BROTHER GIOVANNI'S LITTLE REWARD by Anna Egan Smucker
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"As happy a piece of ecclesiastical cuisine as can be imagined (Picture book. 5-9)"
A fanciful and inventive version of how those yummy big soft pretzels came to be. Read full book review >
TALES OF A FIFTH-GRADE KNIGHT by Douglas Gibson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A fizzy mix of low humor and brisk action, with promise of more of both to come. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Heroic deeds await Isaac after his little sister runs into the school basement and is captured by elves. Read full book review >

MARCH GRAND PRIX by Kean Soo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An unfalteringly sunny, action-driven collection. (Graphic adventure. 7-11)"
Known as "the fast and the furriest," March Hare and his porcine sidekick, Hammond, race to adventure in three different illustrated tales. Read full book review >
JARS OF HOPE by Jennifer Roy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sensitive, discussable access point for children learning about Holocaust history. (afterword, author's note, glossary, index, source notes) (Picture book. 8-10)"
The brave work of Irena Sendler, one of the righteous gentiles of World War II, is succinctly depicted in this new picture book. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A nifty supplement to traditional nonfiction and fiction on the period. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Bearce's latest installment in the Top Secret Files series introduces young readers to the Cold War. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Enchanting indeed—and inspiring as well. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Welcome to a particular type of circus—where the child performers may just change the world "one acrobat, contortionist, and flyer at a time." Read full book review >
AFTER DARK by James Leck
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A great light read for graduates of John Kloepfer's The Zombie Chasers (2010). (Horror. 10-14)"
Rolling Hills is a boring, little hick town…until sundown. Read full book review >
RAIDERS OF THE LOST SHARK by Lyn Gardner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"For fans of the previous book, it's a lot more of the same. For newbies, consider walking the plank instead. (Adventure. 9-11)"
The baddies are back, and they're ready to do anything to locate their beloved treasure, even if it means having to fake acting school experience. Read full book review >
THE SPECIFIC OCEAN by Kyo Maclear
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A lovely, quiet beach story. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A young girl must reluctantly leave the city and friends she loves in favor of summer in a cottage with her family on the Pacific coast. Read full book review >
SUPERBRAIN by Toronto Public Library
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Intended as a pathway to lifelong learning, this is more like a winding, muddy dead end. (appendix, glossary, source list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
From the librarian-authors of The Research Virtuoso (2012), a guide for younger would-be "super-learners" to gathering and evaluating information.Read full book review >
10 RIVERS THAT SHAPED THE WORLD by Marilee Peters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A well-turned, involving introduction to important waterways on six of the seven continents. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Ten great rivers (well, 11, but two are kissing cousins)—and not just the obvious ones—give Peters a chance to fashion 10 fine stories. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >