SUPER FLY by Todd H.  Doodler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"As Fred would (does, actually) exclaim: 'Ding-dong donkey donuts, Super Fly!' Fans of Super Diaper Baby will agree. (Superhero farce. 7-9)"
From the "bug-centric" burg of Stinkopolis rises Super Fly, diminutive defender of the city dump—not to mention the planet beyond. Read full book review >
TALLULAH'S TAP SHOES by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"The ballerina-to-be explores new and challenging steps—successfully. (Picture book. 4-7)"
To toe or to tap—that is the question for Tallulah. Read full book review >

MOONE BOY by Chris O'Dowd
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"This story should keep its target audience of pre-pubescent boys giggling but is unlikely to find fans outside of this demographic. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Martin Moone, a dimwitted 11-year-old Irish boy with three difficult older sisters, decides to take on an imaginary friend, or IF. Read full book review >
LOTS OF BOTS by C.J. Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"More entry-level fun for the robot-loving set. (Science fiction. 8-11)"
Having just saved the world from criminal mastermind Dr. Charles Micron (The Junkyard Bot, 2014), George Gearing is just starting an apprenticeship at TinkerTech headquarters.Read full book review >
FREDDY & FRITO AND THE CLUBHOUSE RULES by Alison Friend
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"This playful, lighthearted lesson about peacekeeping and place-keeping serves as the introduction of Friend's Freddy & Frito, and readers will look forward to their further adventures. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Fox kit Freddy and little mouse Frito's imaginative play dates are hampered by the rules of their respective homes, so why don't these two friends build a big clubhouse all their own? Read full book review >

RETURN TO AUGIE HOBBLE by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Great fun, with hardly a trope or theme left unspun. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The award-bedizened illustrator offers up his first novel. Read full book review >
THE GREAT GOOD SUMMER by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Equal parts peculiar and poignant, Ivy's story will have readers giggling as they root for her to find everything she's looking for. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When her beloved mama goes missing, idea girl Ivy Green springs into action. Read full book review >
NEW FRIEND by Billy Steers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A pleasant-enough trip to the farm. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"Plows, harrows, and cultivators!" Read full book review >
MY RULES FOR BEING A PRETTY PRINCESS by Heath McKenzie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Funny and pointed; a fast, enjoyable read for both the youngest, would-be princesses and their male counterparts. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl learns from a "real" pretty princess about rigid, downright icky, expectations for those who would be pretty princesses. Read full book review >
WHEREVER YOU GO by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"At the mountain's summit, young readers will glow with the understanding that roads connect more than places—and the assurance they can retrace this reading journey nightly. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A rabbit's cross-country bike excursion introduces the open road, its free-wheeling, giddy freedom, and its role in connecting travelers to an ever changing landscape of new friends and communities. Read full book review >
A LITTLE BIT OF SPECTACULAR by Gin Phillips
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Although the story could use more dramatic pull, readers should enjoy its sympathetic protagonist and offbeat mystery element. (Fiction. 9-13)"
An enigmatic message on a bathroom wall intrigues a lonely 11-year-old girl who decides to investigate, making a friend in the process. Read full book review >
COSMOE'S WIENER GETAWAY by Max Brallier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"The book is so frenetic that some readers will need caffeine to get through it, but in the end, that turns out to be an advantage: If a joke doesn't work, or if readers get bored, all they have to do is turn the page. (Graphic/science-fiction hybrid. 7-12)"
This highly illustrated story has something for every demographic, offering robots, zombies, hot dogs, a princess, video games and wrestlers. This is not a complete list. 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 >