OFF THE PAGE by Jodi Picoult
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"Though it lacks the depth of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series, the story is at its best when it's taken as a metafictive exploration of the relationship between a reader and a beloved book. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
What happens when a happily-ever-after is no longer guaranteed? Read full book review >
FORT by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015

"Upbeat, engaging and satisfying; altogether a very fine book, especially for boys looking for a bit of believable, achievable adventure. (Fiction. 9-14)"
What preteen boy wouldn't love to build a fort in the woods? Read full book review >

LOLA AND TATTLETALE ZEKE by Marcia Goldman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 18, 2015

"An unfocused effort overall, both in illustration quality and in plot development. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tiny Yorkshire terrier named Lola narrates her third entry in a series, this time focusing on a new addition to the family, her fellow Yorkie named Zeke. Read full book review >
IN A VILLAGE BY THE SEA by Muon Van
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 18, 2015

"The illustrations, with strong references to Chinese pen-and-ink landscapes and Japanese woodblock prints of the sea, will draw readers to this book again and again. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In circular fashion, this simple story's narration unfolds, with great power behind the few words on each page. Read full book review >
ASTRID THE FLY by Maria Jönsson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Not natural history by any means, but this slice of (fly) life is beguilingly, infectiously whimsical. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Astrid the fly introduces readers to her (huge) family and their home behind the sofa in this Swedish import. Read full book review >

OWL BOY by Brian Schatell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"An offbeat tale about following your dreams, no matter where they might lead (though older readers will note the cautionary tale of taking your passions a bit too far). (Picture book. 3-7)"
Al loves owls. Read full book review >
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS by Stacy Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Intriguing, easily informative and even inspiring. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
A poetic composition celebrates the power of the wind as a renewable-energy resource. Read full book review >
ALWAYS TWINS by Teri Weidner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Although obviously fitting for twins, the story's themes can easily apply to other siblings and friends as well. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Being twins isn't all it's quacked up to be for two duckling siblings. Read full book review >
SIMPLE MACHINES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Still, this is as solid a look at simple machines as any that exists outside of dry textbooks, and at least readers can imagine a narrative for the two young boys. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Continuing to branch out into science concepts (Things That Float and Things That Don't, 2013), the math and biography whiz tackles the elementary topic of simple machines. Read full book review >
GARGOYLES GONE AWOL by Clémentine Beauvais
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"Beauvais' narrative zips breezily along and gets to the end with several moments of laugh-out-loud cleverness—and that's enough to grab readers. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Young Sesame Seade returns for a second round of detective work around and about the colleges of Cambridge University (Sleuth on Skates, 2014), this time aided by friends Toby and Gemma.Read full book review >
AMAZING PLANT POWERS by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"A strong demonstration of plant powers but a weak teaching tool. (plant projects, glossary) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Spike E. Prickles and his friends show off a wide variety of plant adaptations. Read full book review >
MARKET MAZE by Roxie Munro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 15, 2015

"A great way to introduce kids to their foods' origins and to prepare them for a greenmarket visit of their own. (Interactive informational picture book. 4-8)"
With an interactive maze/map, Munro demystifies for children where all the items for sale at the farmers market originate. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >