FUR, FINS, AND FEATHERS by Cassandre Maxwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"Sure to spark the interest of animal-loving children, this engaging portrait will also please history buffs and Anglophiles. (timeline, author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Maxwell presents a brief biography of Abraham Dee Bartlett, the self-taught animal expert who became superintendent of the London Zoo in 1859 and subsequently made significant improvements in the understanding, care, and treatment of animals in captivity. Read full book review >
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 >

THE GOOD LITTLE BOOK by Kyo Maclear
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"In a decade of de rigueur picture books praising books, it is primarily the artwork that sets this one apart. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a boy heads to the study, ordered to "think things over," he begins a relationship with a book that becomes special to him, even if it has no "proper jacket." Read full book review >
THE LITTLE GARDENER by Emily Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A lovely visual tribute to the persistent hard work behind every flourishing garden. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lad scarcely bigger than his pet worm struggles to maintain a large garden by himself. Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Keiko Kasza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"With silly scenarios and a surprise ending to tickle young readers, this circular story makes a terrific storytime read. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When is a hat not a hat? When it finds its way into the hands of Kasza's lively cast of woodland creatures! Read full book review >

LULU'S PARTY by Kit Chase
by Kit Chase, illustrated by Kit Chase
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Adorable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
What's the best thing to do on a rainy day? 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 >
THE LAST BARGAIN by Samita Aiyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Steer clear of this one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A rat learns to bargain in this picture book from India. Read full book review >
MITFORD AT THE FASHION ZOO by Donald Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Sassy and inspiringly drawn: a funny, captivating treat for the eyes and imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An aspiring fashionista gets a big break. Read full book review >
TICKLE MONSTER by Édouard Manceau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Bonne nuit, chérie. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Matte black pages with blocks of solid geometric color and a white sans-serif type illustrate a small child's dialogue with an imaginary monster in the darkness before sleep. 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 >
SONYA'S CHICKENS by Phoebe Wahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A reassuring story about death in the natural world, thoughtfully designed and illustrated. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A father's thoughtful explanation provides a helpful perspective for a child's loss. 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 >