A HANDFUL OF STARS by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"This sensitive coming-of-age tale compassionately explores prejudice and multiculturalism. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Lily, an orphaned 12-year-old who lives in a small eastern Maine town, becomes fast friends with Salma, a Latina migrant worker who has come with her family to pick blueberries. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT PERCIVAL PRIGGS by Julie-Anne Graham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Decidedly delightful. (Picture book. 4-7)"
There are more important things in life than being perfect. Read full book review >

BRIDE OF SLUG MAN by Julie Mata
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Smart, funny, and slick. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A preteen filmmaker mounts her second feature. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY PARK by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Worthy of theme and equally pleasing to the eye and the spirit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A child newly arrived from the country is dismayed to discover that the pocket park next to her urban building is, despite its name, lacking butterflies. Read full book review >
THE LIZARD WAR by Jack Patton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Furnished with a light wash of natural science, a buggy, action-oriented adventure that goes light on the gore and gross bits. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Budding entomologist Max Darwin makes a wish—and finds himself on Bug Island, where the local insects are threatened by an invasion of hungry reptiles and amphibians. Read full book review >

THE OCTOPUS SCIENTISTS by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 26, 2015

"Science in the field at its best. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
An international team of scientists with varied focuses work together on a remote South Pacific island to study octopus behaviors. Read full book review >
THE BLUE WHALE by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 27, 2015

"Still, whale lovers will breach with happiness over this rich, artful mix of fact and frolic. (map) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
With playful observations and comparisons, Desmond presents a fount of information about "the largest living creature on our planet." Read full book review >
FRANCISCO'S KITES / LAS COMETAS DE FRANCISCO by Alicia Z. Klepeis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2015

"Francisco's transformation from pensive newcomer to entrepreneurial kite master is inspiring and well-detailed in this successful slice of life. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A resourceful boy in a new town discovers a talent for giving old scraps flight in this immigrant's story. Read full book review >
SOFI AND THE MAGIC, MUSICAL MURAL / SOFI Y EL MÁGICO MURAL MUSICAL by Raquel M. Ortiz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2015

"Overall, this serves more as an overt endorsement for public art than a fully engaging and nuanced story for children. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-8)"
Young Sofía walks to the bodega near her apartment to buy milk for her mom. From the sidewalk, she becomes entranced by a vibrant public mural that celebrates Puerto Rican culture. Read full book review >
THE FLYING BIRDS by Eun-sun Han
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"A useful presentation of an important mathematical idea. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
An elderly carpenter makes birdhouses that attract the songsters he loves and offer a lesson in the concept of multiplication. Read full book review >
RUFFER'S BIRTHDAY PARTY by Soon-jae Shin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"This fails to either ask kids to do the math or truly entertain. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl and her talking dog use addition and subtraction to plan a birthday party in this Korean import. Read full book review >
LAUNCH A ROCKET INTO SPACE by Hilary Koll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Simple amusement and simple instruction add up to a winning combination. (index) (Graphic nonfiction. 7-14)"
Koll and Mills explore how numbers help us get into outer space. 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 >