THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING by Krista Van Dolzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Numerous omissions and inaccuracies work against the earnest 'war hurts everyone' message. (Historical fantasy. 10-13)"
All that's left of Ella Mae's cousin Robby, killed in combat on Iwo Jima, are his bloodstained dog tags, but a California scientist claims that using the DNA it contains, he can reconstruct him. Read full book review >
LITTLE KUNOICHI, THE NINJA GIRL by Sanae Ishida
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Stunning artwork, full of warmth and pizazz, presents a lovable heroine who will win hearts with her perseverance and humor. (Picture book. 3-7)"
For Little Kunoichi, ninja school is hard, but with practice, friendship, and humor, she flies high at the Island Festival. Read full book review >

SHEEP GO TO SLEEP by Nancy Shaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A beguiling bedtime book and a nice choice for just before nap time. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Count the sheep as they fall asleep…. Read full book review >
THE FORGET-ME-NOT SUMMER by Leila Howland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"An old-fashioned story well-told, with engaging characters—a beach read for preteens that is as comfortable as the old tennis shoes worn on the Massachusetts shore. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When job opportunities prevent their parents from staying in Los Angeles for the summer, Zinnia, Marigold, and Lily are sent, unhappily, across the country to great-aunt Sunny's. Read full book review >
EL PERRO CON SOMBRERO by Derek Taylor Kent
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A nifty bilingual treat. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Move over, Puss in Boots and Cat in the Hat; now there's el Perro con Sombrero and el Gato con Zapatos. Read full book review >

THE STARS OF SUMMER by Tara Dairman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"How Gladys rises to these and other challenges is the fun of the story, and despite the novel's flaws, middle-grade girls should enjoy the ride. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old girl who freelances as a restaurant reviewer (her employer doesn't know her age) finds it increasingly difficult to keep her job secret from her parents while dealing with the problems of being a first-time camper and counselor-in-training. Read full book review >
DON'T THROW IT TO MO! by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A diverse cast of football players, including a pigtailed girl and a proudly centered African-American protagonist, adds interest, but the plot's flaws may put off even young football fanatics. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Mo is one football-crazy little boy. Read full book review >
ATLANTIS IN PERIL by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Relative inaction and deus ex machina solutions mark this installment as a typical middle volume; here's hoping the conclusion makes up for at least some of the failings of the first two books. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The evil spirit Narkazan, supposedly vanquished in Atlantis Rising (2013), is back. Read full book review >
GOOD MORNING TO ME! by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A few hearty squawks and a brisk bit of exercise—what better way to start the day? (Picture book. 5-7)"
Unlike her snoozing friend Mouse, Beatrix is a morning person…er, parrot, who rises both in full voice and fully ready to torment the household cat. Read full book review >
THERE'S A LION IN MY CORNFLAKES by Michelle Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"This bland addition to the 'unusual pets' genre misses most of the comedic possibilities and ends up a long way from 'grrrrreat.' (Picture book. 5-7)"
An all-too-successful cereal promotion leads to surprises, some of them unpleasant, for two lads who send in coupons for a free lion. Read full book review >
THE TOTALLY SECRET SECRET by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Here's hoping that Ballet Cat and Sparkles return soon to help new readers learn about friendship. This series will not be a secret for long. (Early reader. 4-8)"
A pink cat and a polka-dot horse join together in a light story of secrets and friendship. Read full book review >
MONKEY AND THE LITTLE ONE by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"The story looks beautiful, but the depths of the issue are never plumbed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mouse disturbs a monkey's tranquility but soon turns from irksome to indispensable in Alexander's tale of friendship's often strange course. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >