THE WHISPERER by Fiona McIntosh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A gripping, first-rate tale of a prince and a pauper. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Two 13-year-old strangers living in the land of Drestonia find themselves communicating through their minds as their perilous lives become surprisingly intertwined. Read full book review >
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS LITTLE by LeUyen Pham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"There is such a thing as little, after all, and can't it be just right? (Picture book. 3-5)"
Pham's latest relies on readers' first understanding "little" as a synonym for "trivial" or "unimportant" and then resisting this implication by seeing good, significant things in small packages. Read full book review >

BABY LOVE by Angela DiTerlizzi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A joyful, warm and lovely bedtime story. (Picture book. 6 mos.-2)"
A beloved baby is the center of the universe for adoring parents. Read full book review >
I DON'T LIKE KOALA by Sean Ferrell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Slightly creepy, funny and fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy receives a stuffed animal that he really doesn't like—and it's not hard to see why. Read full book review >
HOW TO DRAW A DRAGON by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"This rhyming romp will no doubt spur multiple requests for rereading—and redrawing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Florian's rhyming verse carries a group of children through drawing their own dragon, starting with the encouraging couplet, "Drawing dragons isn't hard. / Drag a dragon to your yard." Read full book review >

MAMA SEETON'S WHISTLE by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"If nothing else, the book will make kids eager to practice whistling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lauren Bacall's quote about whistling is classic, but when it comes to puckering, no one tops Mama Seeton. Read full book review >
ELLIE'S STORY by W. Bruce Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A satisfying and illuminating tale. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Ellie tells the story of her training and life as a search and rescue dog. Read full book review >
UH-OH! by Shutta Crum
by Shutta Crum, illustrated by Patrice Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Though there are as many 'Uh-oh' books out there as there are fishies in the sea, this petite charmer is a fine addition to the beach-time shelf. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Aside from the ubiquitous "NO!" few toddler phrases are more beloved than the expansively useful "Uh-oh!" Read full book review >
WONDER AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Nicole Helget
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Set against the growing-pains backdrop of pre-Civil War America, both reflecting and supporting Hallelujah's coming-of-age story, Helget's tale celebrates the curiosity and mystery of life. (Adventure. 8-13)"
History, science, adventure and fantasy combine in this tale that carries readers from the plains of Kansas to Antarctica. Read full book review >
THE SONG OF DELPHINE by Kenneth Kraegel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"As Delphine and Beatrice ride off atop two giraffes, readers of this quiet story will savor their new friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An orphaned servant girl whose singing assuages her loneliness discovers the transformative power of compassion. Read full book review >
KIKI KOKÍ by Ed Rodríguez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Previously self-published, this tale ably uses a modern artistic approach to tell an age-old tale of virtue and its rewards. (Spanish picture book. 5-8)"
An insolent Taíno boy learns a valuable lesson in cooperative behavior when he is magically transformed into a tree frog in this Spanish-language retelling of a Puerto Rican folk tale. Read full book review >
JACK by Liesl Shurtliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Fans of retold fairy tales will be well-satisfied. (author's note) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Boom! Boom! Boom! Giants are real! Jack sees them slide down from Above to raid his farm. Worse, they take his Papa. 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 >