MURDER IS BAD MANNERS by Robin Stevens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"An irresistible English import with sequels to come. (Mystery. 10-14)"
A pair of eighth-grade girls, admirers of Holmes and Watson, expose a real murderer in a tony English boarding school in 1934. Read full book review >
GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Rich in all areas, Delphine and her sisters' third outing will fully satisfy the many fans of their first two. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The coping skills of three sisters are put to the test as they leave Brooklyn for a rural summer in 1969 Alabama. Read full book review >

FRIEND OR FOE by Jody Feldman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"It's this altruism, combined with a competitive spirit, that will have readers rooting for these kids. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Gollywhopper Games come back for a third round of puzzlers and prizes, with the main contestant a kid who is totally into football. Read full book review >
STOLEN MAGIC by Gail Carson Levine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"The unusual blend of magical medieval mystery and disaster lite offers an effervescent but not explosive read. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Elodie takes the stage again as a mansioner (actor) and assistant detective when a mystery interrupts her homeward journey and imperils her friends in this sequel to A Tale of Two Castles (2011).Read full book review >
FROGS by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"A grand addition to any elementary-age collection of nature titles. (index, websites) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Frogs and toads, amphibians who lead a double life on water and on land, are the subject of this veteran science writer's latest nature exploration. Read full book review >

FLORABELLE by Sasha Quinton
by Sasha Quinton, illustrated by Brigette Barrager, photographed by Michel Tcherevkoff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"A celebration of girlyness with a strong female character, this is sure to be a favorite of all who daydream in pink. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Meet Florabelle, "a little girl with big rosy-red dreams." Read full book review >
THE BIG IDEAS OF BUSTER BICKLES by Dave Wasson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"By the time giant robot dinosaurs invade the city, parents of kids with tornado tendencies may find much that is recognizable—and their young ones reading along may find a kindred spirit. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy with a hyperactive imagination encounters a machine that can bring to life his zany ideas in an assured if manic debut. Read full book review >
ARCHIE GREENE AND THE MAGICIAN'S SECRET by D.D. Everest
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Familiarity in fiction breeds boredom. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The delivery of an ancient book propels Archie Greene into a world of magic and danger: the perfect birthday present for any 12-year-old. Read full book review >
RAPPY THE RAPTOR by Dan Gutman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Upbeat, rhyming, rhythmic but ultimately slight entertainment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A newborn dino falls from a tree and wakes up a rapping machine. Read full book review >
THE LEGENDS BEGIN by Shane Hegarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Provided the delightful Irish flavor isn't sucked dry, readers will be hunting for the sequel in short order. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
Does Finn have what it takes to be a Legend Hunter? Everyone better hope he does! Read full book review >
GWENDOLYN GRACE by Katherine Hannigan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"More character study than story. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Gwendolyn Grace, an anthropomorphic alligator, is having a hard time adjusting to being a big sister. Read full book review >
ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET by Caleb Krisp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Ivy's charming ego carries the book far, just barely making up for any superfluous extras. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
If Amelia Bedelia stumbled into a particularly wacky episode of Dr. Who, this book might be the result. 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 >