JUST FOR TODAY by St. John XXIII
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 27, 2015

"There's plenty of wisdom here for older children and adults of many faiths. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Landmann illustrates the decalogue of Angelo Roncalli, probably best known as Pope John XXIII and now St. John—a simple set of 10 precepts to live by. Read full book review >
DRIVE ME CRAZY by Terra Elan McVoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A trek across the continent evolves into a journey of personal growth in this affecting book. (Fiction. 10-14)"
New cousins Lana and Cassie embark upon a road trip with their recently married grandparents and with very different attitudes. Read full book review >

TEN PIGS by Derek Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Toddlers will enjoy this, the cleanest piggy count ever. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Ten pigs in a tub?! That can't be fun. Read full book review >
NEVER ASK A DINOSAUR TO DINNER by Gareth Edwards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A silly bedtime read. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Rhyming text and boisterous art combine to deliver a string of humorous mini-cautionary tales leading up to a peaceful bedtime. Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH A MOUSE by Philippa Leathers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Clemmie in a trench coat, using what she's learned, is worth the price of admission alone. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Ginger kitten Clemmie keeps her house mouse-free…or does she? Read full book review >

LITTLE RED HENRY by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A story that humorously but gently reminds overprotective families that it is natural and necessary and healthy for a child to learn to do for himself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture book about a youngest child who wants to grow up...but the rest of the family isn't ready to let him. Read full book review >
WOOF by Spencer Quinn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Utterly charmed by a spunky girl and her charismatic canine, mystery fans will find themselves looking forward to a return to the little bayou town of St. Roch. (Mystery. 8-12)"
In a Louisiana bayou town, a girl and her dog set out to solve a mystery, battling bad guys and big gators along the way. Read full book review >
THE WAY HOME LOOKS NOW by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"This is a fine story of family, loss, growing up and learning to play baseball, raised to a higher level by gracefully incorporated themes of feminism and kindness. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Twelve-year-old Peter Lee hopes that baseball might help his grieving mother regain a measure of interest and happiness in life. Read full book review >
GROUNDED by Megan Morrison
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Readers will be eager for more episodes of the intrepid team of Rapunzel and Jack. (map) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
"Stop calling her that witch. She's Witch," Rapunzel insists; she enjoys her easy life in a tower—and Witch's frequent, apparently loving, visits—until Jack Beanstalker tricks Rapunzel into leaving. Read full book review >
WILLIAM & THE MISSING MASTERPIECE by Helen Hancocks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"As with Hancocks' memorable debut, Penguin in Peril (2014), this will not fail to both enchant and engage. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lovers of art, runny cheese and cats will be drawn to this adventure featuring William, "international cat of mystery." Read full book review >
THE OCTOPUPPY by Martin McKenna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Jarvis' tale will inspire listeners to laugh...and ask for an octopuppy. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When is a dog not a dog? When he's an octopuppy. Read full book review >
AUDREY'S TREE HOUSE by Jenny Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Share as a Father's Day story or when the weather turns warm, but be ready for treehouse blueprints. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl who declares that her dad's house is too small for her spurs an epic building project. 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 >