THE NOVICE by Taran Matharu
Released: May 5, 2015

"Fantasy readers should enjoy this entertaining, comfortably familiar-feeling adventure featuring an earnest soldier-schoolboy and his demonic sidekick. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A young orphan makes friends (and enemies) at a magic school in this solid series opener. Read full book review >
THE LAST LEAVES FALLING by Sarah Benwell
Released: May 5, 2015

"Benwell's gentle treatment of friendship and death with dignity will touch fans of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2012). (glossary) (Fiction. 13-18)"
A Japanese teen contracts a fatal disease and tests the strength of friendship. Read full book review >

WILDER BOYS by Brandon Wallace
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"The action may sometimes be implausible, but it sure doesn't stop. (Adventure. 9-14)"
After their mother is taken to the hospital, two brothers decamp from their home outside Pittsburgh in order to find their estranged father in a remote area of Wyoming. Read full book review >
REVENGE, ICE CREAM AND OTHER THINGS BEST SERVED COLD by Katie Finn
Released: May 5, 2015

"As satisfying as watching a reality show but with a finer-tuned plot. (Fiction. 13-18)"
More mean-girl high jinks in the Hamptons in this follow-up to Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (2014).Read full book review >
DUST TO DUST by Melissa Walker
Released: May 5, 2015

"Paranormal romance done well, with a warning: When it comes to incantations, always read the fine print. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
Second in a two-book series—but nicely readable as a stand-alone—after Ashes to Ashes (2013), this continues the dual-world adventures of teen Callie. Read full book review >

MATERIAL GIRLS by Elaine Dimopoulos
Released: May 5, 2015

"Sly, subversive fun. (bibliography) (Fiction. 12-18)"
Fashion judge Marla Klein and pop superstar Ivy Wilde have achieved success their teen peers only dream of, but in a world where clothing trends come and go so fast that only high-tech trendcheckers can detect their passing and "stay young" has replaced "goodbye," no one rides high for long. Read full book review >
UNDERTOW by Michael Buckley
Released: May 5, 2015

"Odd but nevertheless exciting. (Dystopic fantasy. 13-16)"
The Alpha arrive on the shores of Coney Island. Read full book review >
ELENA VANISHING by Elena Dunkle
Released: May 5, 2015

"This memoir contains moving snapshots of a young woman's struggles with anorexia nervosa, but readers may be frustrated by omissions of key moments in the recovery process. (Memoir. 14 & up)"
This co-authored, mother-daughter memoir recounts daughter Elena's five-year struggle to overcome anorexia nervosa after her diagnosis at 17. Read full book review >
HALFWAY PERFECT by Julie Cross
Released: May 5, 2015

"Engagingly and intelligently written, this absorbing novel should work as catnip to fashion-obsessed readers. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Romance and scandal dominate the lives of two young fashion models. Read full book review >
UNTIL THE BEGINNING by Amy Plum
Released: May 5, 2015

"Different enough from all the rest to keep genre fans reading. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
Picking up right where it left off, the story that started with After the End (2014) continues.Read full book review >
LOLA CARLYLE'S 12-STEP ROMANCE by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Released: May 5, 2015

"A marginal beach read only for die-hard chick-lit fans who can overlook its multiple stumbles. (Chick-lit. 13-16)"
A spoiled celebu-spawn fakes addiction to worm her way into rehab and follow her crush, but she finds that it isn't as she expected (gasp!). Read full book review >
HEXED by Michael Alan Nelson
Released: May 5, 2015

"A bit stilted and ambitious, but an action-packed page-turner nonetheless. (Paranormal thriller. 13-17)"
In this prose adaptation of a comic-book series, when a harmless game goes horribly wrong, a cursed young thief must risk everything to help a policeman rescue his daughter from the land of the dead. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >