PERDITA by Faith Gardner
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An edgy, intriguing debut novel of suspense, suspicion, and surprise. (Suspense. 14-18)"
When she starts seeing the ghost of her sister's recently drowned friend, troubled 16-year-old Arielle worries she may be "a little bit crazy." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Enchanting indeed—and inspiring as well. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Welcome to a particular type of circus—where the child performers may just change the world "one acrobat, contortionist, and flyer at a time." Read full book review >

FUEL UNDER FIRE by Margaret J. Goldstein
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A top-shelf explication of the energy world, measured but pulling no punches and naming names—from ExxonMobil to you and me. (notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A thoroughgoing introduction to the omnipresent and decidedly Janus-faced world of fossil fuels. Read full book review >
DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS by Connie Goldsmith
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Equally apt for research projects and as a single go-to source of information. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
With myriad dietary supplements available in the largely unregulated market, this effort explores the value vs. the potential danger of these products. Read full book review >
THE BLIND WISH by Amber Lough
Released: July 28, 2015

"Enjoyable, thoughtful, packed with action, consequences, and a few kisses—readers will wish for a third book right away. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
The Middle Eastern-influenced jinn microtrend continues, as do the adventures of half-human, half-jinni twins Najwa and Zayele begun in The Fire Wish (2014). Read full book review >

ADRIFT by Paul Griffin
Released: July 28, 2015

"This fast-paced survival adventure makes an excellent crucible for Griffin's examination of class. (Adventure. 12-16)"
Two buddies who have been through trauma together before find themselves with three relative strangers out on the open Atlantic, where survival becomes extremely uncertain. Read full book review >
MY BROTHER IS A SUPERHERO by David Solomons
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"As genuinely open-hearted as the genre that inspired it. (Adventure. 10-16)"
When his older brother is suddenly gifted with superpowers, a comics aficionado must swallow his pride and coach him as best he can. Read full book review >
RIVER RUNS DEEP by Jennifer Bradbury
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"A solid look at a fascinating historical side note. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
A tubercular boy is sent to live in a cave that might heal him. Read full book review >
CHEATING FOR THE CHICKEN MAN by Priscilla Cummings
Released: July 15, 2015

"Realistically presenting the situational rather than absolute nature of some difficult choices, this engrossing novel provides lots to ponder and discuss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kate Tyler compromises her own values to protect her brother from bullying in this follow-up to Cummings' The Red Kayak (2004).Read full book review >
NIGHTBORN by Lou Anders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"A winning testament to the value of friendship and to a surly dragon's power of persuasion. (maps, glossary, game rules, 'historical' note) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Caution: a wyvern's talons might pluck you up and drop you smack in the middle of a legendary quest. Read full book review >
CHANTARELLE by G.A. Morgan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"An adventure suffused with philosophical offerings that will appeal to readers who enjoy rich fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The second book of the Five Stones Trilogy brings Chase, Knox, and Evelyn back to the hidden land of Ayda. Read full book review >
ABOUT A GIRL by Sarah McCarry
Released: July 14, 2015

"Fluid and aching, with a diverse cast and rich worldbuilding. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)"
Tally, the scientist daughter of now-vanished Aurora from All Our Pretty Songs (2013), leaves her cozy New York home in search of blood family.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 >