GIANT VEHICLES by Rod Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A gallery of gargantuan delights guaranteed to leave young fans of mountainous machinery panting with pleasure. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Eight real-life big "dogs"—some of which make the monsters of myth and movie look like Chihuahuas. Read full book review >
NELSON MANDELA by Matt Doeden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Routine assignment fodder. (further reading, websites, index) (Biography. 8-11)"
A standard-issue profile of the renowned activist—one of a spate launched by his death in December 2013. Read full book review >

THE FRANKENSTEIN JOURNALS by Scott Sonneborn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Spindly the plotline may be, but it's greened up with a few yuks and rises from an unusually fertile series premise. (Light fantasy. 9-11)"
The discovery of a detailed journal kept by his patchwork dad's creator prompts a child with mismatched parts of his own to start tracking down his many "cousins." Read full book review >
FIRST DAY AT ZOO SCHOOL by Sarah Dillard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Can opposites be friends? Yes, but real friendship is not the one-way street depicted here. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Dillard explores friendship between two opposites. Read full book review >
DIGBY O'DAY IN THE FAST LANE by Shirley  Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Digby and Percy are slated to return in additional adventures; whether they can win the contest to capture the interest of young readers and listeners remains to be seen. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Mother-daughter, author-illustrator team Hughes and Vulliamy collaborate for a low-key tale with an old-fashioned feel, decidedly British flavor and cheerful illustrations. Read full book review >

THE PROBLEM WITH NOT BEING SCARED OF MONSTERS by Dan Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"It's probably best to stick with Mercer Mayer's classics or Josh Schneider's Bedtime Monsters (2013). (Picture book. 2-5)"
If you're not scared of monsters, there's no problem…right? Read full book review >
BEAR'S SCHOOL DAY by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"There are better offerings on the back-to-school shelf for easing those new to school into the routine; skip this one. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Blackstone's Bear and pals introduce children to a typical school day. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Presents a huge amount of history in a format easy for browsing. (resources, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The latest installment in the For Kids series spans the early 1800s to the early 1900s in the United States, covering 100 years of revolutionary changes in manufacturing, transportation and communication. Read full book review >
THE VIRGINIA GIANT by Sherry Norfolk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"How could such a larger-than-life figure have become so little known? He's not likely to stay that way any longer. (glossary, timeline) (Biography. 11-13)"
Two veteran storytellers carefully separate legend from equally astonishing fact in this rousing introduction to Peter Francisco, a genuine supersoldier of the American Revolution. Read full book review >
IF by David J.  Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"If this book were a pizza, young readers would gobble down every slice—and demand more for dessert. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Continuing his exploration of the mind-expanding possibilities of scale modeling, Smith extends the premise of If America Were a Village (2009) to encompass life, time and the universe. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT FOOTBALL by Michael Dahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"At least one fan's dreams will be of the gridiron. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The excitement of a family's trip to a football game segues into a Goodnight Moon–like list of goodnights, ending with the young boy in bed, asleep, football tucked under his arm. Read full book review >
THERE'S A MOUSE HIDING IN THIS BOOK! by Benjamin Bird
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A good use of well-worn characters. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The 74-year-old animated-comedy duo goes meta! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >