RHODA'S ROCK HUNT by Molly Beth Griffin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Rock collectors will smile at her cairns and will be better able to leave behind beloved rocks. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Rhoda goes hiking with Auntie June and Uncle Jonah, it's not a little day hike. Read full book review >
MURPHY, GOLD RUSH DOG  by Alison Hart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An adventure-filled tale set within a fascinating period of history. (historical note, bibliography, further reading) (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Historical fiction for dog lovers. Read full book review >

WHAT'S THAT SMELL? by Rachelle Kreisman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An upbeat, serviceable introduction to the benefits of wearing clean clothes, changing bed sheets regularly, and caring for skin, nails and hair. (glossary, index, print and Web resources) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
"How can you defeat the icky germs? Fight them off by washing and brushing your teeth." Read full book review >
THE INCREDIBLE PLATE TECTONICS COMIC by Kanani K.M. Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"African-American Geo cuts a suitably chiseled figure in the pictures, but he doesn't get enough to do and so is really no more than a mouthpiece—perhaps there will be more of a plot in his next adventure. (online projects, index) (Graphic nonfiction. 10-12)"
Superhero Geo introduces readers to plate tectonics. Read full book review >
CLAUDE ON THE SLOPES by Alex T. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"In the end, it's hard not to love a main character who wears a one-man-band outfit to the library, in case he finds a very exciting book. (Fiction. 7-9)"
It's difficult to describe the Claude books without using the word surreal. The new book in the series may be the sweetest surrealist children's book ever published. Read full book review >

FLOATER by Rick Goldsberry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A failed fantasy. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Morphing into a floater should be a good thing. Read full book review >
BRAVOMAN by Matt Moylan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Readers may get tired of waiting for a punch line that never comes. (foreword, sketch gallery) (Graphic short stories. 7-14)"
This is a millennial sort of comic: An obscure Japanese video game was turned into a webcomic, which has now been collected into a book. Read full book review >
WHEN ANGUS MET ALVIN by Sue Pickford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Children will enjoy the setup and the interactions, but the ending may well leave them cold. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The course of alien friendship never did run smooth. Read full book review >
SEB AND HAMISH by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A fresh take on dog books. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When Seb and his mother visit their new neighbor in this British import, he isn't sure he wants to get to know her boisterous dog, Hamish. Read full book review >
FOLLOWING THE TRACTOR by Susan Steggall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A delightful book that will stand up to repeated readings on a lap or in a group setting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Over the course of a year, all manner of birds and animals follow a farmer as he works the fields with his tractor. Read full book review >
THE GENTLEMAN BAT by Abraham Schroeder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A jaunty rhyme that just may teach manners to boot. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A dapper bat, resplendent in top hat, monocle and cane, strolls down 19th-century cobblestone streets to see where the night takes him. Read full book review >
THE ART OF LEGO DESIGN by Jordan Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"From where to buy those elements you just gotta have to where to go to find inspiration, Schwartz has included it all, and Lego fans will want this close to hand as both inspiration and guide for their next builds. (Nonfiction. 9 & up)"
Combining a history of Lego, interviews with prominent Lego builders and ideas for bringing models to the next level of inventiveness, this book will speak both to readers who are just starting out and to those looking to refine their skills. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >