WOUNDABOUT by Lev Rosen
by Lev Rosen, illustrated by Ellis Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"Appealing and pleasingly thoughtful. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A cliff-top river town, subterranean tunnels, and gearwork essentials figure in an intriguing steampunk fantasy. Read full book review >
THE WAND & THE SEA by Claire M. Caterer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"Generic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Holly returns to the alternate realm that she can only reach from a holiday cottage. Read full book review >

THE FIRE CHILDREN by Lauren Roy
Released: June 18, 2015

"This entry in the stuffed paranormal-romance genre refreshingly lacks passive angst. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In a fantasyland desert, one girl's encounter with her gods is both dangerous and romantic. Read full book review >
BINNY IN SECRET by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"There's never a dull moment in the Cornwallis household—nor one not rich with love and laughter. Fans of Binny for Short (2013) will welcome this second chance to look in on the commotion. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Newly arrived in a small Cornish town, 12-year-old Binny Cornwallis struggles to find her footing as disasters and mysteries pile up inexorably. Read full book review >
MOTHMAN'S CURSE by Christine Hayes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"An ectoplasmic extravaganza…tailor-made for reading beneath the bedcovers. (Suspense. 10-12)"
Ghostly portents and horrifying visions drive two children to desperate efforts to avert an impending catastrophe in this debut chiller. Read full book review >

WELCOME HOME! by Kristin Earhart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"This agreeable story may well send its readers in search of the classic that was its inspiration. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A new chapter-book series builds on the familiar world of Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague (1947).Read full book review >
SPACEJACKERS by Huw Powell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Perhaps not totally 'magnifty,' as Jake would say, but far from 'garbish,' particularly for younger readers in need of a starter space opera. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Can an orphan hold the key to the location of a lost planet and a fortune in gems? Read full book review >
HOW JELLY ROLL MORTON INVENTED JAZZ by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Morton's seminal role in jazz deserves both celebration and elucidation; this disjointed treatment mainly accomplishes the former. (author's note, recommended listening, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Winter offers a speculative look at the life and musical career of jazz innovator Jelly Roll Morton. Read full book review >
GOBLINS ON THE PROWL by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"A goblin salute (i.e., a finger up the nose) for this brisk and funny outing. (afterword) (Fantasy. 9-11)"
In an inexcusably tardy sequel to Goblins in the Castle (1992), stakes escalate when old spells and new mischief collide, sending a giant stone toad bounding off with the previous episode's protagonist in its mouth.Read full book review >
RUBY ON THE OUTSIDE by Nora Raleigh Baskin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"A deeply compassionate exploration of an experience underrepresented in children's literature but overrepresented in the real world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Having a mom in prison presents Ruby with complications and challenges. Read full book review >
ATTACK OF THE ALIEN HORDE by Robert Venditti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Phrases like 'comic-book villain' are sometimes used to describe cardboard characters, but actual comic books tend to be more sophisticated than that. Readers may prefer them to this surprisingly bland novel. (Adventure. 9-12)"
This comic-book-style adventure is not a subtle book. Read full book review >
THE SIGN OF THE CAT by Lynne Jonell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 16, 2015

"Intriguing, well-drawn characters, evocatively described settings, plenty of action, and touches of humor combine to create an utterly satisfying adventure. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The ability to communicate with cats allows young Duncan McKay to survive an abduction, rescue a lost princess, and triumph over a wily enemy. 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 >