PRINCESS PISTACHIO AND THE PEST by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"Long live Princess Pistachio. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Princess Pistachio Shoelace's summer vacation is not starting out on a high note. Read full book review >
MR. POSTMOUSE'S ROUNDS by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Like a mailbox overstuffed with gifts, Dubuc's animal scenes are a delight and well worth the wait. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A dedicated postal worker, who happens to be a small mouse, makes the daily deliveries in a lively dispatch from Dubuc. Read full book review >

THE TEA PARTY IN THE WOODS by Akiko Miyakoshi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"As beguilingly surreal as the Mad Hatter's party, with its own enigmatic appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Kikko wakes up to snow, her father goes off to clear the walk around Grandma's house but forgets the pie he was to take with him. Read full book review >
PEPPER & POE by Frann Preston-Gannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"A sparkling addition to the new-sibling bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Life is good for Pepper, the household's only cat, until Poe arrives—now nothing will be the same, as the new siblings navigate toys, space, and ultimately, friendship. Read full book review >
THE MALONEYS' MAGICAL WEATHERBOX by Nigel Quinlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"A boisterous, gusty romp and an exhilarating debut. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Meteorological catastrophe threatens when an evildoer brings all four Seasons to Ireland at once. Read full book review >

8 by Elisha Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Don't get behind the eight ball: order now; it's great fun. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A distinctive animal alphabet presents a counting game. Read full book review >
WHERE ARE YOU, BLUE? by Sonali Fry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Utterly charming. (Board book. 2-3)"
All the Dots in Dot Town gather for a swell meal, but one of their number is missing. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE WOODS by Rebecca Bond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"Awe-inspiring, exquisitely rendered, indeed 'unforgettable.' (author's note) (Picture book. 4-9)"
In 1914, a 4-year-old boy living in Gowganda, Ontario, witnesses a forest fire that forces people and animals into a nearby lake to survive. Read full book review >
MUMMY CAT by Marcus Ewert
Kirkus Star
by Marcus Ewert, illustrated by Lisa Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"Elegantly designed for young fans of ancient Egypt, this sweet ghost story of a pet's love for its owner transcends time. (Picture book. 5-9)"
"Deep within this maze of stone, / a creature wakes up, all alone." Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF DARES FOR LOST FRIENDS by Jane Kelley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Readers with patience and the willingness to work with the story will find its rewards ample and lasting. (Magical realism. 9-13)"
With the help of Tasman, a singular boy with a troubled history, Val, a good-hearted, well-grounded sixth-grader, tries to harness ancient forces in order to help her best friend, Lanora, whose attempt to "begin again" has gone seriously awry. Read full book review >
NIGHT ANIMALS by Gianna Marino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"A giggle-inducing new gem for the night-fears bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Animals turn topsy-turvy in fear of things that go bump in the night. Read full book review >
ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE by Tamara Ellis Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Elegant prose and emotional authenticity will make this title sing not only for those who have experienced tragedies, but for everyone who knows the magic that only true friendship can foster. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Two 10-year-old boys, both on journeys in the wake of loss, find themselves connected by a simple marble—and much more. 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 >