THE BUREAU OF MISPLACED DADS by Éric Veillé
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Readers may leave this book wishing their own parental units might be 'misplaced,' if only so that they can visit this bureau. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A gently surreal tale of a boy who must sift through throngs of abandoned fathers while on the hunt for his own. Read full book review >
PROMISE by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An earnest but unpolished story, it nevertheless stands out for its confrontation of a little-acknowledged subject. (Fiction. 8-10)"
When his father is released after serving eight years in prison for stealing, 11-year-old Kaden hopes it will be a new beginning. Read full book review >

LILLIPUT by Sam Gayton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"This delightful adventure inspired by Gulliver's Travels will appeal to budding fantasy readers—and position them for the source material later on. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A pocket-sized but fiery heroine proves that brains always beat brawn, even in the streets of London. Read full book review >
STANLEY AT SCHOOL by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Here's hoping readers feel the same way about school as Stanley does; even if they don't, though, they are sure to laugh at the dogs' adventures. Where will they end up next? (Picture book. 4-8)"
Stanley's curiosity this time leads him to find out what all the kids do in school every day. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A nifty supplement to traditional nonfiction and fiction on the period. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Bearce's latest installment in the Top Secret Files series introduces young readers to the Cold War. Read full book review >

THE SPECIFIC OCEAN by Kyo Maclear
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A lovely, quiet beach story. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A young girl must reluctantly leave the city and friends she loves in favor of summer in a cottage with her family on the Pacific coast. Read full book review >
JARS OF HOPE by Jennifer Roy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sensitive, discussable access point for children learning about Holocaust history. (afterword, author's note, glossary, index, source notes) (Picture book. 8-10)"
The brave work of Irena Sendler, one of the righteous gentiles of World War II, is succinctly depicted in this new picture book. Read full book review >
IN THE SAVANNAH by Ella Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sweet ecosystem introduction for preschoolers, the first of a promising series. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The African savanna, home of a tiny lion cub, is full of intriguing wildlife. Read full book review >
THE LEMONADE HURRICANE by Licia Morelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A child-friendly introduction to the practice of meditation and the benefits of mindfulness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Emma teaches Henry by example how to meditate and be mindful, especially after he has quenched his thirst and subsequently wound himself up with sugary lemonade. Read full book review >
ONE GOOD DEED by Terri Fields
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sweet plug for random acts of kindness. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When Jake spontaneously decides to give some handpicked mulberries to the old woman next door, he begins a chain of "pay-it-forward" events in his neighborhood. Read full book review >
RAIDERS OF THE LOST SHARK by Lyn Gardner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"For fans of the previous book, it's a lot more of the same. For newbies, consider walking the plank instead. (Adventure. 9-11)"
The baddies are back, and they're ready to do anything to locate their beloved treasure, even if it means having to fake acting school experience. Read full book review >
POWER UP! by Shaker Paleja
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An inviting introduction to energy, its nature and indispensability, and the baggage it trails in its wake. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Paleja presents a formal yet friendly tour of energy: where it comes from, how we use it, and who's using it how. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >