PERDITA by Faith Gardner
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An edgy, intriguing debut novel of suspense, suspicion, and surprise. (Suspense. 14-18)"
When she starts seeing the ghost of her sister's recently drowned friend, troubled 16-year-old Arielle worries she may be "a little bit crazy." 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 >

ARE YOU SEEING ME? by Darren Groth
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"There's a warm family story amid the didacticism, but the sense that autism must be constantly explained and justified to outsiders is discomfiting. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Australian twins Perry, who has a brain condition, and Justine, who is his full-time caregiver, travel together to Vancouver. Read full book review >
AFTER DARK by James Leck
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A great light read for graduates of John Kloepfer's The Zombie Chasers (2010). (Horror. 10-14)"
Rolling Hills is a boring, little hick town…until sundown. Read full book review >
ENDANGERED by Kate Jaimet
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Overcoming weaknesses, this debut makes effective use of its energetic sleuth, fast-paced plot, and convincing, atmospheric Nova Scotia setting to build suspense and wind to a satisfying conclusion. (author's note) (Mystery. 12-18)"
One biology test short of nailing her diploma, reporter Hayley Makk skips high school graduation to do an overnight shift at the Halifax Independent, where what she overhears while monitoring the police scanner sends her on a dangerous adventure chasing a story.Read full book review >

FUEL UNDER FIRE by Margaret J. Goldstein
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A top-shelf explication of the energy world, measured but pulling no punches and naming names—from ExxonMobil to you and me. (notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A thoroughgoing introduction to the omnipresent and decidedly Janus-faced world of fossil fuels. Read full book review >
DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS by Connie Goldsmith
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Equally apt for research projects and as a single go-to source of information. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
With myriad dietary supplements available in the largely unregulated market, this effort explores the value vs. the potential danger of these products. Read full book review >
HER COLD REVENGE by Erin Johnson
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A shoot-'em-up with more smooching than shooting. (Western. 14-18)"
Typical Western elements combine with the breathy emotions of a traditional romance in this sequel to Grace and the Guiltless (2014). Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF GLITTER AND BLOOD by Hannah Moskowitz
Released: July 28, 2015

"In spite of its narrative unevenness, this novel of friendship, love, and fighting for one's beliefs should find a place among fans of the modern fairy story. (Fantasy. 15-18)"
When war broke out a year ago in the fairy city of Ferrum, its inhabitants, except for four young rebellious fairies, fled in search of a safer home. Read full book review >
THE BLIND WISH by Amber Lough
Released: July 28, 2015

"Enjoyable, thoughtful, packed with action, consequences, and a few kisses—readers will wish for a third book right away. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
The Middle Eastern-influenced jinn microtrend continues, as do the adventures of half-human, half-jinni twins Najwa and Zayele begun in The Fire Wish (2014). Read full book review >
ADRIFT by Paul Griffin
Released: July 28, 2015

"This fast-paced survival adventure makes an excellent crucible for Griffin's examination of class. (Adventure. 12-16)"
Two buddies who have been through trauma together before find themselves with three relative strangers out on the open Atlantic, where survival becomes extremely uncertain. Read full book review >
ALL WE HAVE IS NOW by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Uplifting. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Two homeless teens wander Portland, Oregon, as they await the impact of an asteroid that will kill them and all other inhabitants of the American northwest. 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 >