HOW LUNCHBOX JONES SAVED ME FROM ROBOTS, TRAITORS, AND MISSY THE CRUEL by Jennifer Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Though they may not shine in the robotics department, Luke and his team succeed in other ways in this likable comedy. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Robotics and friendship come together for one ordinary seventh-grader. Read full book review >
TOBY AND THE ICE GIANTS by Joe Lillington
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A skimpy alternative to Adrian Lister and Martin Ursell's Ice Age Tracker's Guide (2010). (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A small bison meets some ice age megafauna in this prehistoric ramble. Read full book review >

APPLEBLOSSOM THE POSSUM by Holly Goldberg Sloan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A warm and funny possum-family saga. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
A young possum topples down a chimney to become the pet of a little girl while her brothers try to rescue her. Read full book review >
MAD ABOUT MONKEYS by Owen Davey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A vast amount of information on monkeys is expertly delivered in both text and image without patronizing either readers or monkeys—a delight. (index) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
An informational picture book about monkeys throughout the world. Read full book review >
FLUTTER AND HUM/ALETEO Y ZUMBIDO by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Readers would be hard-pressed to find a snappier introduction to language appreciation, poetry and vocabulary enrichment. (author's notes) (Bilingual picture book/poetry. 3-10)"
A striking exploration of the animal kingdom in bilingual poems. Read full book review >

A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A school story with heart. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fifth grade is, as the title indicates, a whole new ballgame for best friends Rip and Red. Read full book review >
FIREFLY HOLLOW by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"This sweet and memorable tale deserves both a sequel and a film version. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Firefly and Cricket, two tiny animals with big dreams, challenge the status quo by befriending a miniature giant (a boy named Peter)—and by pursuing their destinies with the help of an old river vole. Read full book review >
ICEBREAKER by Lian Tanner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An artfully crafted adventure that's equal parts thought-provoking and thrilling. (character list) (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Scientists hide a secret aboard a ship headed for the farthest reaches of the Earth in the hopes of saving a remnant of modern technology and knowledge from the Anti-Machinists, a group of zealots determined to throw the world into another Dark Age. Read full book review >
HARRIET THE INVINCIBLE by Ursula Vernon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Creatively fresh and feminist, with laughs on every single page. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 8-12)"
This new series from Dragonbreath's Vernon puts a wild spin on "Sleeping Beauty." Read full book review >
IN THE CANYON by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Nature lovers of all ages will welcome the easy accessibility of this Grand Canyon tribute. (Picture book. 3-10)"
The Grand Canyon? That nearly 2 billion-year-old, 277-mile-long, and 1-mile-deep "crevice" in northern Arizona? Never heard of it? Read full book review >
FAB FOUR FRIENDS by Susanna Reich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"First steps on the long and winding road. (author's note, endnotes, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Four Liverpool lads determinedly dope out how to play their instruments and then make beautiful music together just in time for…Beatlemania! Read full book review >
PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK HEROES by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Tales that 'lay out your options for painful and interesting ways to die.' And to live. (maps, index) (Mythology. 10-14)"
In a similarly hefty companion to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (2014), the most voluble of Poseidon's many sons dishes on a dozen more ancient relatives and fellow demigods.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 >