CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"An excellent, informative tool for any kid interested in becoming the next Scorsese. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Budding filmmakers are given a crash course in the cinematic arts. Read full book review >
IT CAME FROM OHIO! by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"For Stine fans, this new edition is a must, especially with that movie on the horizon. (Autobiography. 9-14)"
The king of chapter-book chillers updates his 1997 autobiography. Read full book review >

FOODPRINTS by Paula Ayer
Released: July 1, 2015

"Regardless of its off-putting look, this effort is worthy of a broad audience. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Will teenagers willingly read an entertaining and brightly illustrated book about food, or will this effort reach only those who are writing reports? Read full book review >
MISTER DOCTOR by Irène  Cohen-Janca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Haunting and memorable. (afterword, further reading, resources) (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
In World War II Poland, a distinguished and visionary Jewish doctor lives and dies by his humanity. Read full book review >
TORN by Avery Hastings
Released: July 21, 2015

"The setting never comes to life, and the characters never inspire real caring in this paint-by-numbers second volume. (Dystopian romance. 12-15)"
Star-crossed lovers Cole and Davis may be miles apart, but their goals for the future still follow a similar trajectory—toward each other. Read full book review >

LIFELESS by Adrianne Strickland
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"Fans of action-packed dystopias will enjoy Tavin's attempts not to lose himself in the ferocity of his power, and they will stay tuned for Volume 3 and its likely romantic angst. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
An 18-year-old boy doesn't want the phenomenal cosmic power that's turning him into an out-of-control killing machine in this trilogy's middle volume. Read full book review >
THE KEY by Sara B. Elfgren
Released: July 14, 2015

"Epic in length if not scale, the closer puts its small-town teen ensemble through the wringer. (castlist) (Fantasy/horror. 13-18)"
The rise of a rival coven spells both complications and loyalty conflicts for the young witches charged with saving the world from a demon invasion. Read full book review >
COURT OF FIVES by Kate Elliott
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A compelling look at racial and social identity wrapped in a page-turning adventure. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
After the death of the highly placed aristocrat whose patronage ensured their safety, Jessamy's mixed-race family is targeted by political enemies; spared thanks to her skill at the game of Fives, she must find a way to save them. Read full book review >
DON'T VOTE FOR ME by Krista Van Dolzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A comic romp that's also an enlightening quest for increased awareness and self-understanding. (Fiction. 11-14)"
An impulsive comment regarding the upcoming election for class president propels 12-year-old David into the candidate's spot. Read full book review >
CHASING SECRETS by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A solid story of friendship, mystery, and one girl's perseverance, in which a health scare and its rumors mirror today's epidemics. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
Infected rats and San Francisco's dark past at the turn of the 20th century come to light in Newbery Honoree Choldenko's (Al Capone Does My Shirts, 2004, etc.) look into an outbreak of bubonic plague.Read full book review >
TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE by Stephanie Tromly
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Despite some flaws, an offbeat and entertaining caper. (Mystery. 13-18)"
A jaded teen's life takes an exciting turn after a new friend ropes her into his investigation of a local kidnapping. Read full book review >
KEEPERS OF THE LABYRINTH by Erin E. Moulton
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A promising idea that misses its mark. (Thriller. 12-15)"
Sixteen-year-old Lil travels to Crete in hopes of connecting with her deceased mother's mysterious past. 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 >