THE WAY HOME LOOKS NOW by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"This is a fine story of family, loss, growing up and learning to play baseball, raised to a higher level by gracefully incorporated themes of feminism and kindness. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Twelve-year-old Peter Lee hopes that baseball might help his grieving mother regain a measure of interest and happiness in life. Read full book review >
MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS by Tara Altebrando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Altebrando neatly integrates humor and poignancy into a middle-grade tale of change. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When 12-year-old Kate learns that her beloved home, Big Red, is going on the market, she is determined to stop the sale—or at least postpone it until her first dance competition. Read full book review >

THE ARCTIC CODE by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A confused jumble of fantasy and science-fictional elements make a notably unsteady foundation for Kirby's newest series. (Science fantasy. 11-13)"
A sudden ice age has near-future humanity on the ropes, but neither glaciers nor a vast conspiracy to hide their cause stops a preteen from heading into the Arctic in search of her missing mother. Read full book review >
GROUNDED by Megan Morrison
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Readers will be eager for more episodes of the intrepid team of Rapunzel and Jack. (map) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
"Stop calling her that witch. She's Witch," Rapunzel insists; she enjoys her easy life in a tower—and Witch's frequent, apparently loving, visits—until Jack Beanstalker tricks Rapunzel into leaving. Read full book review >
WILLIAM & THE MISSING MASTERPIECE by Helen Hancocks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"As with Hancocks' memorable debut, Penguin in Peril (2014), this will not fail to both enchant and engage. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lovers of art, runny cheese and cats will be drawn to this adventure featuring William, "international cat of mystery." Read full book review >

THE ELEPHANTOM by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"While imaginary friends are a common theme in picture books, phantom animals offer a different twist—and the conceit may give kids an excuse to offer up when things go wrong. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An elephantom? What's that? A phantom elephant, of course. Read full book review >
WHERE'S THE PAIR? by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Children will enjoy sharing the sometimes quite difficult challenges with their adults. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In another in a series of picture books for the very young designed to exercise their powers of observation, Teckentrup challenges readers to spot which animals are exactly alike. Read full book review >
GO, PEA, GO! by Joe Moshier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Vibrant visuals cannot make up for a potty book that just doesn't rate. No, Pea, No! (Picture book. 2-4)"
A single pea pushes himself to finish a race in this punny potty metaphor. Read full book review >
THE OCTOPUPPY by Martin McKenna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Jarvis' tale will inspire listeners to laugh...and ask for an octopuppy. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When is a dog not a dog? When he's an octopuppy. Read full book review >
AUDREY'S TREE HOUSE by Jenny Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Share as a Father's Day story or when the weather turns warm, but be ready for treehouse blueprints. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl who declares that her dad's house is too small for her spurs an epic building project. Read full book review >
SIDE BY SIDE by Rachel Bright
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"This sweet celebration of friendship is elevated by its winsome illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little mouse finds a friend in this rhyming picture book. Read full book review >
BE A STAR! by Heather Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Girls who love sparkles could do far worse than to spend time with these appealing performers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The Stardust Girls return for a second circus-friendship tale. 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 >