THE ORDER OF ODD-FISH by James Kennedy
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"This may find an audience, but probably not a young one. (Fantasy. 10-14 & adult)"
Kennedy's debut sets a confused but game teenager down amidst a Monty Pythonesque cast that ranges from the titular Order of Knight-Scholars—dedicated to the study of all things pointless and speculative—to a corps of oversized, unutterably vain cockroach butlers. Read full book review >
THE CABINET OF WONDERS by Marie Rutkoski
Released: Aug. 7, 2008

"Disappointing. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A refreshingly different fantasy premise falls to pedestrian plotting. Read full book review >

INDEPENDENCE HALL by Roland Smith
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"An interactive website is scheduled to launch with the book's release. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old "Q," or Quest, is at a life-changing moment. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Read it for pleasure. (Collective biography. 10-14)"
The devil's in the details, and this otherwise appealing gathering of 26 bad boys and girls through history is marred by misquotes, misinformation, typos and awkward wording. Read full book review >
CREEPERS by Joanne Dahme
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A creepy but grounded caper. (Horror. 12-14)"
In this brooding debut teen chiller, 13-year-old Courtney "never had believed in wicked witches, invisible ghosts, or haunted ivy," but everything changes when she and her parents move into an 18th-century stone house adjacent a Puritan cemetery in Murmur, Mass. Read full book review >

THE FLOATING CIRCUS by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

This rousing adventure set in 1852 Pittsburgh introduces readers to Owen and Zach, two boys from a poor white family who have been abandoned into the care of an orphanage. Read full book review >
GIRL, HERO by Carrie Jones
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"But readers will respond to the self-aware but vulnerable Lily as she grows over time into her own unique hero. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a quirky but deliberate voice both serious and funny, Lily navigates her complicated life by writing to John Wayne. Read full book review >
WHAT THE WORLD EATS by Faith D’Aluisio
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Whether used for research or received as a gift from socially conscious adults, this version offers children plenty to chew over—but it'll take them some time to truly digest. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Can too much information give readers intellectual indigestion? Read full book review >
DREAM GIRL by Lauren Mechling
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: July 22, 2008

"Although the slight fantasy element (the clairvoyance) feels awkwardly extraneous, Claire's offbeat family and lighthearted mystery-adventure—with romance included—are abundantly appealing. (Fiction. 11-14)"
After a strained beginning, this faux-glamour, almost-realistic novel picks up charm galore. Read full book review >
SHADOWS IN THE TWILIGHT by Henning Mankell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 8, 2008

"A disappointing sequel. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Six months after the events in Bridge to the Stars (2007), Joel is almost 12 and remains a loner, living as much in his imagination as in the real world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2008

"No worthier Twain bio will cross a child's path than this feisty title, filled to the brim with ample grins and sly, knowing winks. (Biography. 9-14)"
The life of one of America's best-loved entertainers gets top-notch treatment in this highly enjoyable and eminently simpatico biography. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF THE CROCODILES by Karen Wallace
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"Look out, fans of Indiana Jones and future Elizabeth Peters readers: There's a croc on the loose—actually, ten of them! (Mystery. 10-14)"
Edwardian teen Lady Violet Winters finds herself, her parents and their American ward, Garth, on a steamship bound to Egypt for Christmas—and adventure. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >