DOJO DAYCARE by Chris Tougas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Day care is full of covert purposes, ninja or not; this rollicking read-aloud will fit right in. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ninja training begins early, but before any power moves are taught, young ones must first learn to control their emotions—practical advice for any 3-year-old. Read full book review >
REVENGE ON THE FLY by Sylvia McNicoll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"An entertaining visit to the past with a likable guide on a spirited—if icky—quest. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A fly-catching contest comes to dominate the life of new Irish immigrant Will in 1912 Hamilton, Ontario. Read full book review >

LITTLE PUPPY AND THE BIG GREEN MONSTER by Mike Wohnoutka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This sweet story of new, unusual friendship is sure to elicit plenty of giggles. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Little Puppy's persistence wins him an unexpected friend. Read full book review >
MOE IS BEST by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This lighthearted take on youthful determination and the value of continued effort successfully avoids undue complexity, allowing both message and story to reach their emergent-reader audience. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Veteran Torrey joins the stable of author-illustrators contributing to the I Like to Read picture-book series, crafting a family tale of persistence and confidence that serves as a timely lesson in a text explicitly aimed at the youngest budding readers. Read full book review >
NANNY X by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"A fun and funny blend of Spy Kids and Mary Poppins. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Lots of nannies are special; this one is a special agent. Read full book review >

BUT! by Tim Hamilton
by Tim Hamilton, illustrated by Tim Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"The premise promises more than the delivery, BUT…there's no denying that this tale of pirate foolishness is great good fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An impromptu piratical birthday bash is saved at the last minute thanks to quick thinking and ample ugly footwear. Read full book review >
HATCH, LITTLE EGG by Édouard Manceau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"But even skeptics may be won over by the pictures. A pig really might be the cutest thing in the world—even if it's a bird in disguise. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pig lovers will be utterly confused by this book. Read full book review >
A NIGHT AT THE ZOO by Kathy Caple
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Young animal lovers will find much to laugh at here. (Early reader. 3-6)"
One boy, one dad, one cellphone and one ill-timed nap add up to one crazy trip to the zoo. Read full book review >
RAFA WAS MY ROBOT by Alexandra Dellevoet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Just lovely. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What's a little boy to do when he loses his best friend? Read full book review >
BACKWARDS MOON by Mary  Losure
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Ultimately less than the sum of its parts, this earnest effort may disappoint rather than enchant. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Losure has chosen a popular topic—witches—for her first work of fiction. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS OF GETTYSBURG by Bobbi Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This is an introduction more than anything else, as it nibbles on the edges of a feast. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Miller explores the harrowing and bloody days of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of three girls. Read full book review >
THE FLAT RABBIT by Bárdur Oskarsson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"As perfectly, honestly childlike in its approach as Margaret Wise Brown and Remy Charlip's classic The Dead Bird, this title should provoke both thought and discussion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Upon seeing a flattened rabbit on the road, a dog and rat try to honor her in this secular story about compassion and respect. 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 >