THE FIRES OF CALDERON by Lindsay Cummings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Unsuccessful both in concept and construct. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Albert Flynn is faced with a summer sorting mail in the dead-letter office, but a mysterious delivery promises an adventure beyond his wildest imagination. Read full book review >
UNNATURAL SELECTIONS by Wallace Edwards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An imaginary zoo that will set readers to chortling. (key to smaller creatures) (Picture book. 6-8)"
A gallery of chimerical critters that Darwin himself would be hard put to justify. Read full book review >

WATER ROLLS, WATER RISES / EL AGUA RUEDA, EL AGUA SUBE by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A lovely bilingual addition to the 'sense of wonder' shelf. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Evocative watercolor images and graceful short poems in Spanish and English celebrate water in all its forms and around the world. Read full book review >
WALL by Tom Clohosy Cole
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Striking, expressionist graphics and a plainspoken, minimalist text distinguish this standout. (Picture book. 5-9)"
British illustrator Cole's life-affirming debut for children marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >
DARA'S CLEVER TRAP by Liz Flanagan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Happily-ever-after with a STEM feminist twist: how very timely. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Princess Dara is no damsel in distress. Read full book review >

THE WOLF AND ME by Richard Scrimger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Readers will respond to this improbable, deeply sympathetic hero. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Fifteen-year-old Bunny is no stranger to trouble. In fact, most of his recent trouble can be traced back to his mysterious grandfather David McLean. Read full book review >
CODA by Ted Staunton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"This clever spy adventure features a likable hero and bursts with enough film references to satisfy all but the most hard-core movie buffs. (Mystery. 10-14)"
When 16-year-old Spencer's cousins decide to investigate their mysterious grandfather, Spencer is not sure he wants any part of it. But when his brother, Bunny, is kidnapped by a radical political faction from the tiny backward nation of Pianvia, he quickly finds he is involved, like it or not. Read full book review >
SLEEPER by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A fast-paced, enjoyable entrée to this mystery/adventure series. (Mystery. 10-14)"
After stumbling upon a secret compartment in the cabin of their grandfather David McLean, seven cousins decide to investigate its mysterious contents and find out who their grandfather really was. Read full book review >
IF YOU WISH by Kate Westerlund
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Read for the overall aesthetic and for the text's gentle humor. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A girl named Willow learns from a friend "inside [her] head" how to unlock her imagination when rereading a book. Read full book review >
HANSEL & GRETEL by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"The Grimm version is as frightening as a bedtime story gets, but this version will scare people in new ways, and some of those people may need to start drawing right away. (historical notes) (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-12)"
If this isn't the definitive edition of "Hansel and Gretel," it's absolutely necessary. Read full book review >
TIN SOLDIER by Sigmund Brouwer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"This promising journey starts well but loses its way. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Two identification cards, each with a separate name and both with his grandfather's photograph, send Webb on a journey to find the truth regardless of the cost. Read full book review >
BUG ON A BIKE by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Snappy and exuberant, this rhyming picture book is sure to be a hit in a read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A fun-filled and humorous picture book about friendship and sharing. 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 >