THE STRANDED WHALE by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A moving, memorable addition to the nature collection. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A whale stranding becomes the occasion for a sad life lesson. Read full book review >
THE SEEDS OF FRIENDSHIP by Michael Foreman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An immigrant story without angst and with lots of love and hope. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A small, brown boy named Adam loves his new home, a tall building in a big city, but he misses the warmth of the place he is from. Read full book review >

THIS OLD VAN by Kim Norman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"This intergenerational romp filled with sight gags and puns will keep readers humming as they pore over each detail-packed page. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A flower-power VW bus races cross-country along crowded dirt lanes and city freeways to the tune of "This Old Man." Read full book review >
MIND YOUR MONSTERS by Catherine Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"While not as original as Mo Willems' The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (2012) or as much fun as Ryan Heshka's Welcome to Monster Town (2010), this should win some fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Monsters are mighty, but even they can be tamed by one powerful word: please. Read full book review >
SAY HELLO! by Linda Davick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An upbeat if not essential celebration of a common courtesy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A cheerful crew demonstrates some of the ways we can greet each other. Read full book review >

MY PET HUMAN by Yasmine Surovec
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"This series opener is a must for young humans owned by furry masters. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 6-10)"
Taking care of a human has its benefits, but is it better than being an unattached pussycat? Read full book review >
I'M NEW HERE by Anne Sibley O’Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Whether readers are new themselves or meeting those who are new, there are lessons to be learned here about perseverance, bravery, and inclusion, and O'Brien's lessons are heartfelt and poetically rendered. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Readers walk in the shoes of three students struggling after immigrating to the United States Read full book review >
FUR, FINS, AND FEATHERS by Cassandre Maxwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"Sure to spark the interest of animal-loving children, this engaging portrait will also please history buffs and Anglophiles. (timeline, author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Maxwell presents a brief biography of Abraham Dee Bartlett, the self-taught animal expert who became superintendent of the London Zoo in 1859 and subsequently made significant improvements in the understanding, care, and treatment of animals in captivity. Read full book review >
HOW LUNCHBOX JONES SAVED ME FROM ROBOTS, TRAITORS, AND MISSY THE CRUEL by Jennifer Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Though they may not shine in the robotics department, Luke and his team succeed in other ways in this likable comedy. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Robotics and friendship come together for one ordinary seventh-grader. Read full book review >
THE GOOD LITTLE BOOK by Kyo Maclear
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"In a decade of de rigueur picture books praising books, it is primarily the artwork that sets this one apart. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a boy heads to the study, ordered to "think things over," he begins a relationship with a book that becomes special to him, even if it has no "proper jacket." Read full book review >
THE LITTLE GARDENER by Emily Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A lovely visual tribute to the persistent hard work behind every flourishing garden. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lad scarcely bigger than his pet worm struggles to maintain a large garden by himself. Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Keiko Kasza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"With silly scenarios and a surprise ending to tickle young readers, this circular story makes a terrific storytime read. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When is a hat not a hat? When it finds its way into the hands of Kasza's lively cast of woodland creatures! 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 >