NAPTIME by Iris de Moüy
by Iris de Moüy, illustrated by Iris de Moüy, translated by Shelley Tanaka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A lovely, if wakeful, bedtime book from France. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little girl persuades a menagerie of animals to take a nap. Read full book review >
EMMA AND THE BLUE GENIE by Cornelia Funke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Training wheels for Funke's future fans. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Emma and her dog, Tristan, steal down to the moonlit sea for some quiet time and find a mysterious bottle bobbing on the waves; inside, of course, is a genie. Read full book review >

TALES OF BUNJITSU BUNNY by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Nonviolence (mostly), the bunjitsu way. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Martial arts high jinks with Bunjitsu Bunny. Read full book review >
PEOPLE OF THE PLAGUE by T. Neill Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Although it colorfully examines a horrific disease, only devoted horror enthusiasts are likely to savor this story. (nonfiction epilogue, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Horror is the dominant feature of this entry in the aptly named Horrors of History series. Read full book review >
IMANI'S MOON by JaNay Brown-Wood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"While the blend of folklore, fantasy and realism is certainly far-fetched, Imani, with her winning personality, is a child to be admired. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Imani endures the insults heaped upon her by the other village children, but she never gives up her dreams. Read full book review >

EDIE'S ENSEMBLES by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A heartwarming tale of self-discovery and friendship. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A budding fashion maven learns the hard way what defines personal style. Read full book review >
THE DOLL PEOPLE SET SAIL by Ann M. Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Readers are guaranteed very smooth sailing. (not all final art seen) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The Doll and Funcraft families are back—and the ocean's got 'em. Read full book review >
WHEELS OF CHANGE by Darlene Beck Jacobson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Readers will empathize with Emily as she goes through her own changes, and they will applaud her heroism in more than one chapter. (author's note, photographs, recipes, bibliography, websites) (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
Changes fomenting both locally and nationally during the final year of Theodore Roosevelt's presidency are seen through the eyes of feisty, bighearted Emily Soper, daughter of a carriage maker in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
MR TWEED'S GOOD DEEDS by Jim Stoten
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"While less intricate than the scenes in Martin Handford's Where's Waldo series, these hilarious, community-spirited panoramas will reward repeat scrutiny. Great fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A dapper gent on his daily walk discovers that helping community members find lost items bears its own rewards. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS IN BLACK by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Action, clever humor, delightful illustrations and expectation-defying secret identities—when does the next one come out? (Fantasy. 5-8)"
Perfect Princess Magnolia has a secret—her alter ego is the Princess in Black, a superhero figure who protects the kingdom! Read full book review >
BEFORE AFTER by Matthias Arégui
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Peaceful, sometimes mildly humorous art provides gentle nudging toward a philosophical frame of mind. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This harmonious album of clean-lined, very simple images in before-and-after pairs or short sequences practically compels viewers to ruminate about changes and seasons. Read full book review >
DEVIN RHODES IS DEAD by Jennifer Wolf Kam
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A surprisingly deft mystery for early teens. (Mystery. 11-14)"
Convinced she is responsible for her best friend's death, Cass feels haunted by Devin's ghost even as she tries to hide her guilt. 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 >