THE NOVICE by Taran Matharu
Released: May 5, 2015

"Fantasy readers should enjoy this entertaining, comfortably familiar-feeling adventure featuring an earnest soldier-schoolboy and his demonic sidekick. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A young orphan makes friends (and enemies) at a magic school in this solid series opener. Read full book review >
THE GREAT GOOD SUMMER by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Equal parts peculiar and poignant, Ivy's story will have readers giggling as they root for her to find everything she's looking for. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When her beloved mama goes missing, idea girl Ivy Green springs into action. Read full book review >

THE LAST LEAVES FALLING by Sarah Benwell
Released: May 5, 2015

"Benwell's gentle treatment of friendship and death with dignity will touch fans of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2012). (glossary) (Fiction. 13-18)"
A Japanese teen contracts a fatal disease and tests the strength of friendship. Read full book review >
COSMOE'S WIENER GETAWAY by Max Brallier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"The book is so frenetic that some readers will need caffeine to get through it, but in the end, that turns out to be an advantage: If a joke doesn't work, or if readers get bored, all they have to do is turn the page. (Graphic/science-fiction hybrid. 7-12)"
This highly illustrated story has something for every demographic, offering robots, zombies, hot dogs, a princess, video games and wrestlers. This is not a complete list. Read full book review >
WILDER BOYS by Brandon Wallace
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"The action may sometimes be implausible, but it sure doesn't stop. (Adventure. 9-14)"
After their mother is taken to the hospital, two brothers decamp from their home outside Pittsburgh in order to find their estranged father in a remote area of Wyoming. Read full book review >

REVENGE, ICE CREAM AND OTHER THINGS BEST SERVED COLD by Katie Finn
Released: May 5, 2015

"As satisfying as watching a reality show but with a finer-tuned plot. (Fiction. 13-18)"
More mean-girl high jinks in the Hamptons in this follow-up to Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (2014).Read full book review >
DUST TO DUST by Melissa Walker
Released: May 5, 2015

"Paranormal romance done well, with a warning: When it comes to incantations, always read the fine print. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
Second in a two-book series—but nicely readable as a stand-alone—after Ashes to Ashes (2013), this continues the dual-world adventures of teen Callie. Read full book review >
MATERIAL GIRLS by Elaine Dimopoulos
Released: May 5, 2015

"Sly, subversive fun. (bibliography) (Fiction. 12-18)"
Fashion judge Marla Klein and pop superstar Ivy Wilde have achieved success their teen peers only dream of, but in a world where clothing trends come and go so fast that only high-tech trendcheckers can detect their passing and "stay young" has replaced "goodbye," no one rides high for long. Read full book review >
UNDERTOW by Michael Buckley
Released: May 5, 2015

"Odd but nevertheless exciting. (Dystopic fantasy. 13-16)"
The Alpha arrive on the shores of Coney Island. Read full book review >
MOONE BOY by Chris O'Dowd
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"This story should keep its target audience of pre-pubescent boys giggling but is unlikely to find fans outside of this demographic. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Martin Moone, a dimwitted 11-year-old Irish boy with three difficult older sisters, decides to take on an imaginary friend, or IF. Read full book review >
A LITTLE BIT OF SPECTACULAR by Gin Phillips
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Although the story could use more dramatic pull, readers should enjoy its sympathetic protagonist and offbeat mystery element. (Fiction. 9-13)"
An enigmatic message on a bathroom wall intrigues a lonely 11-year-old girl who decides to investigate, making a friend in the process. Read full book review >
THE FORGET-ME-NOT SUMMER by Leila Howland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"An old-fashioned story well-told, with engaging characters—a beach read for preteens that is as comfortable as the old tennis shoes worn on the Massachusetts shore. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When job opportunities prevent their parents from staying in Los Angeles for the summer, Zinnia, Marigold, and Lily are sent, unhappily, across the country to great-aunt Sunny's. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >