Freddy Fumple and the Mindmonsters by Vegard Svingen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"This fanciful children's book succeeds despite the author's uneven writing style."
In Svingen's debut middle-grade novel, 10-year-old Freddy Fumple journeys to a fantastical land called The InBetween where he must help vanquish a horde of destructive creatures called mindmonsters. Read full book review >
Physical Literacy 12 Steps Pledge Ambassadorship by Steven C. McCartney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2015

"An often vibrant supplement for phys ed teachers."
A physical education columnist and teacher aims to motivate young people with a 12-step plan for attaining a lifetime of good health. Read full book review >

MAKENA'S SHADOW by Monica K.K. Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Not perfect, but a worthwhile glimpse into a colorful culture.
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In this coming-of-age story, Lee (Fricken Kids, 2013) tackles grief, teenage dissatisfaction, familial drama, and culture shock.Read full book review >
THE HUNT FOR THE MAGIC PEARL by Shirley G. Perry-Church
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A fun, exciting underwater romp."
Mermaid glamour meets action and suspense in Perry-Church's vividly imagined debut fantasy book for children. Read full book review >
ZIP IT! by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Some things just can't be done in a book; a three-dimensional toy with similar fastenings will serve the audience better. (Board book. 3-5)"
A novelty book with a clever concept struggles to overcome the challenges of execution. Read full book review >

THE PURGATORIUM by Eva Pohler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 16, 2013

"Flashes of creepiness enhance this island-set YA thriller."
Novelist and nonfiction writer Pohler (The Calibans, 2015, etc.) kicks off a new YA series with the story of Daphne, a girl who can't wait to die—until it becomes a very real possibility. Read full book review >
Brisko: A True Tale of Survival by Steven Paul Winkelstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2014

"An amazing story of survival and hope that will resonate with audiences of all ages."
Winkelstein's (Elephant, Elephant, Come Alive!, 2011, etc.) YA novel offers the compelling account of a Holocaust survivor. Read full book review >
NALAH GOES TO MAD MOUSE CITY by Anne Sawyer-Aitch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2014

"A wonderfully illustrated, not-too-serious story that may make children eager to visit a mouse town and try taffy hairstyles."
A mischievous young girl visits a mouse city and invites all its residents to a picnic in this boldly illustrated tale by Sawyer-Aitch (Nalah and the Pink Tiger, 2013). Read full book review >
The Adventures of Precious Penny by Dina Marie Filippini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 8, 2015

"Although this kids' book promises adventure, readers may find little to latch onto, as the main character spends most of her time waiting for something to happen."
Filippini's debut picture book traces the journey of a penny that's mislaid and neglected. Read full book review >
MOMMY GOES TO THE OFFICE by Gulden Mesara-Dogan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A must-have introduction to the workplace for young children."
This debut children's book takes a look at a mother's workday. Read full book review >
The Mage's Dilemma by Daphne Ashling Purpus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 16, 2015

"Newcomers should probably begin earlier in this fantasy series, but fans will no doubt enjoy reading the further adventures of old friends."
When nefarious excavators set off a volcanic eruption in Draconia, the country's telepaths pool their skills to save the city in this latest YA fantasy series installment. Read full book review >
Atlas Forman & The Necessary Dream by Derek Holser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Fantasy elements may hook readers, but the characters will land them."
A magical destiny awaits a 12-year-old daydreamer, but he has real-life troubles to contend with first. 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 >