MURDER IS BAD MANNERS by Robin Stevens
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"An irresistible English import with sequels to come. (Mystery. 10-14)"
A pair of eighth-grade girls, admirers of Holmes and Watson, expose a real murderer in a tony English boarding school in 1934. Read full book review >
GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"Rich in all areas, Delphine and her sisters' third outing will fully satisfy the many fans of their first two. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The coping skills of three sisters are put to the test as they leave Brooklyn for a rural summer in 1969 Alabama. Read full book review >

CASTLE HANGNAIL by Ursula Vernon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2015

"An appealing protagonist, lots of action, clever, witty writing, witchcraft and evildoers who get nothing but what they deserve—what's not to love? (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Castle Hangnail is in desperate need of a new Master; 12-year-old budding Wicked Witch Molly might be just the person to fill the position. Read full book review >
WILD IDEAS by Elin Kelsey
Kirkus Star
by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Profound and entirely wonderful. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-12)"
Finding solutions to sticky problems can be a mind-expanding adventure. Read full book review >
THE WHISPERER by Fiona McIntosh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A gripping, first-rate tale of a prince and a pauper. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Two 13-year-old strangers living in the land of Drestonia find themselves communicating through their minds as their perilous lives become surprisingly intertwined. 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 >
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 LOST MARBLE NOTEBOOK OF FORGOTTEN GIRL & RANDOM BOY by Marie Jaskulka
Released: April 7, 2015

"Graceful. Searing. Haunting. (Verse fiction. 12-17)"
Trying to escape their broken worlds, two teens fall in love with devastating results. Read full book review >
LIES I TOLD by Michelle Zink
Released: April 7, 2015

"Highly readable, gripping and touching. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl struggles to hold onto her own identity within her family of thieves. Read full book review >
SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli
Released: April 7, 2015

"Funny, moving and emotionally wise. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A gay teen comes out to friends, family and classmates after his secret correspondence with another boy is discovered. Read full book review >
BUTTON HILL by Michael Bradford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Rare, scary fun. With tomatoes. (Horror. 11-13)"
A moment's messing with an odd clock plunges a lad into the strange and dangerous borderland between the living world and the realms of the dead in this decidedly offbeat chiller. Read full book review >
LAUREN IPSUM by Carlos Bueno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015

"Positive, smart, empowering philosophies and thinking skills couched in a wacky adventure. (Fantasy/philosophy. 8-14)"
A lost girl travels through a fantastical Alice in Wonderland-esque world filled with The Phantom Tollbooth-like computer-programming metaphors.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 >