LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY by Robert Joseph
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2015

"An entertaining, often poignant tale of a teen's unforgettable summer."
A teenage boy learns valuable lessons in life and love while spending the summer with his aunt at a Pennsylvania opera company in Joseph's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
The Curse of the Baskervilles by Daniel Bergmann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"A stylistic, spine-tingling homage to a classic."
Bergmann's (The Vampire Dingbat, 2014, etc.) picture book reinterprets the legend of the infamous Hound of the Baskervilles in rhyme. Read full book review >

Cat Saves the World by Melody Lane Walsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"An upbeat tone and positive message in a short book that's engaging and appealing."
A simple picture book in which a girl named Cat imagines different ways she'll save the world when she grows up. Read full book review >
Sam's Secret Notebook No 1 by E. H. Jons
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2015

"Opens as a thriller, ends as a fantasy, but it's unquestionably innovative and entertaining from start to finish."
A young boy and his two friends discover an entirely new and fantastic world when exploring an old house in the neighborhood in Jons' debut young-adult adventure. Read full book review >
SQUID KID THE MAGNIFICENT by Lynne Berry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Delightful brother and sister snark in squid form—yes, really. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In supersaturated oceanic color, squidling Oliver, purple and with top hat and wand, becomes Squid Kid the Magnificent after saying the magic words: "smelly yellow jellyfish." Read full book review >

RIVER RUNS DEEP by Jennifer Bradbury
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"A solid look at a fascinating historical side note. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
A tubercular boy is sent to live in a cave that might heal him. Read full book review >
THE PHANTOM BULLY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Everybody's middle school years should be as ultimately satisfying as Roan's, whether they are Jedis-in-training or not. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Perhaps playing off the principle that a great ending will mitigate almost anything, this story has at least a dozen endings, and all of them are pretty spectacular. Read full book review >
KIRBY'S JOURNAL by Charlotte Caldwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"This pseudo-journal makes a clever invitation to a possible lifetime passion. (index) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Kirby records close observations of butterflies made in her grandparents' Charleston, South Carolina, backyard during a summer vacation that is as good as a safari. Read full book review >
8 by Elisha Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Don't get behind the eight ball: order now; it's great fun. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A distinctive animal alphabet presents a counting game. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON LANTERN by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Gratz has plenty of fun with his alternate history, but returning readers will notice that the dark is definitely rising. (map) (Fantasy/steampunk. 11-13)"
The company of heroes destined to battle the immortal Mangleborn continues to assemble in a middle volume that blurs the line between the good guys and the bad further. Read full book review >
THE IRE OF IRON CLAW by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"The swift pace, quirky humor, and general steampunkery should hold the interest of readers—especially the mechanically and electronically inclined. (Steampunk. 9-12)"
In series opener The Mesmer Menace (2014), the Kennewickett clan foiled the world-conquering plans of the evil pigeon Iron Claw and mesmerizing magician Madini, but recent acts of sabotage at the Automated Inn suggest the dastardly duo have returned to commit more mayhem. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF DARES FOR LOST FRIENDS by Jane Kelley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Readers with patience and the willingness to work with the story will find its rewards ample and lasting. (Magical realism. 9-13)"
With the help of Tasman, a singular boy with a troubled history, Val, a good-hearted, well-grounded sixth-grader, tries to harness ancient forces in order to help her best friend, Lanora, whose attempt to "begin again" has gone seriously awry. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >