FOWL PLAY by Travis Nichols
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Amusing to the point of provoking an inquiry. Really, it's the bee's knees. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Idioms get a run for their money in this good-humored and stimulating piece of wordplay from Nichols. Read full book review >
THE LAST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE by Jamie Rix
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Who knew good manners could be so dangerous? (Picture book. 4-8)"
The last chocolate chip cookie leads to an adventure and kidnapping by aliens…all because one young boy used his manners. Read full book review >

WHERE DID MY CLOTHES COME FROM? by Chris Butterworth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"This engaging account will wear well in any collection. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Using a pair of energetic children as models, Butterworth describes the making of the clothes they wear. Read full book review >
WILD FEELINGS by David Milgrim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A picture book to feel good about. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A compassionate look at feelings uses animal similes to affirm universal human emotions. Read full book review >
MY AUTUMN BOOK by Wong Herbert Yee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Quibble aside, a sound conclusion to the series. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the fourth installment of Yee's seasonal picture-book quartet (Who Likes Rain?, 2007, etc.), a girl celebrates the coming of autumn and finds a special way to remember it when it's over.Read full book review >

TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Awkward attempts to improve on an inherently interesting topic undermine this otherwise fine account. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A creative approach, strong on vivid details and words that appeal to the senses, animates this biography of Typhoid Mary. Read full book review >
PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE by Ellen Potter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"With its intriguing setting, sympathetic characters, and hint of magic, this new chapter-book series should charm fledgling readers. (Fiction. 7-9)"
When her older brother goes off-island for high school, second-grader Piper Green misses him terribly but finds consolation in a Fairy Tree. Read full book review >
WILD CHILD by Steven Salerno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A salutary lesson in jungle parenting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A two-toothed toddler needs no wolf suit to be wildest thing of all in this high-volume prequel to a certain well-known classic. Read full book review >
DOUBLE HAPPINESS by Nancy Tupper Ling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A thoughtful and moving story of memory and change. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
In this gentle tale told in verse, Gracie and her brother, Jake, journey to their new home, all the while searching for special things to keep in their happiness boxes. Read full book review >
MARVELOUS CORNELIUS by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine tribute to an unsung African-American hero. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An almost-true story of a man who loved his job and did it well. Read full book review >
YOUR ALIEN by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Will likely inspire preschoolers to stare hopefully heavenward looking for their own close encounters. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Even aliens need hugs! Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO THE MOON by Andy Mansfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A 'cheesy' episode with a double twist at the end. Younger audiences may need at least part of the joke explained. (Pop-up picture book. 2-5)"
In this very simple pop-up book, a rocket ship blasts off from Earth, hums through space, and touches down at last on the moon—with a goopy "BLOOP." 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 >