SKANDAL by Lindsay Smith
Released: April 7, 2015

"Well-paced action and mystery for an appealing heroine, complete with Cold War attitudes. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
In 1964, a psychic Russian teen works with the CIA to prevent war with the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER) by Geoff Rodkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"This frothy family contretemps ends on a note of sincere reconciliation (once Reese's hair grows back out, anyway)—that's presumably upended in time for the sequel. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An escalating sibling spat delivers "a buttload of life lessons" along with tears, terrible smells, a dorky mohawk and massive numbers of video game casualties. Read full book review >

LIKE A RIVER by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A superb Civil War tale of friendship, loyalty and what it means to be a man. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
The stories of three teens intersect in the later years of the Civil War in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE TRAP by Steven  Arntson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"An amazing blend of mystery, romance, science fiction and social commentary. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
It is 1963 in Farro, Iowa, where not much happens—at least until the school bully goes missing and four seventh-graders find a book that allows them to literally have out-of-body experiences. Read full book review >
PALACE OF LIES by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: April 7, 2015

"A welcome return to the Just Ella universe. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Haddix continues the series that began with the alternate "Cinderella" Just Ella (1999) with a story about a different princess.Read full book review >

GENUINE SWEET by Faith Harkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A folksy first-person narration combined with a thought-provoking storyline makes this a good pick for solo enjoyment or book club discussion. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A coming-of-age story starring 12-year-old Genuine (pronounced Gen-u-wine) Sweet, fourth-generation wish-fetcher from the very small town of Sass, Georgia. Read full book review >
ANASTASIA AND HER SISTERS by Carolyn Meyer
Released: April 7, 2015

"A richly detailed introduction to the tragedy of the last royal family of Russia. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Anastasia and her siblings may be kept in ignorance about most of the tragedy and upheaval affecting Russia in the early 20th century, but that doesn't stop them from worrying about the world beyond their daily lives. Read full book review >
MISS MAYHEM by Rachel Hawkins
Released: April 7, 2015

"It all seems quite ordinary supernatural stuff until it isn't. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
In this sequel to Rebel Belle (2014), the new romance between Harper and David is threatened by their supernatural abilities.Read full book review >
DIARY OF A WAITRESS by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A slowly paced and occasionally even tedious depiction of a small slice of American railroad history. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Although more than a year too young for the position, almost-17-year-old Kitty takes a job as a Harvey Girl, one of the well-trained waitresses that staffed a national restaurant chain serving rail passengers from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries. Read full book review >
NELSON MANDELA by Beatrice Gormley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"A complete, informative introduction to a nonviolent revolutionary and one of history's most important champions of human rights. (photos, timeline, glossary, source notes) (Biography. 10-14)"
A young troublemaker grows up to be a civil rights activist, president of his country and world leader in this overview of the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning peacemaker. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"Teens interested in any and all aspects of a career in dance will find useful and entertaining information here. (resources, glossary, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
From ballet to Broadway and from Hollywood to hip-hop: a how-to. Read full book review >
THE BLACK RECKONING by John Stephens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"This fantasy trilogy closes with both satisfying finality and the realistic, requisite heartbreak that comes with saying goodbye. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Kids grow up so quickly these days—at least they do when they are prophetically linked to magical relics. 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 >