JUST FOR TODAY by St. John XXIII
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 27, 2015

"There's plenty of wisdom here for older children and adults of many faiths. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Landmann illustrates the decalogue of Angelo Roncalli, probably best known as Pope John XXIII and now St. John—a simple set of 10 precepts to live by. Read full book review >
LEGENDS OF THE RIF by Joe  O'Neill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2015

"Another entertaining action-adventure installment, albeit one with a few too many plot strands."
In O'Neill's (Wrath of the Caid, 2014, etc.) third volume of his YA Red Hand Adventures series, the Moroccan resistance prepares to battle a power-hungry warlord who's allied himself with the French army.Read full book review >

JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE by Durga Yael Bernhard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 24, 2015

"Not much here to make kids run out and climb a tree. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Children climb trees around the world to play, make discoveries, see what they can see and maybe pick a tasty treat. Read full book review >
LONG TAIL KITTY by Lark Pien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 23, 2015

"A cotton-candy graphic idyll. (Graphic fantasy. 4-8)"
Four small adventures in the life of Long Tail Kitty. Read full book review >
WHEN THE ANIMALS SAVED EARTH by Alexis York Lumbard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2015

"Some explicit brutality in the pictures adds sobering notes to this pointed fable. (source note) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-9)"
In this version of an ancient but topical tale first recorded in 10th-century Iraq, abused animals and the heedless humans who afflict them argue their cases before a celestial judge. Read full book review >

VINCENT AND THE NIGHT by Adele Enersen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Offbeat enough to add to an already-groaning collection of bedtime books. (Picture book. 1-6)"
Photogenic Vincent is a baby who isn't ready for bedtime, so he uses the pen-and-ink blackness of nighttime to create a fantasy world for himself and readers. Read full book review >
FART SQUAD by Seamus Pilger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Readers who get a gas from such relentlessly fart-sical humor will come away with aching cheeks. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Lunchroom burritos fuel superpowers in a series blastoff aimed at alimentary readers. Read full book review >
DR. CRITCHLORE'S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS by Sheila Grau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"A droll addition to the magical school genre, worthy of a seat toward the front of the (Harry) Potter-wagon. (pictorial cast list) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Will assaults from within and without close a renowned school for minions—leaving the Evil Overlords of the world to draw from rival schools? Read full book review >
THE MAD APPRENTICE by Django Wexler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"A story rich in action and allegory—fantasy fans will want to hang on for what comes next. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Still searching for her missing father, 12- or 13-year-old Alice Creighton finds a formidable enemy in Torment, a wildly dominating magical creature, in this second book in the Forbidden Library series. Read full book review >
ELVIS by Bonnie Christensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Despite some missteps, adult Elvis fans will be thrilled to share this book with children. (author's note, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Brief poems present the childhood and youth of the King of rock 'n' roll. Read full book review >
CASTLE HANGNAIL by Ursula Vernon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"An appealing protagonist, lots of action, clever, witty writing, witchcraft and evildoers who get nothing but what they deserve—what's not to love? (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Castle Hangnail is in desperate need of a new Master; 12-year-old budding Wicked Witch Molly might be just the person to fill the position. Read full book review >
THE RAT WITH THE HUMAN FACE by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Slice-of-life exploits mostly for fans of the first. (Adventure. 9-12)"
The Qwikpick Adventure Society files another official report on its members' derring-do. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >