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 >
HOME TWEET HOME by Courtney Dicmas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A few choppy parts lead to an uneven read-aloud, but the page-turn reveals are their own reward. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A family of cave swallows decides that its nest is too small. Read full book review >

DRIVE ME CRAZY by Terra Elan McVoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A trek across the continent evolves into a journey of personal growth in this affecting book. (Fiction. 10-14)"
New cousins Lana and Cassie embark upon a road trip with their recently married grandparents and with very different attitudes. Read full book review >
THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Despite flaws, this is a book worth reading simply for its originality. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A fantasy based in Caribbean folklore. Read full book review >
FERALS by Jacob Grey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"This series opener is definitely not for arachnophobes or those easily frightened, but stouthearted readers happy to suspend their disbelief may enjoy the urban setting and fast-paced plot. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
People who can commune with animals populate this urban fantasy for middle-grade readers. Read full book review >

TEN PIGS by Derek Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Toddlers will enjoy this, the cleanest piggy count ever. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Ten pigs in a tub?! That can't be fun. Read full book review >
NEVER ASK A DINOSAUR TO DINNER by Gareth Edwards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A silly bedtime read. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Rhyming text and boisterous art combine to deliver a string of humorous mini-cautionary tales leading up to a peaceful bedtime. Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH A MOUSE by Philippa Leathers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Clemmie in a trench coat, using what she's learned, is worth the price of admission alone. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Ginger kitten Clemmie keeps her house mouse-free…or does she? Read full book review >
LITTLE RED HENRY by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A story that humorously but gently reminds overprotective families that it is natural and necessary and healthy for a child to learn to do for himself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture book about a youngest child who wants to grow up...but the rest of the family isn't ready to let him. Read full book review >
BIG NEWS! by Ida Siegal
by Ida Siegal, illustrated by Karla Peña
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Light on substance but an entertaining series debut nonetheless. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Third-grader Emma Perez is obsessed with becoming a famous star, and inspired by a news reporter on TV, Emma decides becoming a reporter is her path to fame; now she just needs to find her first story. Read full book review >
WOOF by Spencer Quinn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Utterly charmed by a spunky girl and her charismatic canine, mystery fans will find themselves looking forward to a return to the little bayou town of St. Roch. (Mystery. 8-12)"
In a Louisiana bayou town, a girl and her dog set out to solve a mystery, battling bad guys and big gators along the way. Read full book review >
THE UNBELIEVABLE TOP SECRET DIARY OF PIG by Emer Stamp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"While practiced readers may grow tired of the faux bad grammar, kids who prioritize fart jokes over proper diction will hope the sequel hops the pond soon. (Humor. 7-11)"
Can Pig and friend Duck best the evil chickens and escape Farmer's roasting oven? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >