CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"A look at an important world culture that will show kids just how similar they are to others around the world."
An overview of Greek life and culture that offers readers a virtual tour through the country, as told from a child's perspective. Read full book review >
WRATH OF THE CAID by Joe  O'Neill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"A strong second installment in a YA historical series that should please inquisitive and imaginative readers."
In the second volume of the action-packed Red Hand Adventures series (Rebels of the Kasbah, 2012), a trio of boys in early-20th-century Morocco team up with heroic rebel fighters to stop a bloodthirsty villain.Read full book review >

MARY'S WILD WINTER FEAST by Hannah Lindoff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"A heartfelt evocation of the importance of place and family. (Fiction. 6-9)"
A child disgruntled by a drizzly winter day is cheered up by a trip to the pantry. Read full book review >
THE QUILT THAT GAVE A HUG by Phyllis Kaldenberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"A subtle twist on the well-known story of Christmas."
In Kaldenberg's debut children's book, a young child meets a special baby and presents him with a gift that embodies the spirit of the season.Young Benjamin spends his first night out in the fields with his father, who watches over the family's flock of sheep. Read full book review >
THE CAT'S MAW by Brooke Burgess
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 17, 2014

"Kids will enjoy it; adults will love it."
In Burgess' (Becoming, 2012) YA fantasy, a boy's life is transformed when he meets a cat with golden eyes. Read full book review >

Warchild's Dreams by V Anna Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 17, 2014

"An edgy YA fantasy featuring a strong heroine who must use her wits and inner strength to survive."
In Smith's debut fantasy novella, the first in a planned trilogy, a teenager is held captive by her father after her mother's death. Read full book review >
THE WITCH'S BOY by Kelly  Barnhill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The classic fantasy elements are all there, richly reimagined, with a vivid setting, a page-turning adventure of a plot, and compelling, timeless themes. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
Nine enormous boulders are awakened from their long sleep by the actions of a seemingly powerless boy and the daughter of the Bandit King. Read full book review >
DRAW! by Raúl Colón
Kirkus Star
by Raúl Colón, illustrated by Raúl Colón
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Young artists, reach for your sketchbooks. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A wordless picture book celebrates the power of art and imagination. Read full book review >
TRUE STORIES by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An unusually strong volume—a smorgasbord for young nonfiction readers (both boys and girls) and a good pick for the classroom. (Short stories. 8-14)"
A stellar lineup of nonfiction writers offers true stories, which, like the previous volumes in the Guys Read series, are written to appeal especially to boys. Read full book review >
SPACE CASE by Stuart Gibbs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Fully absorbing. (Mystery. 9-12)"
When Dr. Holtz's body is discovered just outside the lunar colony, everyone assumes he made a mistake putting on his spacesuit—but 12-year-old Dashiell "Dash" Gibson has reason to believe this was no accident. Read full book review >
JACK by Tomie dePaola
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Adults who have been through the ordeal of a fixer-upper may appreciate the ending more than kids, but everyone will enjoy the fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A new tale from dePaola is always a reason to cheer, and this riff on "Jack" tale variants will bring smiles. Read full book review >
SO, YOU WANT TO WORK IN FASHION? by Patricia Wooster
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A wonderfully comprehensive, accessible and realistic entree into the dynamic world of fashion. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
A panoramic view of the fashion industry geared to would-be fashionistas. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >