IN THE WAVES by Lennon Stella
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"As celebrity-authored books go, it could be worse. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Frothy fun from the Stella sisters, musicians and child stars of the TV series Nashville.Read full book review >
PIP BARTLETT'S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES by Jackson Pearce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"It's a distinct change of pace for two authors better known for intensely romantic teen fantasies, but they carry it off with aplomb. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Magical animals abound in Pip's world, and she loves them all—especially since she can talk to them. Read full book review >

THE ELEPHANTOM by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"While imaginary friends are a common theme in picture books, phantom animals offer a different twist—and the conceit may give kids an excuse to offer up when things go wrong. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An elephantom? What's that? A phantom elephant, of course. Read full book review >
GO, PEA, GO! by Joe Moshier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Vibrant visuals cannot make up for a potty book that just doesn't rate. No, Pea, No! (Picture book. 2-4)"
A single pea pushes himself to finish a race in this punny potty metaphor. Read full book review >
ENORMOUS SMALLNESS by Matthew Burgess
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"An eminently friendly introduction to both the poet and his spirit—deceptively simple, just like its subject. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A picture-book biography of the poet, with appropriately quirky multimedia illustrations. Read full book review >

AUDREY'S TREE HOUSE by Jenny Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Share as a Father's Day story or when the weather turns warm, but be ready for treehouse blueprints. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl who declares that her dad's house is too small for her spurs an epic building project. Read full book review >
FISH FOOD by Andy Mansfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A long way from 'nature red in tooth and claw'—at this length, it's merely a snack—but still, there's a worthwhile nugget of informational nutrition. (Pop-up picture book. 4-6)"
A quick trip up an aquatic food chain, with pop-up predators. Read full book review >
HIT & MISS by Derek Jeter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"An altogether trite, values-driven star vehicle—worthy of purpose but aside from occasional game action, as dull as a rain delay. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Fourth-grader "Derek" works his way through a batting slump, pulls an outsider into his circle of friends, and atones for being a bully in this semiautobiographical sequel co-authored by the recently retired Yankees captain. Read full book review >
IT CAME FROM OHIO! by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"For Stine fans, this new edition is a must, especially with that movie on the horizon. (Autobiography. 9-14)"
The king of chapter-book chillers updates his 1997 autobiography. Read full book review >
JUST FOR TODAY by St. John XXIII
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 27, 2015

"There's plenty of wisdom here for older children and adults of many faiths. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Landmann illustrates the decalogue of Angelo Roncalli, probably best known as Pope John XXIII and now St. John—a simple set of 10 precepts to live by. Read full book review >
LEGENDS OF THE RIF by Joe  O'Neill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 25, 2015

"Another entertaining action-adventure installment, albeit one with a few too many plot strands."
In O'Neill's (Wrath of the Caid, 2014, etc.) third volume of his YA Red Hand Adventures series, the Moroccan resistance prepares to battle a power-hungry warlord who's allied himself with the French army.Read full book review >
JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE by Durga Yael Bernhard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 24, 2015

"Not much here to make kids run out and climb a tree. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Children climb trees around the world to play, make discoveries, see what they can see and maybe pick a tasty treat. 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 >