THE WATER AND THE WILD by K.E. Ormsbee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"While debut author Ormsbee's use of language is laudable and the fantasy details are imaginative, they cannot compensate for the novel's flaws. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two things make 12-year-old orphan Lottie Fiske's sad life happier: her friendship with Eliot and the magical apple tree near her boardinghouse. Read full book review >
BY MOUSE AND FROG by Deborah Freedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An elegant, exuberant portrayal of stylistic differences and child-writer passion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mouse wants to tell a simple, gentle story, but Frog bounces in and stirs it up. Read full book review >

WHEN YOU JUST HAVE TO ROAR! by Rachel Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A reassuring explanation of both expectations in general and the behaviors expected of students in school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Not the exploration of emotions the title might indicate but instead a look at classroom expectations for those just starting school. Read full book review >
HOW TO PEE by Todd Spector
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"The lesson is clear: Pee with flair. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Sure, potty training is important, but how many books emphasize how to urinate with style? Read full book review >
THE SECOND GUARD by J.D. Vaughn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A carefully crafted and empowering coming-of-age tale that adds welcome diversity to the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In the matrilineal monarchy of Tequende, when second-born children reach the tender age of 15, their families must surrender them to be trained as the mightiest soldiers in the land, known as the Second Guard. Read full book review >

OUTSTANDING IN THE RAIN by Frank Viva
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A visually splendid birthday jaunt is a bit dampened by its text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A boy's amusement-park birthday becomes a die-cut celebration for all. Read full book review >
VISIT THE BHIL CARNIVAL by Gita Wolf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Being just a single spread, it's a quick visit—but big and busy enough to draw and please several viewers at once. (afterword) (Pop-up picture book. 6-9)"
A double-gatefold map opens flat to display a pop-up Ferris wheel and other attractions at an annual festival held in the central Indian province of Madhya Pradesh. Read full book review >
SNOW WHITE AND THE 77 DWARFS by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A must-read for all offspring…or so their parents and other caregivers are likely to feel. (Picture book. 6-8)"
What'll it be, Snow White? A poisoned apple or keeping house for 77 hyperactive little men? Read full book review >
WE DIG WORMS! by Kevin McCloskey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Norma Dixon's Lowdown on Earthworms (2005) digs deeper into the subject, but this lays fertile groundwork for budding naturalists. (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
Beginning readers who tunnel through this upbeat first introduction will "dig" them too. Read full book review >
UNDER A PIG TREE by Margie Palatini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Joining the growing colony of self-referential meta-kid lit, this one-joke treatment has its moments. And the recipes work—for figs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A purported editing error—substituting the letter "p" for "f" on a critical word throughout—transforms a tribute to figs into an appreciation of—pigs! Read full book review >
ANDREO'S RACE by Pam Withers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"The issues-driven plotline is superimposed rather forcibly on the athletic one—but both feature suspenseful, character-changing incidents. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A challenging endurance event provides an adopted teen with the perfect opportunity to track down his birth mother. Read full book review >
NOAH CHASES THE WIND by Michelle Worthington
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"An invitation to wonder, imagine and look at everything (humans included) in a new way. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young boy sees things a little differently than others. 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 >