EVERY LAST PROMISE by Kristin Halbrook
Released: April 21, 2015

"A devastating, important examination of the far-reaching, insidious nature of rape culture. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A small-town girl is forced to choose between doing the right thing or fitting in after a night of unforgettable violence. Read full book review >
WALKING TWO WORLDS by Joseph Bruchac
Released: April 15, 2015

"Captivating and brief enough to be an easy sell for reluctant readers, this effort combines a snapshot of history with a skillful multicultural portrayal. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Ely, a Seneca Indian, has been sent to a boarding school to learn the ways of white people in hopes that he can become an effective representative for his people. Read full book review >

FORGED by Erin Bowman
Released: April 15, 2015

"Gripping but not at all for the faint of heart. (Dystopian adventure. 13-18)"
In the last of the Taken trilogy, Gray sets out with a few of his Expat buddies to discover what villainy is taking place at the Compound, an island fortress run by the evilly dictatorial Frank. Read full book review >
MAPMAKER by Mark Bomback
Released: April 14, 2015

"Readers caught up in the plot should brace themselves for a total lack of closure and a wait for Book 2. (Thriller. 12-17)"
Tanya's impeccable sense of direction can't keep her from feeling lost when her father dies. Read full book review >
THE SECOND GUARD by J.D. Vaughn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A carefully crafted and empowering coming-of-age tale that adds welcome diversity to the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In the matrilineal monarchy of Tequende, when second-born children reach the tender age of 15, their families must surrender them to be trained as the mightiest soldiers in the land, known as the Second Guard. Read full book review >

THE REVELATION OF LOUISA MAY by Michaela MacColl
Released: April 14, 2015

"An intriguing introduction to young Louisa May Alcott as a spunky heroine. (author's note, further reading) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Fifteen-year-old Louisa Alcott cares for her family while protecting a fugitive slave, coping with a budding romance and solving a puzzling murder. Read full book review >
THE WATER AND THE WILD by K.E. Ormsbee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"While debut author Ormsbee's use of language is laudable and the fantasy details are imaginative, they cannot compensate for the novel's flaws. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two things make 12-year-old orphan Lottie Fiske's sad life happier: her friendship with Eliot and the magical apple tree near her boardinghouse. Read full book review >
KISSING TED CALLAHAN (AND OTHER GUYS) by Amy Spalding
Released: April 14, 2015

"A not-so-fluffy chick-lit offering rife with angst, rock 'n' roll and lots of kissing. (Romance. 13-18)"
So many boys, so little time; what's a rock girl to do? Read full book review >
ELLIE'S STORY by W. Bruce Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A satisfying and illuminating tale. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Ellie tells the story of her training and life as a search and rescue dog. Read full book review >
THE BULLIES OF WALL STREET by Sheila Bair
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Nevertheless, Bair offers young readers an informed, insightful look into a crisis that continues to affect millions of citizens of all ages. (financial terms, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
An insider's perspective on the causes of America's recent financial crisis and its ongoing consequences. Read full book review >
HIT by Delilah S. Dawson
Released: April 14, 2015

"Practically movie ready, this novel will satisfy fans of thrillers and dystopias alike. (Thriller. 14-18)"
To pay off her mother's massive debt, Patsy Klein becomes a government assassin. Read full book review >
FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER by Juliana Romano
Released: April 14, 2015

"An emotionally rich coming-of-age love story. (Fiction. 14-16)"
The best of friends chart new territory during their sophomore year. 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 >