FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 5, 2009

"A unique perspective on a pivotal Civil War campaign. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This engrossing account of the 1863 siege of Vicksburg chronicles the event through the experiences of three young people from December 1862 through the aftermath of the surrender on July 4, 1863. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY by Jenny Han
FICTION
Released: May 5, 2009

"The wish-fulfilling title and sun-washed, catalog-beautiful teens on the cover will be enticing for girls looking for a diversion. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Han's leisurely paced, somewhat somber narrative revisits several beach-house summers in flashback through the eyes of now 15-year-old Isabel, known to all as Belly. Read full book review >

LEGEND OF BURIAL ISLAND by David Crossman
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Though it's an ambitious novel that doesn't quite succeed in orchestrating the exciting tale it might have been, there's plenty for the dedicated reader to like. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Crossman draws on his knowledge of Maine's Penobscot Bay for his third installment of the Bean and Ab mysteries, featuring teenagers who are "magnets for mischief." Read full book review >
JACOB LAWRENCE IN THE CITY by Susan Goldman Rubin
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Candlewick's Art for Baby (2009) is a far better choice, inasmuch as it is specifically keyed to babies' neural development. (18-36 mos.)"
A child's voice narrates a sequence of ten paintings by the great African-American artist, with an emphasis on rhythm and onomatopoeia. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"This fantasy heroine, who shows her spunk with quiet self-determination instead of swordfights, headlines an appealing magical adventure set in a refreshingly non-Western milieu. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Ai Ling wants to be a dutiful daughter, but surely marrying the vile widower Master Huang is a bad idea. Read full book review >

MEMORY’S GATE by Paul McCusker
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

Adventures in time continue in this third and final installment of the Time Thriller Trilogy. Read full book review >
THE WHITE WITCH by Janet Graber
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

Fourteen-year-old Gwendoline Riston is in big trouble. Read full book review >
WANTING MOR by Rukhsana Khan
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Despite the flaws, this fills a niche and does so with respect for the people and places described—and with sometimes downright lovely language. (author's note, glossary) (Fiction. 10-14)"
This short novel looks at life in Afghanistan just after the fall of the Taliban. Read full book review >
THE BIG NIGHT-NIGHT BOOK by Georgie Birkett
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"It's a happy depiction of the bedtime journey that ends with the child snoozing in the crib, but whether the babies being read to will go to sleep or not is another matter. (9-18 mos.)"
Although the smiling tot going through a familiar bedtime routine begins, "Night-night me and night-night you," there is no adult present in this sequential, rhyming valediction to everything in sight. Read full book review >
DULL BOY by Sarah Cross
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2009

"A good bet for all teen sections—just not all superhero fans. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Teenager Avery Pirzwick flies around town each night looking for crimes to stop and people to help with his super strength. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2009

"The whimsical cartoon illustrations are a good complement to the breezy, conversational style. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Adolescent girls seeking a deeper understanding of the opposite sex will appreciate this appealing, entertaining guide full of useful facts and sound advice. Read full book review >
DINOSAURS
Released: May 1, 2009

The 1974 discovery of the fossilized partial skeleton of a small-brained primate who apparently walked upright 3.2 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia significantly changed accepted theories about human origins. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >