GROUNDED by Megan Morrison
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"Readers will be eager for more episodes of the intrepid team of Rapunzel and Jack. (map) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
"Stop calling her that witch. She's Witch," Rapunzel insists; she enjoys her easy life in a tower—and Witch's frequent, apparently loving, visits—until Jack Beanstalker tricks Rapunzel into leaving. Read full book review >
INVINCIBLE by Amy Reed
Released: April 28, 2015

"Offering a provocative spin on the typical teen-with-cancer plotline, Reed risks her protagonist's likability to explore the aftermath of life-altering second chances. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Evie, 17, bravely faces terminal illness along with her fellow teen sufferers, until fate intervenes; unlike Stella and Caleb, Evie miraculously recovers: "There has been a mistake. Or a miracle." Read full book review >

ROOK by Sharon Cameron
Released: April 28, 2015

"Full of derring-do and double crosses, this romantic adventure is thoroughly engrossing. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
A clever homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel, set in a post-apocalyptic future Europe. Read full book review >
EDEN WEST by Pete Hautman
Released: April 28, 2015

"Ultimately, this is no more than a surface-level exploration of nontraditional religious faith. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Jacob's faith and commitment to his cult's restrictive lifestyle waver when he meets two outsider teens who introduce ideas from the outside world. Read full book review >
FERALS by Jacob Grey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"This series opener is definitely not for arachnophobes or those easily frightened, but stouthearted readers happy to suspend their disbelief may enjoy the urban setting and fast-paced plot. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
People who can commune with animals populate this urban fantasy for middle-grade readers. Read full book review >

MAGONIA by Maria Dahvana Headley
Released: April 28, 2015

"Striking an uneven balance between gorgeous realism and banal fantasy, this requires readers tolerant of books with split personalities. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
A girl with a rare fatal disease discovers a magical secret about herself. Read full book review >
FLIRTY DANCING by Jenny McLachlan
Released: April 28, 2015

"Spunky fun. (Fiction. 12-18)"
In this debut, a shy girl finds herself thrown, literally, into the arms of her dream boy, the boyfriend of a girl who's bullying her. Read full book review >
DRIVE ME CRAZY by Terra Elan McVoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015

"A trek across the continent evolves into a journey of personal growth in this affecting book. (Fiction. 10-14)"
New cousins Lana and Cassie embark upon a road trip with their recently married grandparents and with very different attitudes. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF ATTRACTION by Robin Constantine
Released: April 28, 2015

"Romantic school dances, crooning live bands and plenty of cozy cafe time await those readers who crave easy familiarity. (Romance. 15-18)"
When relationships get complicated, Madison faces two choices: keep everything the same or risk everything for a chance at greater happiness. Read full book review >
AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2015

"Bound to be popular. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A suddenly trendy trope—conflict and romance between members of conquering and enslaved races—enlivened by fantasy elements loosely drawn from Arabic tradition (another trend!). Read full book review >
IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT by Jen Brooks
Released: April 28, 2015

"Though it has an undeniably thought-provoking concept, this debut doesn't reach its potential. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
High school senior Jonathan Aubrey has a secret: He is a world-maker. Read full book review >
TRUE SON by Lana Krumwiede
Released: April 28, 2015

"It would behoove those new to the series to begin with the first book, but those anticipating the conclusion of the trilogy will not be disappointed by the ever-so-slightly-tidy ending. (Dystopian adventure. 10-14)"
The third and final installment in the dystopian Psi Chronicles. 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 >