THE FRAIL DAYS by Gabrielle Prendergast
Released: April 1, 2015

"Punchy, insightful and great for music lovers. (Fiction. 11-18)"
Stella, a Chinese-Canadian rock drummer, yearns for success for her band. Read full book review >
RISE OF THE ZOMBIE SCARECROWS by Deb Loughead
Released: April 1, 2015

"Great title, not-so-great book. (Horror. 12-16)"
The subject of a teenage filmmaker's horror flick transitions from fiction to fact. Read full book review >

BLANK by Trina St. Jean
Released: April 1, 2015

"Both an absorbing coming-of-age tale and a medical-suspense drama. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A 15-year-old suffers amnesia after a brain trauma. Read full book review >
PUNCH LIKE A GIRL by Karen Krossing
Released: April 1, 2015

"A fast-paced book about healing through helping others, speaking up and physical self-defense. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Unable to speak of her assault, a 17-year-old girl begins acting out. Read full book review >
THE CONFORMITY by John Hornor Jacobs
Released: April 1, 2015

"A finale that requires homework of its readers. (Supernatural thriller. 13-15)"
Telekinesis, flying teens, reinhabited bodies, giants and more: The Society of Extranaturals returns for the conclusion to the Twelve-Fingered Boy trilogy. Read full book review >

PORTRAITS OF CELINA by Sue Whiting
Released: April 1, 2015

"Perfectly serviceable but nothing special. (Paranormal suspense. 14-18)"
What happens when the ghosts that haunt us want revenge? Read full book review >
TERRORIST by Henrik Rehr
Released: April 1, 2015

"Princip, in this contemplative version of history, isn't evil, and he isn't heroic. He's just a hapless man who fired a gun. (Graphic historical fiction. 12-18)"
Graphic novelist Rehr offers a fictionalized biography of Gavrilo Princip, who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and started World War I. Read full book review >
WHISTLE-BLOWERS by Matt Doeden
Released: April 1, 2015

"A keen challenge to received opinions for high schoolers to chew long and hard upon. (Nonfiction. 13-18)"
Doeden makes the effort here to bring whistleblowing out of the seamy shadows and describe its role. Read full book review >
CYBER ATTACK by Martin Gitlin
Released: April 1, 2015

"A bare-bones introduction for readers without a pre-existing interest. (source notes, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
A quick history of hacking, from the "phone phreaks" of the 1960s to today's attacks on commercial data stores large and small. Read full book review >
THE WORLD WITHIN by Jane Eagland
Released: March 31, 2015

"Despite liberties, this is more educational than entertaining and is best suited to fans of the Brontës or biographic celebrations of tortured 19th-century authors. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
A girl runs wild and writes furiously in this portrait of author Emily Brontë's early years. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH THE GLASS BIRD by Esme Kerr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"A fine mystery that will keep readers engaged until the final, scary reveal—and leave them eager for the next volume in the series. (Mystery. 11-14)"
After watching her vicious cousin kill her pet goldfish—and cook it!—orphan Edie is more than willing to be sent to a girls' boarding school to act as a spy. Read full book review >
PLAYING A PART by Daria Wilke
Released: March 31, 2015

"A lovely, moving novel with a bittersweet conclusion. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A boy raised by his parents in a Moscow puppet theater faces the ugliness of homophobia as one of the actors, who is gay, decides to leave Russia for the Netherlands in order to escape it. 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 >