THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A paint-by-numbers effort to market a spinoff that's likely to be equally ephemeral. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a prequel to an upcoming Disney Channel film, the offspring of four familiar villains bond in an effort to impress their evil parents. Read full book review >
THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER by Dave Barry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"A light, comic tone and more-or-less believable stakes make for a winning combination. (Thriller. 8-12) "
A Miami eighth-grader's class trip to the nation's capital quickly escalates into an international incident. Read full book review >

OVERTAKEN by Mark H. Kruger
Released: May 5, 2015

"Strictly for techno-thriller fans. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Teens with superpowers battle an evil corporation and one another in this sequel to Overpowered (2014). Read full book review >
STONEWALL by Ann Bausum
Released: May 5, 2015

"Enlightening, inspiring, and moving. (Nonfiction. 13-16)"
Pennies, glass bottles, a parking meter, and a kick line: how a police raid became a community's symbol of freedom. Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING by Krista Van Dolzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Numerous omissions and inaccuracies work against the earnest 'war hurts everyone' message. (Historical fantasy. 10-13)"
All that's left of Ella Mae's cousin Robby, killed in combat on Iwo Jima, are his bloodstained dog tags, but a California scientist claims that using the DNA it contains, he can reconstruct him. Read full book review >

ATLANTIS IN PERIL by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Relative inaction and deus ex machina solutions mark this installment as a typical middle volume; here's hoping the conclusion makes up for at least some of the failings of the first two books. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The evil spirit Narkazan, supposedly vanquished in Atlantis Rising (2013), is back. Read full book review >
THE STARS OF SUMMER by Tara Dairman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"How Gladys rises to these and other challenges is the fun of the story, and despite the novel's flaws, middle-grade girls should enjoy the ride. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old girl who freelances as a restaurant reviewer (her employer doesn't know her age) finds it increasingly difficult to keep her job secret from her parents while dealing with the problems of being a first-time camper and counselor-in-training. Read full book review >
CHANTRESS FURY by Amy Butler Greenfield
Released: May 5, 2015

"There's nothing new under the sun, but singing heroines, magic, and mermaids make for a formula that still appeals. (historical note) (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A final volume, accompanied by a romantic repackage for the whole series, closes out the modestly enjoyable Chantress trilogy. Read full book review >
WILD HEARTS by Jessica Burkhart
Released: May 5, 2015

"This inspiring look at the plight of undomesticated landscape and wildlife nestled in a tender romance is a surprisingly sweet and resonant story. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Brie is used to constant travel; she's not accustomed to caring passionately about a cause—or a young man. Read full book review >
HEXED by Michael Alan Nelson
Released: May 5, 2015

"A bit stilted and ambitious, but an action-packed page-turner nonetheless. (Paranormal thriller. 13-17)"
In this prose adaptation of a comic-book series, when a harmless game goes horribly wrong, a cursed young thief must risk everything to help a policeman rescue his daughter from the land of the dead. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDSHIP RIDDLE by Megan Frazer Blakemore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Not so much for puzzlers as for patient observers of social growth who enjoy varied intellectual and philosophical tidbits. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a small Maine town, struggling with how—or whether—to have friends, a girl follows a trail of cryptic paper clues. Read full book review >
RETURN TO AUGIE HOBBLE by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Great fun, with hardly a trope or theme left unspun. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The award-bedizened illustrator offers up his first novel. 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 >