HIGH TIDE FOR HORSESHOE CRABS by Lisa Kahn Schnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A splendid introduction to an extraordinary spectacle. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
In a natural-world extravaganza, horseshoe crabs, birds and people meet up each spring on the shores of the Delaware Bay. Read full book review >
HENS FOR FRIENDS by Sandy De Lisle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"That Aarón and his family are Latino is just icing on the cake in this engaging introduction to keeping backyard chickens. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Aarón loves all his family's chickens, but Rhode Island Red Margaret is his special favorite. Read full book review >

BEASTLY VERSE by Joohee Yoon
edited by Joohee Yoon, illustrated by Joohee Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Gleefully distinctive stylings, fluorescent colors, and beautiful bookmaking should make an eager new audience for these old poems. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Using just three impossibly bright colors, printmaker Yoon illustrates a collection of animal-themed poems of varying familiarity. Read full book review >
THE LOST PRINCE by Matt Myklusch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"High-seas adventure with surprising twists. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Orphan, pirate, spy, and prince are just some of 13-year-old Dean Seaborne's many titles. Read full book review >
BUNNY ROO, I LOVE YOU by Melissa Marr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A lovely package, this quiet title will be best as a gift book for new moms eager to read aloud to the newest members of their families. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A mother's observations of her new baby lead to a series of sweet comparisons to various animals. Read full book review >

TOMMY CAN'T STOP! by Tim Federle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An enjoyable performance for both the boisterous and the calm. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Little brother Tommy is a perpetual-motion machine, and he is driving his family bonkers. Read full book review >
HAVE YOU SEEN MY MONSTER? by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2015

"Gently educational and greatly entertaining. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl searches for her monster in every corner of the county fair. Read full book review >
THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER) by Geoff Rodkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"This frothy family contretemps ends on a note of sincere reconciliation (once Reese's hair grows back out, anyway)—that's presumably upended in time for the sequel. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An escalating sibling spat delivers "a buttload of life lessons" along with tears, terrible smells, a dorky mohawk and massive numbers of video game casualties. Read full book review >
THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Both very silly and very appealing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A little boy of pleasingly indeterminate ethnicity goes out to his little backyard inflatable pool to find a whale in it. Read full book review >
THE BLACK RECKONING by John Stephens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"This fantasy trilogy closes with both satisfying finality and the realistic, requisite heartbreak that comes with saying goodbye. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Kids grow up so quickly these days—at least they do when they are prophetically linked to magical relics. Read full book review >
LIKE A RIVER by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A superb Civil War tale of friendship, loyalty and what it means to be a man. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
The stories of three teens intersect in the later years of the Civil War in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE TRAP by Steven  Arntson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"An amazing blend of mystery, romance, science fiction and social commentary. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
It is 1963 in Farro, Iowa, where not much happens—at least until the school bully goes missing and four seventh-graders find a book that allows them to literally have out-of-body experiences. 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 >