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 >

SADIE'S STORY by Christine Heppermann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"Adults will enjoy the witty non sequiturs, but the story, marred by conflicting themes, never quite coheres. (birding tips, resources) (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Sadie's sad when her two best friends go on vacation without her until a witch moves into her backyard playhouse and shows Sadie a new way to see the world. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF BLUEBERRIES, BROTHERS, MOOSE & ME by Sara Nickerson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"Heart-rendingly unflagging in the face of life-changing events, Missy's a funny, compelling heroine that readers will cheer for. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Twelve-year-old Missy narrates a summer full of tumultuous change, from her first job to her father's remarriage. Read full book review >
THE FALCONER'S APPRENTICE by Malve von Hassell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2015

"This well-researched and carefully plotted novel features a likable protagonist and a setting straight from the Newbery canon. (notes, suggested reading, acknowledgements) (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
Andreas, 14 and lowborn, cannot bear to allow the death of a peregrine falcon, unfairly condemned by a count's son, and so escapes with it, introducing readers to European life in the early 13th century. 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 >
STONE RIDER by David Hofmeyr
Released: July 14, 2015

"An exciting, action-packed romp that hits a few bumps along the way. (Dystopian adventure. 12-16)"
A dangerous race is run with everything on the line in this gritty dystopian thrill ride. 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 >
THE KEY by Sara B. Elfgren
Released: July 14, 2015

"Epic in length if not scale, the closer puts its small-town teen ensemble through the wringer. (castlist) (Fantasy/horror. 13-18)"
The rise of a rival coven spells both complications and loyalty conflicts for the young witches charged with saving the world from a demon invasion. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Adults and children will eagerly follow Serafina from the basement into a world of self-discovery, justice, and new friendships. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Serafina mostly enjoyed her life at the Biltmore Estate until the other children started disappearing at night. Read full book review >
THE DOUBLECROSS by Jackson Pearce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"International espionage plus wacky high jinks equals plot-twisting fun. (Thriller. 8-12)"
An unlikely hero becomes a double agent to save his parents and possibly the whole world. 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 >