PRINCESS PISTACHIO AND THE PEST by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"Long live Princess Pistachio. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Princess Pistachio Shoelace's summer vacation is not starting out on a high note. Read full book review >
KAYLA AND KUGEL by Ann D. Koffsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"This upbeat explication should prove both entertaining and instructive. (Picture book/religion. 2-4)"
Kayla sets the table for Shabbat while she manages to avert numerous mishaps caused by her overeager assistant, the mischievous puppy Kugel. Read full book review >

Cut Paste Gone by Lisa  Safran
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2015

"A well-written, engaging exploration of the maxim, 'Be careful what you wish for.'"
A young girl with a magic pair of scissors makes a collage out of reality in Safran's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
SEEING IS BELIEVING by Gareth Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Visually appealing starter volumes for readers who take pleasure in giving their powers of perception and deduction a workout. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A slender but diverse gallery of line and color illusions, with bright, crisply printed graphics. Read full book review >
THE GREEN MUSICIAN by Mahvash Shahegh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A serene, simply retold tale of dreams pursued and achieved. (source and background notes) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
A young musician finds a clever way to play to a royal audience in this tale from ancient Persia. Read full book review >

SUPERBRAIN by Toronto Public Library
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Intended as a pathway to lifelong learning, this is more like a winding, muddy dead end. (appendix, glossary, source list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
From the librarian-authors of The Research Virtuoso (2012), a guide for younger would-be "super-learners" to gathering and evaluating information.Read full book review >
10 RIVERS THAT SHAPED THE WORLD by Marilee Peters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A well-turned, involving introduction to important waterways on six of the seven continents. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Ten great rivers (well, 11, but two are kissing cousins)—and not just the obvious ones—give Peters a chance to fashion 10 fine stories. Read full book review >
MR. POSTMOUSE'S ROUNDS by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Like a mailbox overstuffed with gifts, Dubuc's animal scenes are a delight and well worth the wait. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A dedicated postal worker, who happens to be a small mouse, makes the daily deliveries in a lively dispatch from Dubuc. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Enchanting indeed—and inspiring as well. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Welcome to a particular type of circus—where the child performers may just change the world "one acrobat, contortionist, and flyer at a time." Read full book review >
SWAN by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Young ballet lovers will be smitten with the story. (author's note, bibliography, quotation sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A poor Russian girl enchants the world with her romantic ballet performances. Read full book review >
SHANGHAI SUKKAH by Heidi Smith Hyde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"While both holidays are but lightly sketched, themes of friendship and respect across cultures are compelling. (historical note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In Shanghai's Hongkew district, two boys, one German-Jewish, one Chinese, share in the celebration of their two harvest holidays, Sukkot and the Moon Festival. Read full book review >
THE TEA PARTY IN THE WOODS by Akiko Miyakoshi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"As beguilingly surreal as the Mad Hatter's party, with its own enigmatic appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Kikko wakes up to snow, her father goes off to clear the walk around Grandma's house but forgets the pie he was to take with him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >