ONE THING STOLEN by Beth Kephart
Released: April 7, 2015

"Disturbing, sometimes unsettling and ultimately offering a sliver of hope, this effort rivetingly captures the destructive effects of mental and physical illness on a likable, sweet-natured teen. (Fiction. 11-18)"
Something very bad is happening to 17-year-old Nadia. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"A deliciously informative, engaging and sweeping chronicle of one of the most popular treats in the world. (timeline, bibliography, websites) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Stories of ancient cultures, religion, conquest, slavery, privilege, invention, medicine, culinary experimentation, science and more are all confected together in this flavorful, richly textured historical chronicle of chocolate. Read full book review >

CHANGERS by T. Cooper
Released: April 7, 2015

"A mixed bag plotwise, but Oryon's humor and insight will keep readers turning pages. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
The body-swapping Changer who spent her freshman year of high school as Drew (Changers: Drew, 2014) now spends his sophomore year as Oryon.Read full book review >
DON'T STAY UP LATE by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Despite a strong start, the book doesn't stick the landing, but it's still suitably scary for fans. (Horror. 10-14)"
A teen babysitter encounters monstrous demons as the nightmares on Fear Street continue. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU LEAVE by Monica Ropal
Released: April 7, 2015

"One great big whodontcare. (Mystery. 11-14)"
A skater girl-turned-private school coed investigates the death of her two-week-old hookup in this debut. Read full book review >

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli
Released: April 7, 2015

"Funny, moving and emotionally wise. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A gay teen comes out to friends, family and classmates after his secret correspondence with another boy is discovered. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS by Ann Aguirre
Released: April 7, 2015

"This one's strictly for fans of lightweight romance. (Fiction. 12­-16)"
Sage is known around school as Princess Post-it for her efforts to cheer others up by sticking anonymous compliments on their lockers. Read full book review >
SKANDAL by Lindsay Smith
Released: April 7, 2015

"Well-paced action and mystery for an appealing heroine, complete with Cold War attitudes. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
In 1964, a psychic Russian teen works with the CIA to prevent war with the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
NONE OF THE ABOVE by I.W. Gregorio
Released: April 7, 2015

"Sensitive, informative and a valuable resource for teens in Kristin's shoes. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Cross-country runner Kristin Lattimer is devastated when an OB-GYN diagnoses her with androgen insensitivity syndrome, an intersex condition. Read full book review >
LIKE A RIVER by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A superb Civil War tale of friendship, loyalty and what it means to be a man. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
The stories of three teens intersect in the later years of the Civil War in this debut novel. Read full book review >
PALACE OF LIES by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: April 7, 2015

"A welcome return to the Just Ella universe. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Haddix continues the series that began with the alternate "Cinderella" Just Ella (1999) with a story about a different princess.Read full book review >
ANASTASIA AND HER SISTERS by Carolyn Meyer
Released: April 7, 2015

"A richly detailed introduction to the tragedy of the last royal family of Russia. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Anastasia and her siblings may be kept in ignorance about most of the tragedy and upheaval affecting Russia in the early 20th century, but that doesn't stop them from worrying about the world beyond their daily lives. 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 >