WATER IS WATER by Miranda Paul
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"An engaging and lyrical look at the water cycle. (water facts, further reading, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A biracial brother and sister explore the out-of-doors (and a bit of mischief) through the four seasons in this poetic look at the many forms water takes on its trip through its cycle. Read full book review >
BILLY SURE, KID ENTREPRENEUR by Luke Sharpe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Put this page-turner in the hands of those who appreciate a light read with a touch of mystery and humor. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Billy Sure is the envy of his peers, a whiz-kid who has turned his invention into a moneymaking success story. What could go wrong? Read full book review >

CAKES IN SPACE by Philip Reeve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Campy, 1960s-style science fiction mixes with zany, kid-friendly ridiculousness for extreme fun. (Science fiction. 7-11)"
The American debut of an acclaimed British comedy. Read full book review >
THE ENCHANTED CHARMS by Geronimo Stilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Adequate for its audience. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
The latest in the Kingdom of Fantasy series sends Geronimo Stilton on a scavenger hunt for magic items to stop an evil wizard. Read full book review >
HOW TO SPEAK DOLPHIN by Ginny Rorby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Dolphin lovers will appreciate this look at our complicated relationship with these marine mammals. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Is dolphin-assisted therapy so beneficial to patients that it's worth keeping a wild dolphin captive? Read full book review >

THE SEARCH FOR BABY RUBY by Susan Shreve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"An entertaining thriller with a feel-good ending that, despite its over-the-top plot, showcases the emotionally resonant ties that bind sisters and families. (Thriller. 8-12)"
After her niece is kidnapped from a hotel room, 12-year-old Jess must find the baby and get her back. Read full book review >
THE FOG DIVER by Joel Ross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"It's a fresh approach, convincingly delivered, with overtones reminiscent of Dickens…the only thing missing is a sequel, which readers will hope won't be far behind. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Adult novelist Ross (White Flag Down, 2007, etc.) makes his middle-grade debut with a boy's desperate search to save himself and his crew from a horrible fate in a post-apocalyptic future.Read full book review >
ICE CREAM SUMMER by Peter Sís
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Oh, yum. (author's note, further reading) (Picture book. 4-10)"
In ice cream colors, Sís delivers an encomium to summer, to the power of learning, and to that beloved, creamy-cold treat. Read full book review >
CLOSE TO THE WIND by Jon Walter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A good choice for sensitive children not ready for more pointed accounts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Walter's debut novel is a profile of innocence maintained in the face of war. Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE TORCH by Robert Sharenow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Exciting if at times disquieting in its realism. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
When her mother dies in quarantine at Ellis Island, 12-year-old Sarah has no hope of being admitted to America on her own. Read full book review >
BEST FRIEND NEXT DOOR by Carolyn Mackler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Mackler deftly weaves the thread of her plot between the two girls' tribulations and joys (at school and home) for a story that will resonate with any child who has ever struggled to parse the mysteries of friendship. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-olds Hannah and Emme have a lot in common—but does that mean they have to be friends? Read full book review >
ALEXANDER'S ARMY by Chris d’Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"A hodgepodge of contrived set pieces and tired X-Files-style tropes, with no sign of resolution. (Adventure. 11-13)"
A teenager struggling to control his ability to transform reality undertakes a mission for the secretive organization that recruited him in the opener. 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 >