believable stakes make for a winning combination. (Thriller. 8-12) "
A Miami eighth-grader's class trip to the nation's capital quickly escalates into an international incident. Read full book review >

RATSCALIBUR by Josh Lieb
by Josh Lieb, illustrated by Tom Lintern
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A crowd-pleasing mix of quick action, true valor, clever wordplay, and gross bits. (Animal fantasy. 9-11)"
A young New York City newcomer becomes a rat and then a hero in this tale of knightly derring-do. Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING by Krista Van Dolzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Numerous omissions and inaccuracies work against the earnest 'war hurts everyone' message. (Historical fantasy. 10-13)"
All that's left of Ella Mae's cousin Robby, killed in combat on Iwo Jima, are his bloodstained dog tags, but a California scientist claims that using the DNA it contains, he can reconstruct him. Read full book review >
ATLANTIS IN PERIL by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Relative inaction and deus ex machina solutions mark this installment as a typical middle volume; here's hoping the conclusion makes up for at least some of the failings of the first two books. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The evil spirit Narkazan, supposedly vanquished in Atlantis Rising (2013), is back. Read full book review >
THE STARS OF SUMMER by Tara Dairman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"How Gladys rises to these and other challenges is the fun of the story, and despite the novel's flaws, middle-grade girls should enjoy the ride. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old girl who freelances as a restaurant reviewer (her employer doesn't know her age) finds it increasingly difficult to keep her job secret from her parents while dealing with the problems of being a first-time camper and counselor-in-training. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDSHIP RIDDLE by Megan Frazer Blakemore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Not so much for puzzlers as for patient observers of social growth who enjoy varied intellectual and philosophical tidbits. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a small Maine town, struggling with how—or whether—to have friends, a girl follows a trail of cryptic paper clues. Read full book review >
RETURN TO AUGIE HOBBLE by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Great fun, with hardly a trope or theme left unspun. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The award-bedizened illustrator offers up his first novel. Read full book review >
BUCKLE AND SQUASH by Sarah Courtauld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Young readers will laugh themselves silly. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Two sisters living in the Middle of Nowhere get involved in a dangerous plot in this debut fantasy from England. 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 >