ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR by Laura Gehl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A picture book to count on for delightful shared reading. (Picture book 3-6)"
Share and share alike! Read full book review >
TOOLING AROUND by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"The layout and concept deserve better material. (author's note, list of animals' habitat ranges, resources for children, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The use of tools by nonhuman animals is explored via 11 animals, each with its own watercolor portrait, rhymed couplet and explanatory gloss. Read full book review >

EGG & SPOON by Gregory Maguire
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An ambitious, Scheherazade-ian novel, rather like a nesting-doll set of stories, that succeeds in capturing some of the complexities of both Russia and life itself. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
Two girls switch identities while colliding with Baba Yaga and the Firebird in Czarist Russia. Read full book review >
MR. BALL by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Expect more from this Pac Man-esque hero and his band of friends. (Graphic fantasy. 5-8)"
Mr. Ball's egg-cellent adventure just may leave him cracked. Read full book review >
BREAKING NEWS by David Biedrzycki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Fun and topical. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Curious bears trigger a media frenzy. Read full book review >

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING ESCAPE by Mark Fearing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A holiday offering that definitely makes a fun all its own. (Picture book. 5-9)"
It's Thanksgiving at Grandma's, and nothing's worse than being stuck with the babies. Read full book review >
LOUISE LOVES ART by Kelly Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Cheerfully art-ful. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fresh and bright sibling tale. Read full book review >
OTIS AND THE SCARECROW by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Fans will enjoy this more cerebral Otis and might build a little empathy along the way. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Otis the retro tractor is back in the fifth installment of the popular series. Read full book review >
MR. FRANK by Irene Luxbacher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"It's a perfect ending to a perfect book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Outstanding mixed-media collages and a thoughtful text create a distinctive book that rises far above most tributes to grandparental love. Read full book review >
A SIMPLE CASE OF ANGELS by Caroline Adderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Though paranormal explanations are only gently hinted at, the angelic twist at the conclusion is satisfyingly appropriate and more about human goodness than evangelizing—entirely in keeping with the book. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Since June Bug, Nicola's new dog, gets into way too much trouble, lately the girl's been worried that her pet will be sent away. Read full book review >
THE SWALLOW by Charis Cotter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Middle-grade storytelling at its very best—extraordinary. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Spooky tension, friendship and compassion permeate this exquisitely plotted middle-grade ghost story. Read full book review >
THE CATEGORICAL UNIVERSE OF CANDICE PHEE by Barry Jonsberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Once readers are past the book's uninviting title, they'll find it impossible not to root for Candice in her valiant and endearing quest to mitigate the sadness of those around her. (Fiction 10-14)"
Twenty-six chapters, one for each letter of the alphabet, chronicle Candice's efforts to fix her family, her friend—and even her fish. 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 >