NOTHING LEFT TO BURN by Patty Blount
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A melodramatic potboiler. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Two teenage volunteer firefighters seek to find their own meanings of love and family, all while battling a rogue arsonist. Read full book review >
THE TEMPLE OF DOUBT by Anne Boles Levy
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"It's imaginative enough, but it lacks the convincing philosophical worldbuilding essential to successful fantasy. (Fantasy. 14-16)"
A fantasy series opener pits adolescent angst against an all-powerful religion. Read full book review >

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED by Jennifer Echols
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Still, Echols writes surely enough that romance fans will enjoy it. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A road map for the rest of her life suddenly doesn't seem so appealing for Kaye when she realizes class clown Sawyer might not be joking with her. Read full book review >
THE NIGHTMARE CHARADE by Mindee Arnett
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A rollicking series conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
For Destiny "Dusty" Everhart, a dream-feeding Nightmare, junior year at Arkwell Academy means magical visions, forbidden romance, and a final battle with the malevolent Marrow. Read full book review >
THE HEARTBREAKERS by Ali Novak
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Fans of boy bands will be on this like tattoos on Harry Styles' chest. (Fiction. 12-16)"
It's been hard for Stella to concentrate on her life since her sister Cara was diagnosed with leukemia. Read full book review >

BABA YAGA'S ASSISTANT by Marika McCoola
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A magnificently magical must-read for all fairy-tale fans. (Graphic fantasy. 9-14)"
After her long-distant father remarries, a young woman leaves home to be the assistant to the famous witch Baba Yaga in this clever reinvention. 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 >
DEAR OPL by Shelley Sackier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"By the story's conclusion, readers will be happy they traveled with Opal on her journey to self-acceptance. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the two years since her father's death from cancer, Opal's life has gone awry. 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 >
THE SHADOW OF SETH by Tom Llewellyn
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Read this mystery more for its local interest than its plot. (Mystery. 12-17)"
Old friends become suspects when a working-class Tacoma teen investigates his mother's murder. Read full book review >
CLIMBING EVEREST by Gail Herman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine choice for both young and older, less-skilled readers. (Nonfiction. 7-14)"
Edmund Hillary is generally recognized as the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest; his Nepalese climbing partner, Tenzing Norgay, has received far less attention. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >